The Road to Revival

Laura Selleck

As we begin to celebrate Housatonic Valley Waldorf School’s 25th Anniversary, we direct our focus to the Early Childhood side of the street. HVWS’ maiden journey began within the frame of an old red barn. This time, in this barn, we've removed the interior down to the framework and are rebuilding it from the ground up, readying it to greet the next twenty five years.

It has long been our dream to revive the cozy structure, create custom spaces, and remove the tired parts that groaned with age. It’s an ambitious projectone that has taken some years to realize. Finally, thanks to a relentless team that involves Board, Faculty, Administration, the Capital Assets Strategic Team (CAST), several groups of skilled contractors and carpenters, and the extreme generosity of HVWS parent Matt Seidel of Mabbot Seidel Architecture who donated his architectural expertise and time to the design and management of the project, the beauty and functionality of Rose Garden (which houses the Rose Kindergarten, Parent-Child Classes, Aftercare, and Educational Support) will finally match the beauty and functionality of its companion Early Childhood building, Star Meadow (which houses the Sunflower Kindergarten).

The footprint will remain exactly the same, but the bright new space will now conform to our needs, comfort, and upgraded security standards. The same familiar playthings will adorn the rooms. More light from the larger windows, better interior lighting, and improved storage space will enhance the daily experience of our children and teachers. Thanks to our community’s response to our Spring Benefit’s, “Call to the Heart,” the landscaping around the building will be revived and renewed.

Multiple HVWS financial resources and our neighbor, Newtown Savings Bank, have funded the project. It does not draw from the annual budget. If you patronize Newtown Savings Bank, please let them know you appreciate their support.

You’ll also see other improvements around the campus such as new doors and locks and much more that is invisible to the casual observer.

As scheduled, school for our Grades students will begin on September 3 with our annual Rose Ceremony and for our Early Childhood students the following week on September 8.

Keep watching the amazing regeneration of our Rose Garden Building over the next few weeks. Soon we’ll have a Grand Re-Opening Celebration and toast the many heads, hearts, and hands that contributed to creating our renewed space. We are steadily regenerating our campus to uphold the HVWS mission to, “offer a classical education that integrates experiential and artistic learning in an environment emphasizing academic excellence...” Soon the new Rose Garden will rise and shine and will have been entirely worth the wait!

Stay tuned for After!

Posted by Laura Selleck on 8/11/2014 9:46:00 AM



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