Spring Garden Auction FAQ

»Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

Have questions about the upcoming Spring Garden Waldorf School Auction? We hope you find the answers below in our Frequently Asked Questions.


Q: What is The Auction?

A: The Benefit Auction at Spring Garden Waldorf School is one of two major fundraisers that take place each year. We come together to support our school and our dedicated faculty by auctioning off items that have been donated to the school by the greater community.


Q: Why does the school hold an auction for fundraising?

A: The Annual Auction, while a major undertaking for our staff and volunteers, is an effective way to raise a large amount of money and have a great community experience all in one night. The funds brought in by our auction provide much needed support to the teachers who are crucial to our success, and also allow us to increase the current scholarship fund which helps a wide range of families bring their children to the school. It also helps provide a variety of curriculum enhancements, such as our recent additions include a greenhouse & gardening program, and a science classroom).


Q: Where is it held?

A: This year’s auction will be at the majestic Greystone Hall in Downtown Akron at:

103 S. High St. Akron, OH 44308

For more information on Greystone Hall, visit http://greystonehall.org/facilityov.htm


Q: When is it held?

A: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


Q: What does it cost?

A: Tickets are $75 per person.

Early Bird Tickets are available for $65.


Q: Where do I buy tickets?

A: Click here to purchase your ticket now.

Q: Who should go to the auction?

A: ALL are welcome. It is our great wish for the community at large to come to this special event — not just our school’s parents, but their relatives, friends, neighbors and business associates.


Q: What kind of items can be donated?

A: Any new item or experience, of any value, can be donated to our silent or live auction. Examples include:

  • Baskets with themes for tea, wine, toys, or homeopathy.
  • Services like babysitting, business consulting, photography or art portraits.
  • Experiences like ski or piano lessons, trips, flight school, summer camps, or water park tickets.
  • Gift Cards to local and national businesses.
  • Weekend getaways, home improvement items, etc..


Q. Finances are tight. How can I contribute to the auction and stay on a budget?

A. There are lots of inexpensive ways you can help!  Here are just a few ideas:

  • First off we need volunteers, from now until the event! Please contact Tyra Scott at  tscott@sgws.org for more information about how you can help.
  • 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.

Q: I have an item or service I’d like to donate. What do I do?

A: Donate an item or service for the auction at that link. We will send you a receipt and instructions about where and when to drop off the item.


Q: I think I know someone who might donate or buy an ad. What should I do?

A: Here are three options:

Q. What happens at the event?  

A. The auction night consists of two main parts. First, patrons peruse tables of items in the silent auction as they eat tapas and drink cocktails. Items are bid on “silently” by writing your offer on a bid sheet. The beginning bid is usually a certain percentage below the retail value.  The end of bidding on each table is announced, and the highest bid wins!

After the silent auction, dessert will be put out as our auctioneer leads the live auction for items listed in the program. Even for those not bidding on the items in the live auction, the auctioneer and emcee provide entertaining banter, and the bidding wars are great fun to watch!

After the live auction, items you have purchased and bids you have won will be summarized on an invoice, payable by check or credit card.

There will also be a couple of fun raffle games, entertainment and a special alumni presentation taking place throughout the evening.  All in all, the evening will be full of great food and great fun.

Q. I don’t have much money to spend at an auction. Why would I go?

A. For the comradery! Many people simply come to socialize and have a good time with the Spring Garden community. Of course, we hope everyone will bid on the items, but it is definitely not a requirement. We’d also LOVE to have you volunteer at the event; this is a great way to get involved, enjoy the event and not be concerned about spending too much money. Naturally the hours “worked” would count toward the time required per your contract.  For more information email Sandy Conley at sjconley52@gmail.com.

It’s Auction Time!

»Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in School News | 0 comments

TreePlease mark your calendar for this year’s Spring Garden Waldorf Benefit Auction on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at 5:00 pm. This 27th annual benefit, Come Together Together – Heads, Hearts, and Hands, will take place in Greystone Hall in downtown Akron.

We’re gathering volunteers now, and if you’d like to help, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Tyra Scott at tscott@sgws.org or Auction Chair Sandy Conley ​sjconley52@gmail.com.

Here are some helpful links for more information:

Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to see you at the auction!


Thank You for Your Generosity

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2016 in School News | 0 comments


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. 


ThankfulAnnual 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.

Would you like to give? Click here to make an online donation.


GroundWorks Dance Theater Workshop

»Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Curriculum, School News | 0 comments

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.





SGWS Thankful for Grants

»Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

SGWSThankYOU1Spring 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.



Annual Giving Pledge Week

»Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in School News | 0 comments

CoffeeandMuffinsBy Amy Hecky


We are in our final week of our dual Annual Giving and Capital Campaigns.  To date, we are far from our goal of 100% parent participation and yet we have raised nearly half of our monetary goal!  Just imagine what we can accomplish when everyone participates.


For those who have donated to these campaigns, our thanks are heartfelt and many.  If you have not yet given, please take the time to pledge in this last week before our winter break.


100% parent support is meaningful as the school seeks support from local foundations for our Raise the Roof Capital Campaign.  Foundations look to see that those closest to the mission of the school are supporting the campaigns.  I am so passionate about this education…even more so now that I have graduates and see how they interact in the world.  Join me today in pledging your donation.


If you have any questions, please feel welcome to contact me via email or phone.  Beginning Monday, members of our Board of Trustees will be handing out coffee and muffins between 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. to everyone who turns in a pledge card or donates online during this final week. Pledge cards are available in the school lobby or Donate Online by clicking this button:


Thank you in advance for your support.
Amy Hecky
Director of Admissions and Marketing
Spring Garden Waldorf School


SGWS Alum awarded Dean’s Scholarship to The College of Wooster

»Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Alumni, School News | 0 comments

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.

CamiboxQ: Tell us a little about your elementary school experience at SGWS.  Looking back, was there anything in particular about it that you now find beneficial as you make decisions in life?   

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!