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October 19, 2012

Spreading the secret

Newbury school brings nature into the classroom

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Designing the area, Haverington said, she referred back to her own childhood. “It allowed me to crawl into myself and think, ‘when I was little, what did I wish I had?’”

“Everyone has been so generous,” Haverington said of the community. “Everything (you see) is donated.”

As today’s children prepare for a future world that most of today’s adults can’t even fathom, schools must offer a curriculum that centers on nourishing their curiosity and creativity, Haverington said.

Eventually, Haverington said, the staff hope students’ families and the entire community will use the center for outdoor lectures, workshops and discussions.

Once indoors, the fun continues, Haverington said, as children visit the inhabitants of a state-of-the-art science center, run by Haverington’s son, Jude, a library, math center, art area, and music and theater section. There’s a separate space for toddlers to play and learn.

The school is state-licensed and follows the state’s tuition guidelines. Haverington’s long-term plan calls for adding more grade levels as the school continues to grow.

“We can’t imagine them going from this to a desk,” she said

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