Donations for our 25th Annual Benefit Auction come in all forms and yesterday one of our students got to benefit from a donation made last year. The family of Theodore Martin-Powers were the lucky bidders on a Fire Marshall Experience during school hours. Theo not only got to hang out with a fireman, but was also allowed to do something every kid wants to do . . . Pull The Fire Alarm At School!
Experience items are very popular at the auction. Our parents love to give their children interesting things to participate in throughout the year like ski or piano lessons, overnight parties hosted by parents, summer camps, or park tickets. Any new item or experience, of any value, can be donated to our silent or live auction.
Other examples include:
- Baskets with themes for tea, wine, toys, or homeopathy.
- Services like babysitting, business consulting, photography or art portraits.
- Gift Cards to local and national businesses.
- Weekend getaways, home improvement items, etc..
What will your family donate this year? Fill out this online form https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/donate_items/new to tell us about the item. We will send you a receipt and instructions about where and when to drop off the item.
If finances are too tight to donate this year, you can still be a part of this important event!
- Ask a business owner you know if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
- Ask a business that you patronize (or simply one that you like) if they’d be willing to donate a gift card, an item, or buy an ad.
- Donate your time as a silent auction item – Offer leaf raking, house cleaning, or babysitting. Or co-host a dinner or other child friendly event with a friend.
Thank you to our supportive parents and greater community for making this event a sure success!
At this year’s 25th Annual Benefit Auction, March 22, at Greystone Hall, Spring Garden Waldorf School will honor 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’s own Laura Wallerstein for her participation as a Board Member with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Summit and Medina Counties, and her involvement in Torchbearers and the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank.
Laura has already been recognized for her career success, most notably being named a 2014 Ohio Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine. Attorneys chosen as “Ohio Super Lawyers” represent 5% of the Ohio Bar.
Laura has fond memories of grade school. She began in public school and advocated for her own switch to Waldorf education.
“After enrolling in SGWS, my mother tells me that I ‘went from being sad to being happy.’ As an adult, I simply have no memory of being anything but joyful in my grade school years. SGWS stripped away the pressures of a strictly academic-content curriculum and gave me the space to explore what a happy childhood could be like.”
Laura has also credited her childhood education with helping her appreciate strength in others. As a student in a class of children who were respected for their varying degrees of ability in different subjects, she grew to admire both difference and resourcefulness.
“A special kind of compassion and humility develops when one student who is strong in a subject helps another who is weak and then the students reverse roles in another activity. As an adult, I find opportunities for teamwork rather than ways to exclude those people who seem weak.”
We believe she sums it best by saying, “The Spring Garden Waldorf School community gave me more than an education; it gave me the space to be happy, the confidence to be unique, and the ability to appreciate the strength in others.”
Laura is a lifelong resident of Ohio and practices in the Akron office of Brennan, Manna & Diamond.
Experience Waldorf first hand by walking through in-session classes on February 12th. See our teachers doing what they love and see students loving to learn. Administrators will be available to answer questions both before and after our in-session tour which begins Wednesday at 9am. Come Experience the Waldorf Difference.
If you can come on the 12th, please register below. If you can’t, watch this video for a virtual walk through of our classrooms as featured on the Television Show, “Sustainable Life.”
The 2nd Annual Akron Mardi Gras Bash will be held on Saturday, March 1st, from 7:00 – 11:00 at The Tangier on W. Market Street near Highland Square. This Mardi Gras Destination features an open bar, New Orleans-style food, a DJ dance party and a full evening of dancing, masks, beads and fun. And best of all, a portion of proceeds benefit our school!
Pre-order Tickets are $50 and can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/akron-mardi-gras-bash-tickets-9615232419
At the door tickets are $60. There are also a limited number of $100 VIP tickets available, which include seating in a VIP section, ultra-premium alcohol and food service along with complimentary valet.
Interested attendees can also visit and Like the FaceBook Page to stay up to date on specials and news. The Tangier is located at 532 West Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44302, in the Highland Square District.
Our Annual Giving Campaign needs you. Currently we only have 60% participation from our currently enrolled families, but we need 100% of families to donate if we hope to receive grants from outside sources. They figure, if you don’t support Spring Garden, why should they?!
We need every enrolled family’s help, no matter how small the gift. So, please donate an amount comfortable for your family and ensure we are funded in the future.
Be the Difference and support SGWS today. Please donate now for our teachers, for our staff, for our community, and, most importantly, for our children and their futures.
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
- 28 main lesson books
- 2 days of electricity
- Four 8-oz. bottles of watercolor paint
- 12 skeins wool yarn
Please donate today!
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Auction will be at the majestic Greystone Hall in downtown Akron. The seven-story, greek-inspired Greystone Hall was built in 1917 as the Masonic Temple. When the Masons moved out in 2003, the Hall began offering up its space for theater, banquets, meetings and weddings.
Spring Garden’s Benefit Auction will be held in the stately two-story Ballroom, which comprises the second and third floor. The ballroom is popular, not only for its large windows and tiered balcony staircase ascending to the rooms above, but also its main stage.
After entering the elegant lobby, patrons of our benefit will go up to the third floor Sitting Parlor to register. This room overlooks the Ballroom where dinner will be served. Our silent auction will take place in neighboring 2nd floor rooms near the Ballroom — the Barrister’s Lounge and the Billiard Room.
Our event will sell out at 200 seats, so order tickets today: https://sgws.schoolauction.net/sgwsbenefit2014/register/ticket_sales
Parking is easy and here is a PDF of parking options near Greystone, along with a street map and directions.
- Click HERE for a PDF street map.
- Click HERE for a PDF parking map.
- Click HERE for a PDF directions sheet.
We look forward to seeing you to celebrate and support Spring Garden at Greystone Hall!
The new year brought many new changes to Spring Garden. We have building improvements large and small including new lighting in the middle grades hallway. We would like to thank Facilities Manager Frank Vargo, Site Committee Chair Ross Miller, Steve Denney, Bill Kirkland, and Greg Matias for their hard work in finishing the first stage of our lighting upgrade, and they hope to have another hallway done over the coming weekend.
We also have changes afoot in early childhood. Be sure and congratulate Marina Rana, who has been hired as the new Extended Care Lead Teacher. Miss Marina has a bachelor’s degree in education and had been working as Mr. Ryan’s assistant before taking over his position.
We are also welcoming new families to SGWS this month. Fin Jones, whose brother Auggie is in Grade One, joined Miss Kathy’s class last week. Sam Daniel, son of Miriam and Virgil Daniel, also joined the school last week as a Pre-K student in Miss Julie’s class. Cicely Koren, daughter of Brett and Chicory Koren, joined Grade One on Monday. Please take a moment to welcome our new parents to the SGWS community.