The world has changed over the ninety years since the first class met on the porch of a home on the Hill School campus. Life at Wyndcroft today reflects those changes, of course. Our physical campus and our curricular materials bear no relation to those of the early twentieth century. But in essence, we like to think the heart of Wyndcroft has not changed at all. Excellent academics, non sibi, and happy children still abound in Wyndcroft life. Join us here for a glimpse of Wyndcroft today, and see for yourself how, in an up-to-date setting with thoroughly modern children, Wyndcroft continues to reflect the same essential values imbued by our founders, ninety years ago.
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Dau House Dedication
Trustees and administrators of Wyndcroft gathered on a crisp fall night to welcome the Dau family to the school. The happy occasion was the dedication and naming of the home at 1301 Wilson Street, as the Dau House, now an official part of the Wyndcroft School. This facility now houses the Development and Business Offices of the school, and affords us some elegant meeting spaces.
A very generous gift from Jack Dau and his family made our ownership of this house possible. Purchased in the summer of 2007, the adjoining property is a wonderful addition tor Wyndcroft, and after extensive renovation, we were excited about showing it off to our benefactors.
Jack’s daughters and two grandchildren accompanied him to the dedication. Barbara Dau Southwell and her son Michael Hoffman traveled from Concord, Massachusetts, and Ann Dau Conway and her daughter Keely Conway came from Long Island. Using the new accessible walkway to approach the front door, Jack cut through a bright ribbon in Wyndcroft blue and gold to allow entrance to the house, as the family and guests looked on. Inside, the warm, brightly lit house was decorated with pumpkins, fall flowers and shining candles. Jack, Ann and Barbara inspected the new development and business offices and admired the two spacious meeting rooms. Delicious hors d’oeuvres were served by Bause-Landry Catering of Pottstown.
Ann Dau Conway, Jack Dau and Barbara Dau Southwell
Preparing to hang a plaque honoring the Dau family gift, Jack spoke movingly of what Wyndcroft has meant to his family. He related how successful his daughters had been as they moved through some of the most prestigious educational institutions in the country, asserting that the foundations for this success had been clearly and strongly laid in their Wyndcroft years. “There is nothing more important than that early education before eighth grade” he said, “That is the seed and everything else grows from there.” Barbara Dau Southwell echoed her father’s sentiments saying that Wyndcroft had played a huge part in her life and meant a great deal to her. She said that a loving family and a good school were the greatest blessings any child could have. Ann Dau Conway noted that her older sister voiced her feelings also.
The Wyndcroft School is lucky to have some wonderful guardian angels holding it close through the years. As Thanksgiving approaches, everyone at Wyndcroft is overwhelmingly thankful for our all benefactors. And we warmly invite you to visit our newest facility, the Dau House, when you are in town.
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