Press Release

Posted On: 11/10/2017 7:39 AM

The Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is thrilled to announce the receipt of a generous grant award of $21,000 from the Waldorf Schools Fund to support the renovation of the school’s Compass Hall roof. We are deeply grateful for this gift. Compass Hall is a lively and busy space used for 5th through 8th grade classrooms; clay, fiber arts, woodworking, and Eurythmy classes (a movement art); summer camp and after-school programs; school plays and performances; and lectures, meetings, and community gatherings.

In the summer of 2016 HVWS installed new hardwood floors in Compass Hall classrooms with flooring donated by Conway Hardwood Products of Gaylordsville, CT, materials donated by Mabbott-Seidel Architecture of Harlem, NY, and volunteer labor from parents, staff, and alumni parents. With the new floors installed, fixing recurring leaks in the building’s flat roof once and for all became all the more imperative. Waldorf schools value warm and inviting classroom environments as critical to nurturing student growth, and the HVWS faculty, staff, and trustees are eager to begin this renovation.
Waldorf schools are guided by the principles of Anthroposophy, a philosophy developed by Austrian scientist, artist, educator, and intellectual Rudolf Steiner in the early 20th century. Anthroposophy is grounded in a vision of the whole human being and includes a belief in the importance of continual self-reflection and spiritual and intellectual renewal and a dedication to working in the service of humanity. The Waldorf Schools Fund originated in the wake of World War II when Waldorf Schools throughout Europe were shuttered. A group of Anthroposophists in New York banded together to provide material support (food, clothing, soap) to European Waldorf teachers during the war and to assist financially with rebuilding Waldorf schools in Europe afterward. Incorporated in 1948, the fund is comprised of several small trusts as well as the Nancy B Laughlin Trust, which over the years has provided more than two million dollars of support to Waldorf schools in the form of scholarships for teacher training, contributions to capital improvements, special projects, and emergency aid.
Founded in 1989, the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is the only Waldorf grade school in Connecticut and serves children and their families in Connecticut and New York from parent-child classes through 8th grade. In the 2016-17 school year, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School launched a variable tuition program, making Waldorf education accessible to families who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Variable tuition supports a more diverse and robust student and parent body, however it also makes finding sources of non-tuition income all the more pressing. Last year the school’s Board of Trustees led a campaign that raised the visibility of the school's Annual Fund, leading to an increase in annual giving of 317% over the previous year! With the support of continued growth in annual giving, major gifts from individuals, and generous contributions by organizations such as the Waldorf Schools Fund, Housatonic Valley Waldorf School is well positioned to grow and serve the community as we near the 100th anniversary of Waldorf education in 2019.


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