Monday, April 2012
Our community of parents, teachers, staff, alumni, parents of alumni and friends of the school gathered together at Café Brauer for the purpose of raising funds for innovative uses of technology in the Waldorf curriculum and in school operations. After enthusiastic socializing the night’s program began with keynote speeches from the CWS Board President, our Administrative Director, faculty and finally a Waldorf Alumnus. Each spoke from differing perspectives about the value of the Professional Development initiatives that were funded by last year's Gala and about the value of technology (and the unique Waldorf approach to integrating technology) in learning and communications for the school that the current year's gala was dedicated to supporting. Two inspiring films (alumni reflections & faculty development) were screened that profiled CWS faculty members and alumni who reflected on the ground-breaking and inventive characteristics of Waldorf education.
As Science teacher, Brian Gleichauf described to the assembled guests that night, “Technology is an any entity (tool, machine, technique, craft, system, method of organization) designed for and by human beings, that enhances a human’s capacities, and which is based on insight into both nature and the inner nature of the human being…We also say: ‘Technology is viewed as an expression of what the human being can produce that will be of service to others.’…Today, in our world of constantly changing technology, we must not only help our young people understand how technology works, but also how they can innovate new technology with meaning and an ethical direction.”
The ensuing Dutch auction raised funds that exceeded expectations and were a significant increase above last year's totals. This growth shows the strength and enthusiasm of our community's dedication to supporting the school and adding resources to its innovative approach to technology, as a leading and essential aspect of our Waldorf education. The overwhelming generosity exemplified on Saturday night left our faculty and administration members genuinely moved and filled with deep gratitude. Attendees then proceeded to celebrate with a spirit and joy that spilled over into dinner discussions and concentrated revelry on the dance floor.
Thank you all for your support of the school and this essential aspect of Waldorf education!