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Ashwood Receives Agriculture Awareness Grant

painting by Ella SimonAshwood Waldorf School has received a $1000 Agriculture Awareness grant from Maine Agriculture in the Classroom (MAIC) to support a partnership with Aldermere Farm in Rockport, Maine.

In the spirit of MAIC’s goal to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, Ashwood’s middle school students are participating in Aldermere’s Farm Hands program. Each week this fall, the teens visited the farm to work with the young Belted Galloway calves, learning to halter train, groom, and lead Aldermere’s famed “belties.” A second group of Ashwood students will participate in the program this spring.

“This has been a wonderful group for jumping right in, learning the skills, and implementing what they’ve learned,” said Aldermere Program Coordinator Sarah Post. “It’s fabulous how quickly they’ve been able to do everything, and they have such a tenderness with the animals.”

The work done by the students is a service to the Farm because it allows the calves to get use to being around people, and to be well tempered and manageable.

© 2012 Madrona Wienges

© 2012 Madrona Wienges

The eight-week program offers each student four weeks of hands on work with the calves and four weeks of drawing and painting en plein air. For the artisitic portion, students studied the anatomical structure of the cow in order to be able to accurately render their drawings. Ashwood Eighth Grader, Ella Simon described the process: “First we sketched the landscape. Next, we transferred our composition very lightly onto painting paper. Then we began to paint. We painted trees and the fields; some of us included a barbed-wire fence, and lastly we added the cows. Our class has enjoyed the time we spent at the farm and loved working there.”

Farm Hands Gallery

8th Grade Graduation, June 8


Image from the Class of 2012 graduation invitation

Save the date for Eighth Grade Graduation! The Class of 2013, along with their hardworking teacher, Mr. Eichenlaub, will be sending out invitations this spring to the event which will take place at the Strom Auditorium on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

Graduation is the culminating moment of each student’s time at Ashwood. It is the students’ last chance to share their talents with and be recognized by our school community. It is one last opportunity for the Eighth Graders to give to their community through performance and for our community to honor their growth and achievements.

At Ashwood, graduation is is seen as a significant moment for the whole community: for the younger children who are inspired by the Eighth Graders and who look forward to their own graduation, for the teachers who have all had a hand in their education, for the parents of children in other grades who have watched and helped the Eighth Graders grow through the years.

Our hope is that all parents and friends of Ashwood will also join us. It truly is a wonderful event!