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Groundbreaking Propels State-of-the-Art Outdoor Learning Space at Ancona School.
CHICAGO, May 26, 2015 – The Ancona School’s iconic butterfly has become a symbol of the transformative education that students experience from the moment they enter as 3-year-old’s to the time they graduate from eighth grade. The transformation the school is undergoing this year is proof that Ancona is resilient and, after 53 years, is ready to soar. In addition to existing Head of School, Bonnie L. Wishne’s retirement announcement, plans were solidified in October 2014 that Wishne would oversee along with her successor, Ari Frede, the next generation of child-centered and experiential learning for Ancona; a 15,000 square foot Outdoor Learning Space (OLS).
The OLS will transform Ancona’s entire outdoor campus and provide a spectacular new environment for child-led play, growth, agriculture and learning. Bonnie maintains, “this will be a true extension of Ancona’s mission.” The groundbreaking for the OLS takes place this Sunday, May 31 at Ancona’s field from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. This event is an all-community picnic culminating Bonnie’s weekend of festivities celebrating her 37 years of service to Ancona.
The OLS is the result of two years of incredible design and planning work volunteered by Ancona parents and Urbanlab’s architects, Martin Felsen and Sarah Dunn. Working behind the scenes with a committee including Ancona alum parent and civil engineer Kelsey Taylor, project managers from the University of Chicago, trustees Chip Bamberger, Lara Moynihan and Dontrey Hart, Sarah and Martin will begin construction as soon as the school year concludes. Phases 1 and 2 are expected to be complete for the start of school in September, 2015.
It was 1962 when The Ancona School’s founders embarked upon a vision for a school where old rules no longer applied. They believed school should be a transformative experience where students discover their own possibilities and develop a profound understanding of how to be contributing citizens of a democratic society. Fifty-three years later, Ancona is a leader in diversity, a champion of child-centered and experiential learning and maintains its commitment to social justice.
For a complete list of this weekend’s festivities, visit https://anconaschool.org/leadership/bonnies-legacy-weekend/.
For additional information, please contact Fiona Farrahi, external affairs office at 773.322.1724 or 773.924.2356 Ext. 224. . Explore Ancona at www.anconaschool.org.