The ceremony began with opening remarks from parent and school director, Deirdre McEachern, who thanked the faculty and community for the countless hours of work involved in readying the school to open its doors on Tuesday, September 10th.
Deirdre also relayed why she remains committed to a waldorf education for her own children and for all of the children of Seacoast Waldorf School as she touched on the themes of joyful learning, academic excellence, community, and social responsibility.
James Petersen, the school’s Chairman of the Board, recognized all those involved in opening the school to nursery, preschool, pre-K, kindergarten and elementary school children from Portsmouth, Dover, Durham, Hampton, Newmarket and other New Hampshire locations and from Eliot, Kittery, York, South Berwick and Wells, Maine.
As the younger students looked on, the school’s third grade class had the honors of holding the ribbon while Elisabeth Robinson, one of the school’s original founders, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new school.
The new 5-acre school grounds include an early childhood playground complete with sandbox, play structure, swing set and playhouse; elementary playground and basketball court; outdoor classroom and ‘farm’ (with chicken coop and raised vegetable beds), and woods and hiking trails.
Seacoast Waldorf School is located just 10 minutes from Portsmouth, New Hampshire and serves children of the seacoast area ages 2.5 through fifth grade with plans to expand to eighth grade. Learn more, call 207-439-7911 to arrange for a tour.
James Petersen extended a special thanks to the following businesses and individuals for their contribution of time, services and materials that made the opening of the new school possible:
Carl Aichele Construction Company
Engineered Building Systems Inc.
Ken Couperthwait of Mainely Renovations
Matt Malone Construction
Windward Consulting LLC
and the selectman and planning board of the town of Eliot