Welcome to The Bridge 1.7, November 26th, 2017.
This issue of The Bridge is focused on being thankful for the opportunities we have had and hopeful for the opportunities we will be able to offer to the young adults who will be joining us at City of Bridges High School! As I mentioned in the last Bridge, there are a number of important developments that are in the works for COBHS, I can’t reveal them yet, but I hope you will be as excited as I am when they are revealed.
Bridges: The adults of the future (who are the children and teenagers of the present) will be living in an increasingly global and integrated world. Currently in this country we have a political narrative that espouses a nationalist ideology. The reality is that we will continue to live in and be part of the world and our fledgling adults need to experience the globally integrated future.
We (Randy and Paige) are thankful that we have been able to provide our children with opportunities to participate in the world, as global citizens and as appreciators of culture.
We have been honored to share in culture, both urban and rural, of Morocco.
We have experienced the history and beauty of Ireland.
We have reveled in the diversity and potency of the United States of America.
I will never forget our first night in Marrakech, when I stood on the rooftop veranda of the house we were staying in, and looked out over the date palms and the minaret of the Khutoubia Mosque. I remember hearing the call to prayer and realizing that this experience was completely new and spectacular for my children. I had the same feeling when we took a group of 8th grade students on their class trip to Tuba City in the Navajo Nation. City of Bridges High School is part of the global community. Pittsburgh is a city of bridges and City of Bridges High School strives to bridge communities in Pittsburgh, but also to connect future adults to the world though curriculum, experiences and opportunities. By building experiential bridges in high school we will be able to support global bridges in the future.
Bread: Today I baked a couple of loaves of Pecan Raisin Bread. I learned the recipe from a class on naturally leavened bread that I took at Zingerman’s Bakehouse. As a part of the class we each started our own sourdough starter. The starter from that class was wonderful, but for many years I have been using a starter that I got from my mother. Her starter began on the west coast, before I was born. This starter contains the history of its origins in Seattle, but over the years has become distinctly Pittsburgh. A starter is a combination of yeasts and bacteria and the flora of each region differs. City of Bridges High School is like a starter, it contains the history of other progressive schools, Youth Initiative High School, The Putney School, Stone Independent, and The Shambhala School, but at the end of the day it is shaped by this region and community. COBHS is at home in Pittsburgh and the resources and community here are foundational to our school.
The pieces of City of Bridges are coming together! Thank you for your ongoing support and interest.
Randy and Paige