Waldorf Education Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary
ELIOT, Maine -- The First Waldorf School was opened in Stuttgart, Germany on Sept. 19, 1919. On the 100-year anniversary of this day in history, a World Festival will take place in Berlin and will be attended by colleagues, graduates, and friends of Waldorf education from more than 70 countries around the world. Here in North America, schools will celebrate this momentous day by hosting community gatherings, honoring their school founders, and by ringing in the future of Waldorf education.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Waldorf Education and putting the message “Learn to change the World” into action, thousands of Waldorf schools across the globe will be planting trees, establishing beetending programs and creating pollination gardens on Sept. 19.
Locally, Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine, is celebrating its own 20 year anniversary on the same day (founded in 1999). To mark both occasions over 100 students and teachers will be joining the national Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, the Spikenard Farm HoneyBee Sanctuary, The Children and Nature Network, Green Schoolyards America, and the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood to form a new ecological-green ‘continental park system’ in backyards, playgrounds, schoolyards, and public spaces - green spaces developed with birds, insects, bees, butterflies, praying mantises and biodiversity in mind; creating a food-web for native species and wildlife.
Waldorf schools around the world are also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Waldorf Education by participating in a global home made postcard exchange to connect and broaden the perspective of Waldorf students around the world. Students from every Waldorf school have created and sent postcards to every other Waldorf school in the world. Each postcard was individually designed by a young person, telling or showing something of his or her country, school, or self. This innovative global project has connected over 3,000 schools to one another through individualized and artistically designed postcards. Below is an image of a card sent from Seacoast Waldorf School to Ecole Rudolph Steiner in Paris, France.
For information, call (207) 686-3140 and visit www.seacoastwaldorfschool.org.