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Our school's response to a global pandemic

For the last twelve months, our staff, students, and families have worked hard to embrace challenges, find safe solutions, and remain flexible during a time of enormous upheaval and sudden change in the educational and national landscapes. The result? A thriving, growing group of children, and a strong, dedicated community of families and staff.

In this video, hear from our Head of School, Emily Davis, as she gives us a behind-the-scenes peek at the incredible journey the school community has been on over the last year.

Thanks in no small part to support from our community, the Gardner School has been able to provide our students, families, and teachers with the vital support and sanctuary needed to weather this global crisis together.

With great enthusiasm and dedication, we continue this work as we begin planning for next year and hope you'll support us!

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Teacher Stories
 
Despite the COVID restrictions, our community has been able to safely facilitate what we all need right now- human connection. Students are forming friendships and building confidence through a sense of knowing that we care about each other. Given the ability to see the best in a challenging time in their lives, students are able to see the best in themselves, their environment, and each other. I am incredibly grateful to be teaching on campus with students and staff this year. These connections bring purpose and joy to my life, as well.

Shauna Danielson
Klickitat & Tahoma (Grade 5 - 8) Teacher & Garden Coordinator
Being in-person has given my students the opportunity to create meaningful and authentic relationships with their teachers and peers. I see how essential it is for my students to interact and learn from one another, and we’ve grown so much as a class because of it! Being in-person has helped my students regulate their natural daily rhythms which is essential in early childhood development. I’m so thankful I am able to be here and care for such wonderful little humans! 

Shara Parker
Mazama (Pre-K) Teacher & Spanish Teacher (Grades 5 - 8)
I am so grateful to be teaching in-person! My students are benefiting not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well. The work we do here is important and it shines through each and every one of the kiddos. My favorite part of being in person is our ability to experience nature together. We have explored the wetlands in our own backyard and the WSU forest several times. I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing community!

Amelia Carter
Wy'East (Grade 3 & 4) Teacher

How you can help

Our team of faculty and staff continue working tirelessly to reimagine the Gardner experience in these challenging times so that we can keep our students safely on campus, all while working to ensure that we preserve everything that makes Gardner unique. 

The Growing Gardner Annual Fund provides the flexibility necessary to respond in real-time to our evolving needs as our small non-profit works hard to survive this global pandemic.

As we begin planning for another year where COVID will play a continued role in our lives, we hope you'll consider giving to our Annual Fund today!

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See our new look tomorrow!

Get a peek at an exciting new look for the Gardner School! We're excited to share the next chapter as our school continues to grow.
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