Seacoast Waldorf School Celebrates Grand Opening

DSC_0254Bathed in sunlight, a crowd of parents, children, faculty, and friends gathered today in the flowering gardens of the new Seacoast Waldorf School to celebrate the school’s grand opening.

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.

DDeirdre McEachern Director Seacoast Waldorf Schooleirdre 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.

DSC_0271James 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.

Ribbon Cutting at Seacoast Waldorf SchoolAs 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.

Preschool and Kindergarten Children at Seacoast Waldorf SchoolSeacoast 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.


Special Thanks:

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:

Ambit Engineering

Carl Aichele Construction Company

Engineered Building Systems Inc.

Infinite Imaging Company

Keller Williams Coastal Realty

Kennebunk Savings Bank

Liberty Bell Moving & Storage

Ken Couperthwait of Mainely Renovations

Manypenny | Murphy Architecture

Matt Malone Construction

McEachern & Thornhill Attorneys at Law

Moriarty Electric Company

Northern Pool and Spa

P Gagnon & Son, Inc.

Petersen Engineering

Piscataqua Landscaping

Platinum Fence Company

Ron Raiselis of Strawbery Banke,

Site Structures Landscaping

Ultra Services Inc

Windward Consulting LLC

and the selectman and planning board of the town of Eliot