Rebuilding Our School

$182,065 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 868 people in 1 month
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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We had a very busy week as we continued to acclimate to our temporary space. The children are glad to be back in class with their friends and teachers. It is wonderful to have the unfamiliar hallways filled with the familiar sounds of their chatter and laughter.

We are finding ways to incorporate Meadowbrook values and traditions into life at the South Road School. The Opening Day ceremonies were held outdoors, with each child called by name before the classes were led inside by their teachers. Although we don't have a room for a library, we have a wealth of donated books and each classroom has been stocked with a collection of its own. The first grade children are already enjoying theirs with their eighth grade Reading Buddies.

Now we are preparing for the next phase of the recovery. We are thankful that the school was well insured and that we will be able to rebuild. And we are deeply grateful for all of the donations we continue to receive. With your help, we will rebuild the school with added space and improved amenities that we hope to share details of soon.

Thank you for again for your gifts, you are helping us to move forward quickly. We hope to welcome the children home in January of 2020!
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Five weeks and one day since the fire. Tomorrow we welcome the children back to school in a beautiful temporary space - we cannot wait to see their smiling faces! Here is the nursery, and the grades one and four classrooms, ready to greet them.

We are so grateful for your gifts and what they have made possible for the children. We would love to send a Thank You to everyone who has given so, if you do not believe we have your mailing address, please submit it via the link on the Meadowbrook Waldorf School website.

We hope to have more photos to share with you later this week.
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The past 24 hours have brought fantastic news! We are thrilled to have surpassed out initial GoFundMe goal, and we have signed a one year lease for a former public school building that will provide a temporary home our students.

Even as lease negotiations progressed, MWS parents, teachers and staff powered ahead with preparing the building for the first day of school - now less than 2 weeks away! Much of the building has already been painted and cleaned. Teachers have begun to prepare their classrooms and donations of furniture will be installed this week. Local news station, ABC6 posted video of the space today: http://www.abc6.com/story/38941718/meadowbrook-waldorf-finds-temporary-home-at-south-road-school-after-fire

We could not be more grateful for your generosity! As MWS leadership continues to work with the insurance adjusters to determine how much of the rebuilding effort will be covered, your gifts are helping us make a start today. We are buying high quality equipment now that will be used this year and will continue to serve future generations of children in our new building. Your gifts also provide seed money for the upcoming fundraising campaign to completely rebuild the school - Thank You!

MWS is a 501(3)c organization and your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To request a tax receipt, use the link on the MWS website to submit your donor name and a mailing address.
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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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