Children have an innate need to move, and at Washington Waldorf School we fulfill that need in a variety of ways - such as unstructured play, games, eurythmy, and competitive sports. Movement is both a vital part of children’s development and a bottomless reservoir of joy. Although students here have plenty of ways to move, they don’t always have optimum spaces in which to move. In short, we don’t have a gym.

To address this, Washington Waldorf School is launching a $7 million capital campaign to build a gym on our current campus. This campaign is made possible by alum parent Brad Clark, whose initial $3.5 million investment has inspired the Washington Waldorf School community by matching, dollar for dollar, every additional gift raised by the community until a total goal of $7 million is reached to fully realize the gym’s construction costs.

To date, the Room to Move campaign has raised a total of $6.1 million of the $7 million goal.


The Room to Move campaign also acknowledges the success of Washington Waldorf School’s previous campaign, Build Our Vision, which completed Phase 1 of necessary renovations to our existing building at 4800 Sangamore Road. Building the gym is Phase 2 of a vision to make 4800 Sangamore Road a long term home for Washington Waldorf School. Building the gym is possible today because of the dedication, hard work, and generosity of many previous parents, grandparents, and faculty.

At Mr. Clark’s request, the gym will be named after two longtime faculty members, alumni parents, and grandparents of the school, John and Mary Brauer. When complete, The John and Mary Brauer Gym will serve as an athletic facility, additional classroom space, and a community space. There will truly be more Room to Move!

Gym Interior

Ways to Give

Thanks to the generosity of lead donors, the Room to Move campaign has already raised over 80% of its goal. However, to reach our final goal, we need broad participation from the entire community. There are a variety of ways to give to the Room to Move campaign. Please choose one that best fits your needs and financial situation. Naming opportunities are available.

  • Pledges
    • Pledges enable donors to make ambitious gifts and spread payments out over as many as four years. All campaign pledges must be fully paid by December 31, 2025.
  • Outright Gifts
    • Made in one payment and provides direct and immediate campaign support. Gifts may be made online or via check.
  • Stock Gifts
    • Pledges or Outright Gifts can be accepted via appreciated stock. Please contact the Development Office to learn more about how to transfer stock to Washington Waldorf School as a charitable tax free donation
  • 401K or Retirement Funds
    • Individuals over 70 are able to make gifts to Washington Waldorf School directly from their 401(k) or other retirement funds. These donated funds can be a part of an annual required minimum distribution.

Room to Move Campaign gifts provide capital support for construction of the gym. They are separate from annual One Fund gifts which provide ongoing operating support for the school. Please maintain support for Washington Waldorf School’s One Fund as your first priority, by making your campaign gift in addition to the One Fund.

Campaign Leadership

  • Vanessa Beckman, Co-Chair
  • John Beckman, Co-Chair
  • Brad Clark, Co-Chair
  • Stephanie Hanson, Director of Development
  • Jon Jackson, Co-Chair
  • Pat Jackson, Campaign Counsel
  • Maria Monteverde-Jackson, Co-Chair
  • Taisto Saloma, Athletic Director
  • Lelia True, Faculty Chair/Head of School
  • Miriam Zarin, Director of Alumni and Community Relations
  • Maria Monteverde-Jackson, Co-Chair, Current and Alum Parent
  • Marilyn Noguera, Co-Chair, Current Parent
  • Vanessa Beckman, Current Parent
  • Susannah Goodman, Current Parent
  • Stephanie Hanson, Director of Development
  • Kimiko Lighty, Current Parent
  • Kate Mueller, Current Parent
  • Lelia True, Faculty Chair/Head of School
  • Miriam Zarin, Director of Alumni and Community Relations
  • Anja Caldwell, Current Parent
  • Bill Caldwell, Current Parent
  • Michael Gibson, Current Parent
  • Stephanie Hanson, Director of Development
  • Adam Lotinsky, Project Manager
  • Caitlin MacKenzie, Current Parent
  • Taisto Saloma, Athletic Director
  • Lelia True, Faculty Chair/Head of School
  • Dan Wacker, Former Trustee Counsel Chair
  • Scott Wilets, Current Parent
  • James Wise, Site Committee Chair, Current Parent

Thanks to all our donors

Thank you to the following parents, alums, faculty, parents of alums, grandparents, and friends whose gifts have helped us raise $6.1 million out of our $7 million goal to date for the Room to Move campaign

John and Natalie Adams

David and Marianne Alsop

Stephen Adelmann and Lynn Wenning-Adelmann

Anonymous (3)

The Beckman Family

Jack Benson and Cecilia Berg-Benson

Philip and Doerthe Braun

Anja and Bill Caldwell

Alfred J. Clark, Jr.

Barbara Cuthill and David E. Nebiker

Tove and Susan Elfstrom

Jim Epstein, Justine Epstein and Jules Feeney in honor of Lionel C. Epstein

The Coleman Family

Michael Danzansky

Florencia Del Villar, Micah Bump and Family

Patty Deuster and Greg Mueller

Tove and Susan Elfstrom

Allison A. Fultz and Stephen A. Langer

The Gallo Bruner Family

Daniel and Adria Foster

William and Nancy Foster

Charles W. and Kathleen Fox

Susan and Joel Fuller

Susannah Goodman and Ted Zegers

Torie Gorges and Todd Manchester

William and Stephanie Hanson

Greg Heltzer and Jesse Travis

Nancy Hirschbein and Bob Roche

Eric and Susan Holdsworth

Jonathon Jackson and Maria Monteverde-Jackson

Pat Jackson

Danielle and Matthew Kozlowski

Dr. Velma LaPoint and Dr. Bob White

Jill and Phillip Lighty

Kimiko and Phillip Lighty

Caitlin MacKenzie and Noel Bicknell

Mary Ann MacKenzie

Bill Merkel and Family

A Gift from Kate Mueller and Mike Gibson, Parents of Bridget Gibson

Dileep and Natasha Nair

The Nebicker Family

Marilyn Noguera

Jennifer H. Page

Melissa and Todd Phillips

Jennie Rabinowitz and Dan Jamieson

Jennifer Robinson and Eben Kaplan

Mary and Peter Robinson

Abby and Taisto Saloma

Chrissie and Lex Sant

Jessie and Steve Sincavage

The True Family

Gifts in Honor of Bill True

Yon and Dan Wacker

Pamela and James Wise

Anne and Tom Wotring

Carla Wheeler and Jeff Naimon

Gym Exterior
Gym Site Detail