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20 Nelson Road
Ithaca, NY, 14850
United States



Support Ithaca Waldorf School

Help enhance the Early Childhood playground!


Dear IWS Friends and Families,

Play teaches us collaboration and compromise, strengthens us physically and socially. Play is integral to Waldorf education, especially in the first seven years of school. What better way to honor play than with a new Early Childhood playground at the Ithaca Waldorf School (IWS)? To make this vision a reality, we need your help!


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we have received $20,000 towards the cost of building a new playground on the hilltop. With over 75% of the funding in place, we only need to raise $6K to make this project a reality. Please make a donation today!

Play-by-Design (, a local company owned by the family of an IWS alumnus, will collaborate with professional excavators and landscapers to install a playscape with the following features:

  • a cable bridge and monkey bars for developing upper body strength & coordination

  • a wobble balance, tire hop and tunnels

  • a sunshade over the sandbox

  • a perimeter fence to increase playground safety

  • a water management system to mitigate the extensive mud puddles!

Please consider a gift by June 30th so that the children may enjoy this new play space next school year. Checks payable to IWS may be mailed to IWS, 20 Nelson Road, Ithaca NY 14850, or you may donate online (

Very gratefully yours,

Emily Butler | DVM Director of School Administration

Gifts made to the Ithaca Waldorf School (IWS) are tax-deductible. IWS is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status and a Federal Tax Identification number of 16-1389464.

Annual Campaign

Our school is growing, and we need you to help it flourish. The student body is robust, and the school is shining with the greens and reds of the children’s fresh energy and passion for learning. Each classroom reveals the unique and beautiful vision of the faculty who continue to be the heart of the school. The school’s festivals, including Michaelmas, Dia de los Muertos, Lantern Walk, Winter Spiral, Lunar New Year, and Mayfaire, frame the seasons and bring renewed enthusiasm and focus to our mission. We welcome your support to keep these classrooms and traditions healthy and alive.

We enjoy our fourth year in our building on Nelson Road, attending to the beautification and utility of our indoor and outdoor spaces. Thanks to donors like you, we have the beginnings of an exciting new playscape. Each student spends ten minutes every day beautifying the school, and these efforts are visible when you step onto the land or through the entrance. The farm adds a truly distinctive experience for the students, who tend the earth with care and devotion. It’s a breathtaking time for Waldorf education in Ithaca, and we invite you to be a part of it.

Gifts made to the Ithaca Waldorf School are tax-deductible. The school is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Its Federal Tax Identification number is 16-1389464.

Maria Rabb Fund

“Life is juicy and resilient, but also fragile. Don’t wait until the conditions are perfect, but rather try to make space in your life for things and experiences that really matter to you. Appreciate your health and all the other blessings that we often take for granted.”


Many of you knew Maria as a dear friend, an engaged fellow class parent, a supportive colleague.  Others of you may have known her warmth of spirit through the end of the telephone, or via a letter she sent during her years working at the Ithaca Waldorf School.  Maria has been supportive of Waldorf education for over 20 years, through the establishment of a Parent/Child class in Florida, to work in Hungary, and for at least a decade here in Ithaca.  Her presence at Parent Study evenings always brought joy to the gatherings.  All of us remember her as a selfless, generous soul, whose courage and effervescence will live forever in our hearts.

At the Ithaca Waldorf School, it seems only appropriate that we continue to honor Maria’s tireless work in support of Waldorf education.  This year we have established a fund, which will provide emergency tuition support for any family facing a sudden crisis (for example: terminal illness, loss of work).  All proceeds will be donated to the Maria Rabb fund.   If you wish to contribute directly to the fund, please contact Emily Butler, Director of School Administration, at (607)-256-2020.

Jim McClurkin Scholarship Fund

Jim McClurkin was an exceptional teacher of several classes at the Waldorf School of the Finger Lakes. His specialty at the WSOFL evolved to being the teacher who would successfully take an existing class to graduation, which he did for at least four classes. Jim passed away unexpectedly during the summer of 2016 after 25 years of teaching Waldorf education. This scholarship honors his personal dedication and his inspired leadership and is funded by grateful friends, colleagues, parents and students of the Waldorf School of the Finger Lakes.

A scholarship fund has been established in Jim's name to enable students with financial need to attend the Ithaca Waldorf School. This scholarship honors his personal dedication and inspired leadership and is funded by grateful friends, colleagues, parents and students. If you would like to make a memorial gift to this fund, please click here to contribute securely via PayPal (please write: Jim McClurkin Scholarship when you make your donation).  Alternatively you may send a check, payable to the Ithaca Waldorf School (writing Jim McClurkin Scholarship in the memo line), 20 Nelson Road, Ithaca NY, 14850.  If you have further questions, please contact Emily Butler, Director of School Administration at the Ithaca Waldorf School, or via phone at607-256-2020.

Amazon Smile

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