7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Dec 07, 2012

Gillispie: A Community Engaged with the Community

December 6, 2012

I’ve always been impressed with the way Gillispie students and their families reach out into the community to help others and to share their spirit.

Thanks to the industry of our fourth graders and your generosity, two tons of peppers (of all colors) were sorted and six 55-gallon drums of food were collected for eventual distribution through the San Diego Food Bank; the Bank provides for 350,000 individuals every month through its many programs.

Because of your response in contributing 194 pounds of your leftover Halloween candy, United States military members received care packages through Operation Gratitude. As one Private First Class wrote, “I cannot express to you how great it feels to come home after a long day of running missions to find a care package full of love sitting on your bunk.”

La Jolla’s holiday parade took place last Sunday and was a large success due to many hands. Staff members had fun conceptualizing and designing the float, while some parents rolled up their sleeves during construction. A Gillispie dad patiently drove the float-laden truck down Girard, while another parent made several participants poodle-style snowmen skirts commemorating the School’s incorporation in 1952. Our walkers in the parade were a mighty 80 in number, the largest representation of Gillispie spirit ever for this event.

(On a side note, a couple of you have asked why Gillispie doesn’t have a marshal representing the School at the holiday parade. For me, it’s a philosophical question. The La Jolla Town Council asks the schools to select a child who has distinguished him/herself, but we don’t typically showcase any one individual. As mentioned, we all marched together in the parade. It’s the same reason why we don’t give individual awards at sixth grade graduation; the diploma is “the prize.” Even in our student government, the sixth graders who participate lead as the executive council team—we no longer have a student council president. I feel that elementary students don’t need to worry about distinguishing themselves so early in their lives; they’ll have many future opportunities for which, I’ve no doubt, they’ll be well prepared.)

A sincerely appreciative and proud of head of school,

Alison Fleming
Head of School

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