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Annual Giving Fund

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By making a contribution to the Aurora Waldorf School Annual Fund, you are supporting the vital resources necessary to give our students a meaningful and rewarding Waldorf education. Your donation supports the AWS operating budget and enables our school to recruit and retain talented, dedicated teachers, support a rich Waldorf curriculum, provide tuition assistance, and maintain and enhance our campus.

A gift of any amount is greatly appreciated. Each donation is fully tax-deductible and remains within our school and benefits our students. Gifts are accepted throughout the year.

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Consider the benefits of our Automatic Giving program where your donation is automatically charged on a recurring basis (e.g. yearly, monthly, weekly) to your credit card or deducted from your checking or savings account (EFT).

The importance of storytelling, of the natural rhythms of daily life, of the evolutionary changes in the child, of art as the necessary underpinning of learning, and of the aesthetic environment as a whole – all basic to Waldorf education for the past 70 years – are being “discovered” and verified by researchers unconnected to the Waldorf movement.

Paul Bayers, Professor, Columbia University Teachers’ College

Fall 2023

Dear AWS Community and Friends,

Many things have changed in the thirty-plus years since I have been a part of Aurora Waldorf School. We began with a Kindergarten and a Grade One in a church in Orchard Park, then rented three rooms in a former school building. Now, we are an established school on a 13-acre campus. We had no music program other than class teachers singing and playing recorder and no gym program other than playground games and hikes. Yet a strong foundation was built, with a high-quality academic curriculum all taught through hands-on experience.

Every year, we reach out to you for support; this year, our goal is $50,000. These funds are all used for teacher and staff salaries, maintenance of our building and grounds, and scholarships. From its founding, this school was meant to educate children from all economic backgrounds. Therefore, our tuition assistance program is an essential source of aid.

As noted in the quote at the top of this letter, the efficacy of the Waldorf approach is understood and appreciated all over the educational landscape, not just by Waldorf “insiders.” Our students experience the daily pleasures and discoveries at AWS because we all - parents, teachers, staff, trustees, alums, and supportive friends - understand that this place is only as strong as we make it. We accept the responsibility to give generously so that Aurora Waldorf School continues to thrive.

Please make your donation in one of the following ways:

Thank you for contributing to this worthy school!

Jane Ried, President

Aurora Waldorf School Board of Trustees
AWS Alum Parent, Former Teacher, Former Admissions Director, and Founding Trustee