At this year’s 27th Annual Benefit Auction, April 23rd at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School will honor and award an alumni who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world. This award, “The Waldorf Difference”, is being given to Akron native and Commarke President, James Herold, for his contributions to the Akron business community as well as his commitment to giving back to SGWS as a volunteer basketball coach.
James is a recent graduate of the University of Akron and startup executive at Commarke Marketing Agency here in Akron, OH, which specializes in target marketing to the Millennial demographic. James is also giving directly back to the Spring Garden community as a volunteer in our athletic department as a basketball coach for our young men’s Jaguar team. Jim has given our students positive mentoring, interactions, and actions worthy of imitation for our students.
James graduated from Spring Garden Waldorf School in 2005 and still remembers the influence of his teacher, Theo Michaels, and his Waldorf education.
“My Waldorf education curated my ability to find a distinct sense of what is new or individual about a client’s business, which then allows me to creatively approach their marketing needs. I attribute how I work through Commarke – developing unique ideas and out of the box thinking – to my time at SGWS.”
We are pleased to honor James Herold at this year’s Spring Garden Annual Auction Benefit at Greystone Hall as our The Waldorf Difference Award Winner.
All are welcome to Spring Garden’s upcoming Walk Through The Grades Day — Wednesday, April 13th, at 9 am. REGISTER HERE or Email our Admissions Director, Amy Hecky, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Garden is part of the longstanding Waldorf tradition, drawing attention for what the New York Times calls, “a teaching philosophy focused on physical activity and learning through creative, hands on tasks. Waldorf educators strive to implement the right thing at the right time and follow a multidisciplinary approach to teaching, which is supported by modern day scientific research about successful learning.”
Nothing shows the power of this type of education like seeing it in action. Our In Session Class Tours, also known as Walk Through the Grades, provide parents a unique opportunity to see how our teachers employ this innovative approach to education, which gives children the opportunity to learn through a wide variety of experiences, increasing depth of understanding as well as intersecting with individual learning styles.
People often note the quiet and concentration of our Early Childhood students and their ability to listen carefully to their soft spoken teachers.
Children learn best by doing. Movement is key to teaching math, writing and reading in Primary School children.
Music and art are woven into Main Lesson subjects like reading, writing and math.
Third graders are eager to learn about the world outside of themselves and have the skills they need to concentrate and absorb challenging information.
The Fourth grade day is rich, including special subjects like clay sculpture, gardening and violin on top of regular academic rigor.
On tours of Grade 5 classes and beyond, many parents comment about on the amount of collaboration and vibrant conversation among the teacher and the students.
Spanish, geometry, history, language arts are all taught through engaging and interesting projects. Here is an example of the final result of a Sixth grade geometry lesson.
Our Seventh graders are often encountered in the Science Lab, being led to their own conclusions about experiments taught through Socratic inquiry and interaction.
On any given tour, you may find our oldest students helping their First grade buddies, making a chair in woodworking class, practicing for orchestra, studying algebra, anatomy or physics, or working on a paper for U.S. history.
You will also find, that whatever our students doing, they are not only passionate about it, but engaged with the subject and with one another, and respectful and grateful for their teachers.
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Wondering about the flower in the lobby? It’s our donation thank you flower. Community members procuring donation items for the auction will have their names pinned to our flower as our way of saying thank you for all the contributions that help to make our auction a success.
If every family in our community secures just one donation item from a local business or other source, that will provide the school over 75 auction items and raise thousands of dollars!
If you’d like to donate an item or know of a business that will donate, please click here for our online donation form.
Here are some good examples of donation items that families can procure:
- Handmade items are always popular
- A service such as babysitting, class lunches, a dessert a month for the year, custom outings/experiences for children or adults
- Gift certificates to restaurants and for experiences are very popular. Consider soliciting one from your favorite local business
- Solicit an ad or sponsorship from a business that you frequent or own.
If you’re ready to donate sponsor or advertise:
- Fill out this form to Donate an item or service.
- Go here to purchase a Sponsorship
- Go Here to purchase an event Advertisement
All are welcome to attend the documentary screening of the film, “Screenagers,” Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m. at the Copley High School Auditorium. This event, free and open to the public, is hosted by Spring Garden Waldorf School and sponsored by Integrative Neuropsychology.
The thought provoking documentary by physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, explores parenting children in this digital age and focuses on offering solutions on how families can find balance.
Learn more about the film here at ABC News.
Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.
Delaney’s own daughter explained why she wanted a phone: “I would be cool. And I’d be able to look busy in awkward situations.”
Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.
Click on the link to watch the trailer: http://www.screenagersmovie.com/about/
Sometimes, parents ask why the school has each class make a unique auction project for our Benefit. The simple answer is that they are wonderful works of art that we sell at the live auction! The projects often raise large sums, but there are many other reasons we support the creation of student art for this event.
These projects bring parents and students of each class together to support the school through a creative, valuable endeavor. The creative works that come out of these collaborations are truly priceless, not only by design, but by the spirit all bring to the task. The effort and care brought to these projects shows.
Pride of Creation and Ownership
The students benefit greatly from doing this work. Not only do they come together with their classmates to create art, but they also see the value that art brings directly to the school. They are contributing to their community is the best way possible — by learning, collaborating, and creating something beautiful and worthwhile together!
A Treasure Forever
This priceless work of art is a treasure that one family will get to keep forever to remember their child’s work and their family’s elementary school experience at Spring Garden.
And yes, it’s also an amazing fundraiser. School class projects often sell for large amounts of money. So in addition to all the non-monetary value they add to the Spring Garden experience, they also often bring monetary value and profit to the school’s largest fundraiser.
Thank you to everyone in our community that contributes to these wonderful projects, year over year. We cannot express enough gratitude for the love and effort that go into these works of art.