“I am confident that the education they have received will make them individuals who can and will take the time to think for themselves and inspire and lead others.”
60 In 60 Campaign
To all our families, friends and supporters of the White Mountain Waldorf School,
I am excited to bring you this monthly update from the Board of Trustees (BOT) for the month of November. As you know we are settling into our 30 th year of “Inspiring a Love of Learning” in the Mount Washington Valley. Over the past 30 years the school has seen many changes on many fronts but our mission and goals have remained the same - to foster a child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world.
I ask you to keep these goals in mind this month and remember our collective vision for the future which is to continue to provide a Waldorf Education alternative in the Valley for many years to come. This will allow our alumni’s children and all the residents of the Valley to have the opportunity to experience why Waldorf Works in this hectic, technology driven society we live in. As I mentioned I ask you to keep these goals and vision in mind during the month of November… Our extremely energized and productive Development Committee is kicking off our NEW Fall Fund Drive this month and will need the support of everyone (families, friends, relatives and overall supporters) to succeed. The BOT has tasked the committee with a goal of $60,000 in 60 days or as we like to call it 60 in 60.
While this may sound large I ask everyone to take a minute and consider the following scenario - if on average you spend $10 a day for coffee, lunch, snacks etc. and there are 20 work days in the month over two months this amount would be $400 total or $200 per month - $50 per week. At $400 we would only need 150 people to make a $400 donation and we would achieve our goal. The BOT completely understands and appreciates this may be difficult for many families to accomplish however as I mentioned the fund drive is not limited to just families and we ask your assistance in helping to raise funds from other sources such as relatives or business donors. To help get things started with the fund drive the BOT has committed as a group to bring in $5,000 towards the total goal of $60,000.
For anyone who has been involved with the school for some time you may recall we have traditionally done an annual appeal as well as a fall auction. Our predominately new Development Committee this year is working hard to try new and fresh ideas to meet our fundraising goals. It was determined we could not effectively put together an auction this year to successfully meet the goals the Committee would like to achieve. As a result this fall fund drive will take the place of both the auction and the annual appeal so please keep this in mind when contributing to the schools future.
Lastly and most importantly I would like to remind everyone as I noted in a letter to the community last June the school has been running with a deficit each year. This deficit has been carried over for many years as a result of the economic downturn five to seven years ago. When the economy started to falter we had many families who had been with the school for many years suffer their own financial troubles which in turn reduced the cash flow coming into the school. Much like the goals of a Waldorf Education the School wanted to respond with compassion regarding these struggles and ensure the children affected would be able to continue and complete their Waldorf Education. Unfortunately the deficit created by these goals have now become a distraction from us being able to focus solely on the future.
By making this a successful fund drive we will be able to make a huge dent in this deficit and once again focus on the future and the schools continued growth and development.
WMWS Board of Trustees President
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