Waldorf School launches capital campaign

The former Morgan Horse Museum in Shelburne will become the new high school campus for the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

The former Morgan Horse Museum in Shelburne will become the new high school campus for the Lake Champlain Waldorf School.

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School has announced the public launch of a transformative capital campaign to raise $2,300,000. The effort, titled “The Time Is Now,” is the largest campaign in the school’s 30-year history. The campaign will raise money to help fund two significant projects: the purchase and renovation of the former Morgan Horse Museum on Bostwick Road to become the new high school campus; and the building of a new gym and performance space at the kindergarten and grade school campus. Alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, and friends of the school kicked-off the campaign on Oct. 12 at the site of the future high school.

Campaign Co-Chair Maureen Wheeler reports that in the past year, $1.8 million has already been raised through generous leadership contributions. The total raised includes the largest single gift in our school’s history: an anonymous donation of $650,000.

“We also now have an historic $200,000 challenge from a group of alumni, grandparents, parents, and the Board of Trustees – we call them the Four Pillars of the School,” explains Development Director Lisa Espenshade. “When we raise an additional $300,000 from the community, this generous group will award the $200,000.”

The campaign is a result of the school’s programmatic growth and success. “We are bursting at the seams,” explains Board President Josh Simonds. “We have outgrown our high school; our grade school needs more room for gym and other subject programs; and we need our early childhood, grade school, and high school to all be located near each other, in Shelburne.” The high school, entering its 13th year, is currently located on Ferry Road in Charlotte.

Thanks to the dedication of a group of parents and grandparents, the school was able to purchase the landmark Morgan Horse property. Nestled in meadows and surrounding woods, with more than twice the space of their current high school, the three-acre property in the Shelburne Museum district will accommodate more than 100 students and will provide the school with room to meet their growing enrollment demands. It is on a public transportation bus line and is a walking or biking commute from the grade school and early childhood campus.

The renovation of the Morgan Horse Museum is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will include – along with academic classrooms – a multi-use community room; a student common room with scenic views of the Adirondacks; a fine art studio; woodworking, handwork and metal-smithing rooms; a professional kitchen for the hot lunch program featuring local and organic food; a library; and a science lab dedicated to phenomenological-based science. The renovation of the grade school community room will double the size of the audience space and include dedicated arts and athletic space.

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