2013 Flood Anniversary – A Letter of Gratitude to Our Community

Dear Friends of Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten,

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Colorado Floods.  As most of you know, a year ago we were forced to temporarily close our building and grounds.  The heavy rains lasted for a week or more, eventually filling our beautiful building with water, mud and gravel!  After closing the building, and with the tremendous efforts of our staff and community and with the welcoming arms of our friends down the road, we were able to resume Kindergarten and Toddler classes in the lovely rooms of the Congregation Nevei Kodesh.

Although our classrooms and playgrounds were badly damaged, our spirits were lifted by the outpouring of community support that came our way a year ago, and has continued to do so.  AndBWK_Classroom_1 as we look back on those many weeks of rebuilding, our hearts are filled with all the memories we have of selfless volunteers, of kind words, and of generous donations from countless people here in Boulder, and people who traveled here from around the country, and even people from around the globe who offered donations and encouragement.  With all of your support and patience we have been able to restore our beloved location in north Boulder.

This week, we would also like to draw our attention to our children.  It can be all too easy to forget that our children may be deeply impacted by stressful events, not to mention the demands of our daily lives!  Perhaps take a quiet moment with your family sometime this week, maybe light a candle, and remember what we have to be thankful and grateful for.  Beginning, of course, with each other!

We also realize that some flood victims are still experiencing hardships, some have lost their homes, and some even tragically lost a friend or loved one a year ago or in the heavy rains since.  We’d like to let you know about an upcoming event and remembrance day:  the Foothills United Way’s Day of Caring on this Friday, September 12th.  We will also be making a donation to continuing flood recovery efforts and encourage you to do the same if you can.

So, thank you all again, and again, from the bottoms of our hearts.  And in the words of Mr. Rogers, when you need a supporting hand don’t forget to “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  We know it’s true!  We are eternally grateful to you.


The Teachers and Staff of Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten








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