Dear friends and family,
Each year, the Brooklyn Waldorf School graduating class takes a trip to celebrate the end of their eight-year school journey together. It's a culmination of their lower and middle school years and of their growth as students and individuals. They take this trip to prepare for their entry into the world beyond Brooklyn Waldorf – a rite of passage for letting go of childhood and looking forward to young adulthood.
As the capstone event of their BWS journey, the 8th grade trip serves several purposes. It incorporates the class curriculum, providing real-world applications for what they have studied in school. It reinforces community, builds self-confidence, independence, and social bonding, all in an adventurous setting. And it's a time of relaxation, where students can contemplate the past year and reflect on what's to come.
Ultimately, the purpose of the trip is personal transformation.
To make the trip happen, we need to raise a minimum of $10,000. Our plan is to raise $7,000 on Crowdrise, directly from you, with an additional $3,000-4,000 of fundraising coming from sales of school t-shirts, hoodies, pizza, and other concessions. Every donation counts! And while we don't know our class trip destination yet, we expect to pick it after the winter break. Past BWS 8th grade trips included adventures to:
- Costa Rica, where students partnered with the O2 For Life Rainforest Foundation, deepening their coursework in biology by doing fieldwork examining ecosystems and leading a stewardship project in a local park (Class of '16)
- Iceland, where they participated in the Gullkistan artist residency program and visited various locations throughout the country (Class of '15)
- Redwood Forests, California, where they camped, learned about land stewardship and explored the outdoors (Class of '14)
The 8th grade class trip cannot be matched by any lesson within the classroom walls. The trips are ambitious and certainly require more fundraising than usual. Please support us by donating to the campaign – and contributing to an experience that will serve the children for a lifetime.
Lots of love,
The 8th grade parents and Mr. McKay