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The Outdoor Life Committee (OLC) has been working hard over the summer to create beautiful outdoor spaces that enhance the quality of life at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. Our campus has been beautified over the past few months in two very distinct ways for which we are incredibly grateful.

First, we would like to acknowledge alumni parent Anita Brewer-Siljeholm for catalyzing a vision, informed by design ideas from faculty, staff, and community, to transform our former handicapped parking area into a community gathering space (“The Quad”). This vision has now become a reality thanks to Anita’s hard work, determination, and enormous generosity. We also want to recognize the great efforts of Jack Hogan, our facilities manager, in bringing phase one of this two-part phase plan for the campus to life.

The green canopy in the gathering space is permanent, except for snow season, and is intended to provide a space for outdoor classroom space and various activities, offering protection from sun and weather. This summer it was used for the first alumni gathering in July with over 100 people attending a barbecue with music played by alumni. There are several elements which are still underway:

  • Grass—phase two of the transformation, likely next year, will replace the gravel areas with grass and pathways
  • Seating—the school is evaluating how to best provide what teachers and the community need as far as seating goes at the canopy
  • Lights—the OLC is looking into solar lights under the canopy, and there will be additional lighting at the new gate in the fence

Second, a shout out to Jocelyn Schaefer who has our heartfelt thanks for watering the shrubs and flowers throughout this very hot summer. New and established plants have bloomed and thrived due to her skill and care. What we see as we walk by all the lovely plantings is only possible because she and other members of the OLC have watered and weeded regularly this summer, and have carefully added new plants. This is another way that the OLC supports the life and quality of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us.”

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