The weekend beginning on October 16th brought an inspiring combination of virtual and in-person activities to our community. Resilience, determination, flexibility, and joy were beautifully displayed as we celebrated “Waldorf Strong” together. Starting on Friday with our annual Waldorf Symposium, eleven alumni from across the country joined us virtually to share their journeys after leaving The Waldorf School of Garden City and how the School helped shape their career paths. Ayanna Wayner ’94, Attorney and Managing Director of Fort Green Partners, LLC, described the School as a “place of evolution,” and actor Andrea Conte ’85 and designer Patrick Hankin ’94 concurred on how they were given the freedom to be curious and explore. The School produces problem solvers who are needed in our changing society. Bob Gold ’73 remembers finally being “heard” after transferring from public school and explained how he learned that true leaders utilize the strengths of those around them.
The Alumni gave particular attention to navigating life during the pandemic during the breakout sessions with high school students. The advice that resonated most was: continue to show up each day, expect ups and downs but do not quit, keep learning, ask questions, and keep growing as a person and in your chosen field. Dr. Daniel Isenschmid ’78 still refers to what he calls his “Waldorf toolbox” in his career as a Forensic Toxicologist, and Seth Skolnik ’85 told students to “binge life” instead of social media. The ability to think creatively is developed at the School and is crucial in the workplace. The WSGC is extraordinarily grateful for all of our alumni’s contributions to this event and their generosity as they encouraged the students to connect with them on LinkedIn.
The next morning brought a glorious sunrise and perfect weather for our “hybrid” Fall Fair. The PTA hosted a very successful socially distanced “Drive-thru the U” where families were able to donate goods to the Lion’s Share Food Pantry and The Book Fairies of Freeport. “We are so grateful for organizing the food drive at The Waldorf School of Garden City. [This helped] us reach our goal of preparing 280 bags for our November distribution. Just your contribution in terms of meats and miscellaneous provided a serving each to 140+ families and soap to 88. That is a HUGE achievement” said Silvia Garces, Co-Chair Lion’s Share Food Pantry. Families were also able to pick-up preordered Glen Brook fresh eggs and syrup and were given mini pumpkins to take home and decorate.
Online, families were greeted by the faculty and staff, an original composition by Joshua Wang ’22, and music from the Alumni Band. The Cooking Class with Aviva was very well attended, and the Squash Soup and Cornbread biscuits were delicious! A big congratulations go to the grand prize and other winners of the Fall Fair Raffle! If you missed the drawing, you can watch it here. The Glen Brook staff led a joyful Sing-Along to wrap up the day. Follow Glen Brook on social media to make sure you do not miss future events.
In appreciation came this a heartfelt message from the Parent-Teacher Association: “At the very heart of this amazing school is a collective group of people, who move beyond day-to-day activities and imagine and then support a place where our children can grow and flourish. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity with the raffle and the book and food donations.” To everyone who worked to make the day a reality, “you are all incredible in the unique ways you give and support the school. Thanks for a very special day!
Please enjoy the gallery of photos from the weekend below!