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Groundbreaking Ceremony Launches New Practical Arts Building Construction

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School students, faculty, and staff  lined the footprint of what will become the new Practical Arts Building at the groundbreaking ceremony on October 30th.  Following comments by John Cronin, High School Chair; Gary Ocean, Director of Campus Services; and Ian Rasch, Design-Build Project Manager and an alumnus of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School; music teacher Larry Glatt led everyone in singing the school song while a representative from each grade dug a spadeful of dirt from the building site.

The Practical Arts Building is the first project Hawthorne Valley Association will take on in working toward the vision set forth in its 2012 Master Plan. The building is designed be the first net zero energy building on campus, providing at least as much energy as it generates through the installation of solar photovoltaic panels. The building features dedicated workspaces for ceramics, woodworking, and a new machine shop, and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014.

The Practical Arts are integral to learning at Hawthorne Valley, from the Waldorf School curriculum to the activities of the Place-Based Learning Center and the Alkion Center for Adult Education, helping children and adults experience the joy of imagination and creation as they engage their will in hands-on work. The new facility will provide the space and tools needed to continue offering hands-on experience in a variety of the practical arts.


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