The state of “Being in Community” is a strong part of our culture. Events in our school intentionally rely upon the contributions and collaboration of all its community members: families, faculty, and friends of the school. Seasonal celebrations and festivals are an important part of our culture and give community members the opportunity to work together towards a common goal as well as a deepening their understanding of the school’s curriculum.
Bright Water Waldorf School works to connect its students to the larger community as well. Community Service Projects in the 8 Grade support a culture of service. Each 8 grade student is asked to volunteer with a local non-profit organization. The types of organizations range from animal shelters to services for families and children. At the end of their service, which generally lasts from 12 to 14 weeks, the students give a presentation to members of the community. Teachers, school leaders, and parents witness the student’s connection with the service project, their skills in preparing and presenting their project, and reflections on how they may have grown from participating in the service project.