Dear AWS Community,
Make-believe has a bad reputation these days. With so much important work to be done in the world, we often hear that it’s time to “grow up” and “be serious.” As a student at Aurora Waldorf School, I learned that make-believe is serious work. I learned that human ingenuity is inextricably linked to our imagination, our curiosity to our creativity, and our passion to our play.
This was easy to learn through the arts, of course, just by picking up a paintbrush or learning a role in the class play. But academic Main Lesson blocks anchored the lesson even more firmly by allowing us, for instance, to connect the dots between the myth of Helios’s fiery chariot and the modern discoveries within the solar system. The story of the world has always been a story of make-believe. Even when used derisively, the very phrase invokes the only two forces of the human will that have ever built anything to last: making and believing.
It’s these two forces that will continue to build this school and this community to last. Our students experience the daily pleasures and discoveries of an unhurried childhood, regardless of age, because we all accept the responsibility that this place is only as strong as we make it. As we believe it is. By joining me in giving generously to the Aurora Waldorf School Annual Fund, you will help us transform our challenges and successes into growth.
Your donation will have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of AWS students. Annual Fund dollars are unrestricted and help cover the many costs associated with our school. Last year, with the help of Annual Fund support, teacher salaries were increased by $1,000. This year our goal is $100,000, which will help grow our enrollment, salaries and benefits, and student programming. But we can only reach that goal if you give.
Do it as an act of make-believe. It is, after all, time to be serious.
Vice President, Board of Trustees
AWS Class of 2001