We are thrilled to announce: All Proceeds from The Akron Mardi Gras Bash, February 12th, at Tangiers in Akron benefit Spring Garden Waldorf School! The event, from 6-10 pm includes an open bar, New Orleans-style food, a DJ dance party and other fun festivities. Everything is included in the ticket price, on sale now, for $40.
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And most of all, tell your friends about how this night of fun benefits the students at Spring Garden. Who needs Valentines Day? Have your date night Fat Tuesday and enjoy festivities that help our children grow and thrive.
Two Tuesdays a month, our students (and faculty and staff, as well) enjoy hearty hot lunches prepared with fresh, wholesome ingredients and lots of love by Emily Schurr and a host of parent volunteers.
Food prep starts around 8:30, and by the end of main lesson, the halls are filled with enticing aromas. While upper-grades students walk to the gym to get their lunches, lower-grades students are served in their classrooms or in the hallway immediately adjacent to their classroom. Preparing and serving these delicious meals is a labor-intensive process, and the apparent ease with which this group pulls everything together is inspiring.
Emily came to SGWS when her oldest son, Nathan, was three years old. He turns thirty this year. Emily also has a daughter, Hannah, who is a junior in college this year. Over her 27 years as an SGWS community member, Emily has worn many hats. She began the hot lunch program at SGWS approximately 13 years ago.
When the school first purchased this building, the kitchen was not in working order, nor did it have the necessary equipment. With Emily’s help, SGWS overcame those obstacles and began offering lunches in 1999. We’re grateful for the time and love Emily has given to our community.We’d also like to thank the volunteers who are here every Tuesday, and to invite you to join them! We’re always in need of more help, especially at serving time. You can find sign-up sheets posted by the parent mailboxes.
Come one, come all to our Holiday Assembly, this Friday, December 21. Grandparents, extended families, and friends are invited to join us between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. for refreshments and baked goods before our 9:00 program. The children are looking forward to sharing their performances with an audience including grandparents on this day. The Assembly will last approximately one hour.
The very next day, on Saturday December 22, Spring Garden Waldorf will participate in the Holidayfest Countdown to First Night Akron. Come out to Lock 3 in downtown Akron and cheer as the SGWS banner is unfurled at 7:00 pm and then enjoy discounted skating and a night of holiday fun!
Spring Garden Waldorf School alumni, Chris Connelly, was awarded the Kroc Fellowship with National Public Radio. The fellowship is an honor to receive and Chris is paid to intern in all aspects of NPR. He is currently a producer for All Things Considered. His next assignments will be as a reporter both producing his own stories and reporting on national news in Washington D.C.
Chris went from Spring Garden to Firestone High School and then to Antioch and Berkeley for Media and Journalism. He says his elementary education at SGWS taught him how to collaborate. “It is such an incredible skill to be able to talk with people and critically engage with each person’s ideas—100% of my work is collaborative now so being able to communicate and collaborate along with thinking critically has been invaluable.”
The folks at NPR have worked before with Waldorf graduates and told Chris his attributes are true to what they have seen before in Waldorf students.
“Everywhere I go, more and more people have heard of Waldorf. When I say in passing, oh I went to a Waldorf school, the typical response I hear is ‘that’s why I like you so much!’ It’s like it’s an explanation of why I am a good person.”
This Holiday Season, please give the gift of support to Spring Garden with a tax deductible donation. We need everyone’s help, no matter how small the gift. Not only does your donation allow SGWS to meet its day-to-day operating expenses, but having 100% of families, faculty and staff donate is essential when we submit grant requests.
They figure, if you don’t support Spring Garden, why should they?! So, please donate an amount comfortable for your family and ensure we are funded in the future.
Even $100 is meaningful. Your contribution helps make the Waldorf Difference by funding the materials we need for our wonderfully diverse curriculum. A $100 donation could buy:
- 14 paintbrushes
- Enough seeds to plant our entire 1/2 acre field
- Four wooden soprano recorders
- Substitute Teacher pay for 1 day
- 28 main lesson books
- 10 paint boards
- 2 days of electricity
- 75 sheets watercolor paper
- Four 8-oz. bottles of watercolor paint
- 12 skeins wool yarn
- 259 rolls of toilet paper
Be the Difference and support SGWS today. Please do it for our teachers, for our staff, for our community, and, most importantly, for our children and their futures.
In the latest project, we are working with five students from an English Composition II course, which is focused on argumentation and rhetoric, as well as composition. The UA students researched the Spring Garden community and decided to work with us to beautify our facility, so that when families drive up to the school, the outside of the building reflects what goes on inside. The UA students will then give a presentation at the end of the semester that represents their work with the Spring Garden Waldorf community.
Our previous project through UA Service Learning was the creation of the beautiful Day of the Dead alter displayed at our school store this last fall. The altar was built by UA Spanish students and Spring Garden eighth grade students, in celebration of one of Mexico’s most renowned traditional celebrations.
According to UA, “This service-learning project provided UA learners an opportunity to engage in meaningful research, collaborate with local Spanish students, and have first-hand experience with a Mexican tradition.”