Our Annual Appeal Letter for 2018-2019 from one of our 7th grade parents, Megan Ross
“Eggs? Oatmeal? Cereal? Backpack? Shoes? Teeth?”
Those are the questions so frequently heard during the morning hours in many homes.
“I’m not going. You don’t care. How could you make me? I hate school. I’m stupid. I don’t know anything. My teachers are mean. I’d rather do anything than go to school.”
Those were the tearful conversations heard in my home every morning last year.
What I would have given to simply discuss eggs over oatmeal. Or, oatmeal over eggs.
Our son Louie was eleven-years-old, unhappy, and hated school. He was losing self-concept by the day and losing hope by the hour.
Navigating the middle school halls, for our youngest son, was creating a loss of self-esteem and a sense of not belonging. All enhanced by the fact that Louie was painfully aware of the external barometer of his skills telling him, in one letter-grade, how he was measuring up in the world. Louie had completely lost his interest in learning and his ability to calibrate his own success.
Louie is creative, inventive, curious, engaging, spontaneous, brave, eager, interested and confident. Yet, these traits slowly disappeared. Louie noticed first. We noticed second. Louie lost hope. He lost curiosity. He lost interest. He lost confidence. He withdrew and happiness was no longer visible. Change had to happen.
It was March of 2017 when my husband, Eric, and I prompted a conversation with Louie.
“We’re thinking of pulling you from sch…”
Before finishing the word, “school,” Louie’s enthusiastic response was, “Well, I can do online school, homeschool, unschool and I’m sure there are other choices…” Louie was eleven-years-old and researching school options. Need I say more?
April 30, 2017 was the first day of Louie’s education at Seacoast Waldorf School. Just one week later, Louie announced, “That school was made for me. Everyone is so kind. I can’t wait to go and I belong there, Mom.” Louie belonged.
It’s true that every person wants to be part of something bigger than oneself. We know that. You, me, Louie… we’re all part of something. It is a basic human desire to belong, to feel a sense of belonging. It matters, it’s real and it’s paramount to our lives.
Louie spent the last 6 weeks of the school year “belonging” in the 5/6 grades class at Seacoast Waldorf School. During that time, Louie’s interest, his curiosity, his creativity and his hope grew. He experienced kindness. He experienced respect. And, he experienced hope. Perhaps most noticeable was the upward trajectory of hope.
The Seacoast Waldorf School not only gave Louie the most basic human desire of belonging, it also gave him a sense of hope. For that, I am forever grateful and indebted to the kids, the faculty, the board and the entire community that gifted Louie hope.
While it has been said before that not every child needs a Waldorf school, every community does. This community does. Louie is proof of that.
The Seacoast Waldorf School Community has given my family hope. Hope that was once overshadowed by fear. Hope that we knew existed but felt impossible to find. Thank you.
I ask you to join me in our expression of gratitude and make a donation to the Seacoast Waldorf School’s Annual Appeal. Not only is this a gift to the children who attend the school but to all of us in the Seacoast Community and, to our future. It is the gift of hope and it is the gift of happiness. On behalf of Seacoast Waldorf School, I ask you to join me in raising $50,000 to keep Seacoast Waldorf School as an option for many more families and to keep this hope visible. I like hope. And, I’m guessing you do too.
Megan Shapiro Ross on behalf of
Seacoast Waldorf School
When talking with Louie about this letter, he suggested that he should write the letter and it should say this:
“Seacoast Waldorf School is a great place to communicate with others. When I came to SWS, everybody treated me like I had been there for 5 years. SWS means a lot to me. It is the right school for me because we don’t have to sit at desks all the time and we get to go outdoors. It is also right for me because I have made so many friends in all the grades. This school is a good fit for me. Going to the SWS changed me because now school is a lot better and different for me. I hope other kids like me come to SWS and get treated the exact same way I got treated.”
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