The Light of Aurora Shining for 30 Years!
Remembering our Past
As we celebrate AWS’s 30th anniversary, we recognize the amazing effort of our school’s founders and the dedication of the teachers, trustees, and parents who have kept the light of Aurora shining over the last three decades! On behalf of the many students whose lives have been touched, Thank You!
Stories from our Alumni
"Waldorf education emphasized experiential learning and creativity. My education at AWS was an act of creation and we expressed what we learned, our perception of the world and how it works, in our main lesson books. At AWS creativity was valued.
I also remember stories being a really big part of the curriculum and the sense of community. When I think back to the classroom, I think of it as a home, in terms of how I felt and the relationships I made there. I didn't have that same experience in high school."
AWS alum Harry Warren received BS degrees in Sociology, History, and Italian from Cornell University. Currently, Harry works for Epic, a healthcare software company based out of WI as an Application Executive where he directs multiple teams focused on the implementation of healthcare software.
"Woods walks made me feel at home in nature, and full of awe. I am positive that my devotion to understanding and protecting natural spaces goes back to those AWS walks, especially wading in Cazenovia Creek and exploring the hidden meadow on the way!
At some point I realized how lucky I was to walk through those woods every day, and that not every school was like ours. That’s a reflection from a place of privilege for sure. But it’s part of my commitment to increasing everyone’s access to open space.
Also, growing, preparing and sharing food from the garden at AWS is definitely where first ideas started about food bringing people together."
AWS alumna Susan Kornacki, MPH (Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins), has worked with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper & other environmental organizations in NYS. Currently she is a Food Security Programs Manager.
Highlights from 2021-22
AWS community members gathered on August 30th, 2021 to kickoff our 30th Anniversary celebration. Everyone enjoyed seeing one another again and had fun playing ultimate frisbee, painting postcards, reminiscing over old AWS photos, singing together and reconnecting!
Envisioning the Future Together
As we gather together in community our lives are enriched, ideas are shared, and imaginations of what is possible begin to form.
Peaceful activism can take many forms from small actions to large demonstrations. People of all ages can participate, and follow their own personal interests and passions while doing so!
At the recent author event held in the new outdoor classroom at AWS, Tanya Zabinski inspired parents and students with biographical stories of peaceful activists from all around the world. Then she led participants in a bookbinding craft, and discussed everyday actions that anyone can do to promote peace in our world.
Stories help us recognize our interconnectedness with one another and our world. As AWS was approaching its 30th year of educating students to change the world, a group of current and alumni parents felt moved to honor the incredible power that stories have brought to their children’s education by creating a Little Free Library, where stories can be shared with the wider community.
A Grand Opening was held on August 3rd, 2021 which included an outdoor Story & Craft Time enjoyed by parents and children from the surrounding community.