Rebuilding Our School

$144,645 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 766 people in 19 days
Created July 30, 2018
On Sunday, July 29th, lightning struck our beloved Meadowbrook Waldorf School and started a devastating fire. Despite the efforts of more than 250 fire fighters, the building that was home to students in the nursery through grade 8 and many alumni from years past is now a total loss.

On September 4th, MWS will welcome our students back for another year of school work. We will find a rental property, to serve as a temporary home, where the kindergarten and nursery children will bake bread and play outdoors in all kinds of weather. There will be music recitals and basketball games. Our students will study local geography and the Roman Empire, the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. All as the community of parents, teachers, staff and friends commence in rebuilding our School.

We need your help to begin this process. Our community is ready to roll up its sleeves, to clear away the remains of the destroyed building, and to swing hammers and paint walls -- just as we did for the building we lost. While a portion of the basic costs to rebuild will be covered by insurance, funding is needed for materials, site work and more.

31752880_1532992227595938_r.jpegAbove, pre-school teacher Su Rubinoff , office manager Jacquelyn Coker, and rising grade 8 teacher Kristina Boving -  making sandwiches for the incredible emergency responders.

We have a vision for our new building that includes a hall large enough for community to gather -- and to invite our friends and neighbors too!  We need classrooms equipped for science and artistic learning; and the Early Childhood rooms must be large enough for the children to work, rest and play. An industrial kitchen will enable our students to cook the foods they grow in the gardens. Space is needed for woodwork and music lessons. We will rebuild our Library and create a Faculty Resource Room where our dedicated teachers can hold meetings or take a well-earned break.

Please help the Meadowbrook Waldorf School rebuild so that we can continue our mission of preparing children to become resourceful, enterprising, creative and independent thinkers – the young people who will shape the future of our world.

While we know we will need $1.5 million to begin rebuilding, our goal for the immediate recovery phase is $150,000.  Please consider a gift in support of our students and the Meadowbrook Waldorf School community.

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from so many and are deeply appreciative for your generosity.

Thank You!

From Meadowbrook Waldorf School , serving all of Rhode Island and SE Connecticut.
MWS is a 501(3)c non-profit organization and your gift is taxable to the fullest extent of the law. To request a tax receipt letter, please submit the donor name and mailing address via the link on the Meadowbrook Waldorf School website home page.
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Teams of volunteers are continuing to work around the clock to prepare for the first day of school on September 4. The Donations Team is coordinating the offers of desks. chairs and other furnishings, and the Movers are ready with trucks to move it all into place. When we have a place! We are in negotiations to use a former, local public school but the lease is not signed yet. Fingers crossed!

Meanwhile, volunteers are crafting the table linens and blankets that make the pre-school classrooms feel like home. Students in the early grades all learn to knit, it helps develop arithmetic skills, dexterity, attention to detail and more. The alumni students in the photo met to sew the children's names on the new handwork bags ready for class. Everywhere, our community of volunteers is busy.

The teachers are creating lesson plans for the year to meet our new circumstances. As the list of replacement equipment needed grows, so does our gratitude for your generous support. Your gifts help meet the needs of the students not only on Opening Day but into the future, and into the beautiful new school we will build. Thank You!

MWS is a 501(c)3 organization. You may request a tax receipt letter via the link on the Meadowbrook Waldorf School website home page.
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Teachers are going through the little that was salvaged from the wreckage to see what can be saved. Although the school was insured, we already know it won't be enough to replace all the equipment they need. It will take all of our ingenuity to make sure we are ready for Opening Day in less than 4 weeks. Your generous gifts provide the extra help we need - Thank You!
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Today MWS volunteers delivered baskets of gifts to the emergency response teams that attended the blaze last Sunday. Almost 40 different fire, medical and police units received home baked cookies and muffins, and fresh picked flowers and berries. In each basket were cards from the children thanking the response units for their courage and hard work.

We are deeply grateful to you too. Your gifts to this appeal warm our hearts. We are touched by the donations from the Waldorf school community, from Maine to Hawaii, Canada to Texas and everywhere in between. We are delighted to hear from our alumni families, and to read the comments of our former students. Our local neighbors and friends around the world, old and new, are helping us move forward. We are also moved by the quiet kindness of strangers.

To all of you who have been so generous - Thank You!
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Today, just one week since our school burned to the ground, we gathered to mourn the loss of our building and its contents. Much of the wreckage has been removed but a huge pile of debris remains piled on the concrete foundation behind a chain link fence. For some the sight was overwhelming and tears flowed.

For the ceremony, the alumni families that brought the school to life, joined in a circle with newly enrolled families that have yet to celebrate their first day at MWS. We sang and gave thanks for the many blessings we have received, from the emergency responders to all of you reaching out through this appeal to express your care and support.

We have long road to recovery ahead. As expressed in a verse read by our long time pre-school teacher Su Rubinoff;

The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
~ John Schaar

Thank you for joining us on the path!
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Raised by 766 people in 19 days
Created July 30, 2018
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