"Breaking Ground" from left to right:Project Manager Brendan Gilmore, Superintendent Michael Sarno, and President Lee Dellicker from Windover Construction; Cape Ann Waldorf School President of the Board of Trustees Robin Taliesin; CAWS Administrator Susan White; Mayor Bill Scanlon, City of Beverly; CAWS Board of Trustees member Pamela Fantini; David Croteau, Principal at Flansburgh Architects

The Cape Ann Waldorf School (CAWS) broke ground on this beautiful autumn day at its new home at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA.  Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. was present at the ceremony, along with representatives from Windover Construction and Flansburgh Architects as well as most of the school’s faculty, staff and students.

“Congratulations Cape Ann Waldorf School,” said Mayor Scanlon.  “This is a great day for education in the city of Beverly. ”

Cape Ann Waldorf School has been renting space in Beverly Farms for 23 years and recently purchased an eight acre parcel with an existing office building at historic Moraine Farm.  The purchase was made to accommodate a growing number of students from across the North Shore.  Currently, CAWS students come from a variety of communities including Lynn, Marblehead, Swampscott, Gloucester, Byfield, Georgetown, Newburyport and Amesbury.  The new location will enable the school to serve a greater swath of North Shore families.

“Our school searched many years for a new home,” said Gretchen MacKilligan, CAWS parent and Beverly resident.  “The goal was for the school to stay in Beverly, and we sought a peaceful, bucolic setting in which the children could learn surrounded by natural beauty.  We are so grateful, and now we have this tremendous opportunity to join in the stewarding of this historically significant property with our new partners, The Trustees of Reservations, Project Adventure, Essex County Greenbelt, and, of course, The Batchelder Trust.”

Moraine Farm was designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., who created dozens of historically significant parks, country estates, and government buildings in the United States, including Stanford University, the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building, and New York City’s Central Park.  Moraine Farm sits on 175 acres on the shore of Wenham Lake.  CAWS plans to move into their new home in Spring 2011.

Flansburg Architects of Boston is the architect and Windover Construction of Manchester-by-the-Sea is the general contractor for the project.  Financing has been provided by MassDevelopment and Wainwright Bank & Trust Company.  When completed, the new addition will add approximately 4,000 square feet of new space to the existing building.

Cape Ann Waldorf School currently serves children in Nursery through Grade 8.  Its students come from 26 cities and towns north of Boston and represent a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.  Enrollment applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Further information about the school can be found atwww.capeannwaldorf.org or by calling (978) 927-1936.