A Letter from Nancy Pelosi
Last month, our eighth graders returned from one of the most important events of their CDS career: a trip to Washington DC, where they brought this year’s theme of Activism into practice. They had drawn up petitions for abortion rights and environmental justice, containing the signatures of thousands of Bay Area citizens, and in the nation’s capital they personally delivered these documents to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The students visited many historical locations, ranging from the Lincoln Memorial to the Library of Congress, but they described their meeting with Rep. Pelosi as their proudest moment.
This week, Rep. Pelosi followed up on our visit by sending a letter to the CDS community in praise of our commitment to activism. She writes to our students that “your generation will play an important role in addressing the challenges we face, and your interest in the world around you gives me great hope for the future.” We’re humbled by her kind words, and we know that our students will live up to her expectations.
Here is the full text of her letter:
Dear Children's Day School Students:
Thank you for taking the time to visit me in Washington DC. I enjoyed speaking with you and hearing about your months of researching and talking with your neighbors regarding climate change. Your generation will play an important role in addressing the challenges we face, and your interest in the world around you gives me great hope for the future.
As we know, climate change is real, and its consequences are undeniable. Rising seas, droughts, and increasingly extreme and unprecedented weather patterns will impact every nation on every continent - and communities across America are already feeling the effects. President Trump may try to undermine our commitments to climate, but states, the private sector, and communities just like yours are stepping forward. We will continue to fight for clean air, clean water, and the clean energy investments that protect our climate and create good-paying jobs.
Thank you, again, for contacting me on this issue. I hope you will continue to write me on matters of concern to you. I encourage you to stay engaged on the issues that are important to you, and to dedicate your energy and talent to improving your community and our country. Through academic rigor and service, young people like you will accomplish great things as you lead America in the 21st century.