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September 30, 2010

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September 30, 2010

We love Prairie Moon Waldorf School. The staff, teachers, and parent community displays a sincere, genuine interest in nurturing healthy, responsibile children. The school fosters a mentality of caring for the "whole child" through integrated learning. My son attends preschool and is happy, content, and socially-adjusted. For me, I'm thrilled to know that my child is exposed to creative play where negotiation and cooperation skills are a must. In addition, the school's curriculum encompasses active participation which relates to critical thinking skills. I truly believe my child is being taught how to write a test verses how to take a test. I'm proud to be part of such a proactive educational environment. We look forward in supporting the Waldorf Association of Lawrence in years to come!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the develop of my son's mental, physical, and emotional development.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

As a child psychiatrist, I believe I know what helps keep children healthy. This is such a positive joyful community for children to grow and thrive in, I love having opportunities to join in the activities at Prairie Moon. If my children were younger they would be going to this school. In addition the Waldorf Association of Lawrence has sponsored a monthly reading group, of which I have been a member for 3 years. Great discussions!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing children whom I know had been struggling in other school environments begin to enjoy life and thrive!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is always fun to be with this group of people!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind and considerate, and want to make the world a better place.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a larger school, give more student scholarships and pay their teachers a living wage, which still would be a fraction of their worth!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

My two children are excited every Sunday night that next day their school week begins! They tell me each afternoon what they have done that day... a wonderful range of work and play, from maths, language and local history to playing the fiddle and climbing trees. My oldest daughter, who had no confidence in her ability to draw, is bringing me home beautiful pictures. And her academic work is stronger than ever. She's beaming. The teachers are so enthusiastic and interested in the kids... they communicate with us through email and phone. If we have any concerns, they respond immediately. We moved our kids to this school from what I considered to be a very good school in the area... This school is far exceeding my expectations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The quality of communication from the teachers to me as a parent is excellent. They do everything they can to make our kids happy and confident.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing my children happy and confident and excited to go to school.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

energetic, motivated, supportive and very very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the building they are in! It's such a sweet location... a little school in the middle of a corn field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

My daughter has gone to Prairie Moon Waldorf School since she turned three. Since then, she spent 4 years in their mixed-age Early Childhood program and now is in Second grade. Every day she is so excited to go to school and partake in the multitude of ways in which learning is taught to the students...through movement, art, direct instruction, music, natural inquiry, play...you name it. This education has fostered in her a profound love for the process of learning and discovery; she loves her school, her teachers, and the experience of what a Waldorf education is providing to her.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way in which my daughter is developing into a highly-creative and critically-minded steward of society.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

My girls are going to this fabulous school. It is hard to get them in the van at the end of the day...they are always beaming when I pick them up. When we get home they are in a tree knitting and playing dress up. When they come inside and draw pictures from stories they have heard at school .and explain them to us at length...they happily practice different art techniques they have been shown. Then they knit some more. They are satisfied and inspired....and so are we.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen my girls go from happy enough to go to school to ecstatic. Really. Everyday...they can't wait.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the really awesome vibe of the place. My kids can't wait until Monday!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent, outgoing and creative, joyful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the building and property it is on and get better lights inside! they could have enough funding to work with in order to fulfill their amazing potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

After checking the beavers' progress building their dam, my son made plaster casts of animal footprints along the stream that runs a few hundred years from the school. My daughter came home happy, singing songs she had learned with her friends. What a great school! I am so delighted with Prairie Moon. My kids are having fun learning, exploring and discovering. The other parents are great. The teachers are creative, engaged and work well together. As a child psychiatrist myself, I know how important school is for a child's intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development. I am grateful that this school is here for us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my kids education.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

This school has been amazing for my child and my family. The faculty work tirelessly at providing a rich, nurturing, whole child curriculum that respects and meets each child where they're at. By "whole child" I mean that when they learn math, it's not just done sitting at a desk—there's movement, music, and art in each subject. The students learn the subjects with their whole bodies. I especially love the fact that my child is not just having facts downloaded into his brain for rote memorization and having to regurgitate it back. Instead, he's learning HOW to learn, and his innate love of learning is being nurtured rather than squashed. I love that he will be with his 1st grade teacher all the way through 6th grade. His teacher will know exactly where he's at, what he needs and when, and he will be communicating that with us, the parents, all the way through. I love this school and my child loves it. His self-confidence around learning is big and bright, not stressful or fearful.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child. My son loves school. He shows me something new everyday that he's excited about. His confidence in his ability to learn and enjoy it is obvious in his demeanor and his stories about the day.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more volunteer leadership. It takes a village to raise a school. We have lots of opportunities for volunteerism but parents and community members are strapped for time and many can't commit to the amount of work/time needed to make it happen.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way it has become a home for my child and my family. The community of parents, faculty, and volunteers is the best. You couldn't ask to be associated with better people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

conscientious and diligent in their work with students, and colleagues. When you realize what Waldorf education can do for your community, you can't help but be passionate about your work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the land and the building it's on. "Green" the building, and set it up to be able to produce it's own energy. Provide scholarships to families who value the education but can't pay the tuition. Reach out into our greater community with local food.

Ways to make it better...

we could spread the word better about who we are and what we offer. I know that the school offers what people value, but getting the word out is a challenge since we are just outside of town.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances and it's relationship that we are a pioneer school in Kansas. Kansas doesn't yet know of the Waldorf education movement. Getting the word out is one of our biggest challenges.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 3, 2010

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September 3, 2010

For information about Waldorf education, you can visit www.whywaldorfworks.com. Prairie Moon was founded by a group of parents and community members committed to bringing Waldorf education to Lawrence, Kansas. Since the initial impulse began in 1997, and then again in 2001, the school community has grown and blossomed. For the young children (ages 3-6), the school is a haven for childhood, allowing sufficient time for free play, outside play, the creative arts, practical work and rest (when needed). Seasonal verses, songs, puppet shows, fingerplays, and storytelling told in a weekly rhythm help to strengthen the child's ability to listen and concentrate, expand language development, foster memory growth, and create the foundation for long term literacy. In addition, movement and circle games also help improve physical coordination and dexterity, and build capacities for the understanding of mathematical concepts. The grades program (grades 1-6) has seen many successes, particularly for children who have been 'burnt-out' on learning in mainstream education. While even children who do well in mainstream education, when coming to Prairie Moon have a new initiative and develop a love of learning that they may not have experienced before. The grades curriculum is an experiential process that brings the 'facts' alive and the children are more readily able to grasp the concepts. They receive specialty classes in handwork, movement and language (German).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my child. Her oral language skills are quite advanced for her age. She quickly memorizes verses and poems and recites them beautifully. Her artistic skills are developing at an incredible rate. She is not anxious about school. She "LOVES" school.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to increase leadership capacity, so that there were more people, from the community at large, able to participate on the board.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the benefit it has on the children, along with the parents. Many parents have a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future and receive support in parenting in a world where it is becoming more and more difficult to maintain a balanced lifestyle.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly authentic in their way of being. Professional, generous, and warm-hearted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make this education available for free to anyone who wanted it. It would purchase land and also become a true "farm school" putting students in touch with food sources. The building would be LEED certified and would make its own energy.

Ways to make it better...

there were more people who knew about Waldorf education in Lawrence and knew about this as an option.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances...finances...finances.. Also, the board is a working board, therefore, it needs more members to fill certain positions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

unfortunately, this school is one of the best kept secrets in the area, not because it wants to be, but just because it is not located in town, and it is young enough that word has not gotten around.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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