You can’t miss it. Visitors to Gann are now met with a bold and engaging motif and display of messages in the lobby and Dining Hall that succinctly capture the personality, the purpose, and the values of the school. It’s a perfect celebration of the new year and a fresh and fun take on what Gann is all about. A bright red, eight-foot long “Welcome” in both English and Hebrew at the reception window is bested by a 30-foot long “Ready for Tomorrow”, capturing the declared intent of the school, to prepare our graduates for the 21st century and all the opportunities and challenges they will face. Contemporary furnishings, modular seating areas, and high top tables underscore the message by providing enticing places for collaboration and conversation.
A new comfortable seating area in the main alcove is around the corner from a bright red wall that contains motivating quotes from five distinct Jewish voices from the past. The compelling statements, in both English and Hebrew, range from Bob Dylan’s “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with freedom” to Hannah Senesh, a paratrooper during World War II, who once declared, “One needs something to believe in, something for which one can have whole-hearted enthusiasm. One needs to feel that one's life has meaning, that one is needed in this world.” The words capture the depth and breadth of Jewish understanding while providing encouragement to the students to think and act with courage and conviction.
The final element of the makeover extends into the Dining Hall where visitors, students, and staff are exposed to the four values, each rendered in red, 20-foot English and Hebrew lettering. Care, Connect, Strive and Create are now constant reminders to all and an apt guide as we head into the new year.