Thanks to all who have donated to our fundraising campaigns in 2015. Here are updates on the generous support we received from our greater school community. Click Here if you’d still like to make an online donation.
Annual Giving Update
We have raised $21,615 toward our “Why I Give” Capital Campaign, which means we are only $885 away from our goal! Many thanks to those who generously supported the Campaign prior to our December 18 deadline.
We will continue with the Campaign until we reach our goal of $22,500. We have received pledges from 84% of our current families, in addition to pledges from numerous alumni families. With the support of the remaining 16% of current families who have not yet pledged, we can easily reach our goal. In the coming weeks, members of our Board of Trustees will contact families who have not yet donated to encourage their support.
Capital Campaign Update
We are pleased to share that for the 2015-16 school year we have raised $30,511 towards our Raise the Roof Campaign, bringing our total amount raised to $77,221! This leaves $147,000 to raise to finish our Capital Campaign and complete our final phase of construction over the South wing of the building.
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This fall, Spring Garden welcomed GroundWorks Dance Theater into our school for a second year. The Cleveland-based theater company first hosted an in-school workshop, followed by an on-stage workshop and student performance at the downtown Akron Library auditorium.
GroundWorks spent time with our 5th, 6th and 7th graders exploring the nuances of the human experience through unique and adventurous choreography. Students did three unique exercises — trace letters with movement, work together in an exercise of under over and around, and also work in pairs to balance on one and three points of the body.
The students then practiced these exercises after the workshop and combined them into a dance routine. Here are the performances from each of our three groups of SGWS students.
Spring Garden Waldorf School bought the Indian Springs Copley School building on Jacoby Rd. back in 1994. This flat roofed school building, built in 1962, had many roof repairs, but after 50 years, it was time for a completely new roof.
Spring Garden began its Raise the Roof Capital Campaign in 2013 to replace the school’s flat roof with a gabled, asphalt shingled roof, a project estimated to cost $736,000.00. This gabled roof will allow for future upgrades, improved aesthetics, additional storage, and is the most fiscally responsible replacement for the long term. Thanks to institutional funds, donations to the capital campaign, and the support of local foundations, the dream of a long lasting roof and dry school is becoming a reality.
The H.E. Graves Jr. Family Foundation has gifted the school $3,500 from Morgan and Jeremy Simmons, SGWS parents and Board member (Jeremy). Also the Waldorf Schools Fund, Inc., has gifted us with a grant of $10,500 for the roof.
In addition to this support for the Capital Campaign, the Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation, FirstMerit Bank, Trustee, has gifted us with a $1,000 grant for general school support. The Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation, FirstMerit Bank, Trustee, gifted us with a $500.00 grant for general support as well.
Our heartfelt thanks to all these generous foundations that are helping us provide the highest quality Waldorf Education to our students.
We sat down with high school senior and SGWS alumni, Cami Miller, to talk about her recent success in high school and her merit scholarship to The College of Wooster.
A: I attended SGWS from the end of third grade through sixth grade, at which time I transferred to the Honolulu Waldorf School. SGWS is still by far my favorite school I have ever attended. The friends and teachers I met there have impacted my life in an amazing way. I came to SGWS stressed out from public school and considered a slow reader by their standards. By the end of my SGWS experience I was a care-free, engaged sixth grader who read at a high school level. Spring Garden taught me to love learning and reading which is something I have carried into my high school years.
Q: What was your journey at St. Vincent’s and how did that lead / contribute to your being awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for the College of Wooster?
A: I came into St. Vincent- St. Mary High School a very eager student. My freshman year I was a three sport athlete in the honors track academically. Throughout the next two years I was able to find my groove at the school. I began to focus more on volleyball and I gave up basketball and track. I played for my school and for Junior Olympic clubs and I am very happy to say I will be continuing to play volleyball at The College of Wooster. I also became more active in the clubs at STVM. I became involved in Spanish Club, Multicultural Club, National Honors Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. This year I started volunteering regularly at the Haven of Rest with some of my classmates and teachers. All of my clubs and extracurricular activities have allowed me to find a few of my passions including helping others and exploring different cultures. Academically, I have worked hard and had very good outcomes over the years. I have made Honor Roll every quarter of high school and I have received multiple Excellence Awards in a few subjects including math and English. I think that my diverse activities and strong work ethic is what lead to me receiving the Dean’s Scholarship.
Q: How do you feel about receiving this scholarship?
A: I am extremely proud to have received the Dean’s Scholarship. It makes me very happy to see my hard work pay off. It also makes me confident that my hard work in college will hopefully lead to great things later in the work field.
Q: What do you plan to study in college?
A: I have not decided on a major yet, but I am interested in anthropology and at least one other language. I love learning about and experiencing new cultures. It is a dream of mine to be bilingual and one day live in a another country. My language of choice right now is Spanish because I have been taking it since third grade and I love it. My second choice is German because this past summer I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Germany and meet my family that I have living there. Another reason I am interested in foreign languages is because I hope to be able to enter the Peace Corp after college and knowing another language is very helpful with that. With whatever I end up studying I hope I will have to opportunity to travel the world and help people.
Q: What advice would you give to other SGWS students, say our eighth graders about to go off to high school … about the transition, the high school years, and then choosing/applying to college?
A: To all of the eighth graders at SGWS: enjoy your time at that school. There’s no place quite like it. High school might seem big and scary to you now (trust me I was terrified), but don’t stress about it too much. Just take it one step at a time and enjoy each moment. It passes by in the blink of an eye! Find what you love and work hard at it, it makes time go by and memories that last forever.
Thanks Cami and congratulations on becoming an inspiring young woman. Good luck at The College of Wooster!
The Basketball schedules for the Boys and Girls teams are below. Please remember that athletes Must arrive 30 min. prior to the scheduled time of the start of the game. If your athlete for some reason (sickness, injury, or family emergency) needs to miss a game, please contact Nancy Stewart or the head coach asap.
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by Joe Kapitan
The question “Why I Give” to the SGWS Annual Giving Campaign and the Raise the Roof Capital Campaign has two answers. They are very different programs with differing goals, yet both are equally vital to the future success of SGWS. As a third-year Board member and Site Committee member, I’d like to share with you my view from the inside of these groups.
The Annual Giving Campaign (AGC) is a line item within the annual school budget, which is reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees. When combined with tuition and fundraising, the AGC helps form the tripod of financial support on which the school operates. Most parents are aware that tuition alone does not cover what it actually costs to educate a child at SGWS; fundraising and the AGC fill in the gaps. And this doesn’t mean having enough money to maintain a status quo operation—far from it! Part of the commitment we make in the AWSNA accreditation process is to create strategic goals and a plan for continuous self-improvement. As one example, the Board recognizes that our hard-working teachers deserve better pay and benefits based on the results of regional research and survey data, and the Board is committed to making this happen. My wife and I are thankful that our two kids have loved going to school each day, and one big reason behind that is our school’s ability to attract and retain quality teachers. Your support of the AGC doesn’t just keep us going, it keeps us growing.
In contrast, the new roof project is a once-in-a-lifetime challenge (and opportunity!). Our school building was built in 1961, and with some diligent repair work and sometimes a few buckets, the original roof lasted over fifty years. (I can assure you, as an architect and construction manager, that roofs rarely make it past thirty years, especially flat ones). The Site Committee conducted life-cycle analyses to weigh the long-term benefits of multiple solutions. In the end, a peaked asphalt shingle roof presented the best overall value, along with the added benefits of increasing the insulation value of the roof and greatly improving the school’s curb appeal. I can tell you that there were many early discussions about the size of the project, the daunting cost, and whether or not this idea was beyond the capabilities of SGWS. In the end, we chose to challenge ourselves, to push our comfort zone, and the community responded in an amazing way. I probably shouldn’t have doubted.
At Spring Garden I’ve seen 8th graders perform entire Shakespearean plays that adults would have trouble with, and the following week, conquer their fears at Ace Adventures. In that same spirit of determination shown by our kids, the adults of this community have rallied together, and now the near-impossible roof project is more than 75% complete. Join my wife JoAnne and me in being a part of the group that finishes the new roof that will protect this school for its next fifty years.