Maeve Taylor, School Administrator
Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm

6 Leaning Road
Essex, NY  12936
(518) 963-7385

2019 Annual Appeal


Lakeside School’s Annual Giving Fund is a yearlong campaign that raises funds and educates parents, extended family members, alumni and community members about its mission and current programming. Private schools typically rely on an annual fund to make up the difference between tuition income and the annual operating budget. Without government funding or consistent earnings from other sources, Lakeside School relies on its Annual Giving Fund as part of its budgeted income.


The goal of the Annual Giving Fund is to attain our financial goal of $30,000 and 100% participation from its parent body, faculty and board of directors. This level of participation reflects a cohesiveness of the school community that is appealing not only to outside donors, but also organizations that award grants. If you would like to become part of the Annual Giving Fund campaign, consider volunteering to be a part of the fundraising committee.


At Lakeside School, each gift is valued and every contribution matters. It’s about community and participation as much as it is about reaching a specific goal. If every donor contributes generously, according to their ability, Lakeside School will thrive. No gift is too small or too large. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Lakeside School strives to run a tight budget while also providing tuition assistance to over half of our families. Thus these donations are essential to the success of our school. Please join these generous donors in supporting Lakeside School today! 

Your donation is tax deductible.


Gifts & Donations for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

This year, we are grateful for the support of our grant-makers and donors who's support allows us to offer the families in our communities an affordable Waldorf education. 


The following organizations provided funding for Tuition Assistance: Cloudsplitter Foundation ($5,000), Lakeside School Scholarship Fund at Adirondack Foundation ($3,000)


The following organizations provided funding for general operations and support: Fortune Foundation ($5,000), The Triskeles Foundation, Steiner Education Fund in memory of Hiram A. Bingham, ($5,493), and the Essex Community Fund at Adirondack Foundation, ($2,000 for the improvement of the Sprouts playroom insulation).


The following organizations provided funding for the student programs: 

A huge thank you to the Adirondack Foundation's Special and Urgent Needs COVID-19 Relief (SUN) Fund for supporting us beyond our initial ask to ensure that we are able to continue a rich and engaging distance learning program for even our youngest students and their families.

For the past several years, the Adirondack Foundation has generously supported us through many of their charitable funds. Lakeside School is grateful for their continued support of our programs.

In 2019, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2018, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2017, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2016, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

Adirondack Garden Club names Lakeside School as
The AGC E.L. Paine Fund Award: 2017 and 2018 Recipient

Established in 2005 by the Essex County Adirondack Garden Club, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund provides financial assistance to students, individuals, or not-for-profit organizations involved in programs to study and protect the natural environment. The Fund is limited to projects that will have an impact within the Essex County area of the Adirondack Park.

In 2017, Lakeside School received $1,000 to expand its year-round farm- and nature- based Sprouts Day Care program. 

In 2018, Lakeside School received $1,000 for the development of the Sprouts Day Care play yard.

Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund Awards Professional Development Funding for Faculty and Staff

In the fall of 2016, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund (through the Adirondack Foundation) donated a generous $10,000 to Lakeside School so that we could hire an Assistant Teacher for our Forest and Farm Kindergarten Program. With an additional anonymous donation of $2,500, these funds help us to provide a program for ages 3.5 to 6 that allows children hands-on exploration in the forest, skill building with purposeful work, rich language development through storytelling, songs and movement, and lots of time to creatively play.

In 2017 and 2018, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund has continued to support Lakeside and the Pre-K/Kindergarten program. 

In 2019, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund awarded the School $5000 to fund professional development opportunities for faculty. 

Kelsey Trust Grants Help Keep Lakeside School Accessible to All


Thanks to the continuous and generous support of The Kelsey Trust, Lakeside School is able to offer scholarships to families living in the Lake Champlain Basin. Since 2016, the Trust has awarded over $20,000 towards our Tuition Assistance Fund.

In 2017, the Kelsey Trust provided $7,500 to be used for scholarships.

In 2018, the Kelsey Trust awarded Lakeside School $10,000 towards the Sprouts program.

In 2019, the Kelsey Trust gave a total of $10,000 for both Tuition Assistance and the hiring of a third Sprouts Assistant Teacher.

The Kelsey Trust is a family foundation, established in 1988 by Sally Patrick Johnson to benefit the people and protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Trust honors the lives and work of Robert Fleming Patrick and Jonathan Kelsey Woods. Since 1989 the Trust has worked collaboratively with the Vermont Community Foundation, which assists the Trust with its grant-making. Their giving focuses on organizations and projects that address these issues:

  • Protecting Lake Champlain and its tributaries, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks;

  • Addressing the educational needs of infants and children with serious educational, emotional, nutritional, and social needs, and their families;

  • Increasing educational access, incentives, and opportunities for underserved populations and non-traditional students;

  • Promoting health and well-being in underserved segments of the population, including supporting programs that provide nutrition to needy families. 

Lakeside School is grateful for the continued support from the Rudolf Steiner Foundation and the Willsboro Pre-K grant.

International Paper Foundation Supports Outdoor Skill-Building

The International Paper Foundation, with a local branch in Ticonderoga, generously provided $1,500 in 2018 for the purchase of supplies to enhance the outdoor skill-building opportunities in Lakeside School's Sprouts Daycare and Pre-K/Kindergarten programs.

The foundation also donated paper supplies to the school, to the benefit of the administrator and the Elementary Pre-K/Kindergarten classes.

Stewart's Shops Holiday Match Program Contributes to Lakeside School Fundraising

- Thanks to the success of the Stewart's Shops annual Holiday Match Program, Lakeside School has been awarded a $300 donation toward tuition assistance.

- We encourage friends of Lakeside School to contribute to the program, which takes places in Stewart's Shops annually between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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