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Silver Jubilee Celebration of Maharishi School’s Hopson Hall September 6

Twenty-five years ago, a dream was fulfilled--the construction of Hopson Hall was completed at Maharishi School, establishing a new, nurturing environment for the school’s rapidly expanding student body. Maharishi School is opening its doors on September 6 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the completion of Hopson Hall with a day-long series of events, including tours, music, food, and commemorative slideshows.

The celebration will begin Saturday afternoon, September 6, with an open house and ice cream social beginning at 2:30. Special guest Paul Fauerso will provide music during the 7:30 evening concert with dessert reception in Maharishi School’s Henry Ogden Clark Auditorium. A slideshow retrospective of the 1989 inauguration will be a part of the evening’s events.

For a $25 special commemorative packet, including concert ticket and a copy of Maharishi School Construction & Inauguration by Jim Davis, email your request to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Only 15 packets are available.

“This event is as much a celebration of our community coming together to fulfill a dream, as it is of the building,” says Maharishi School’s Director of Development Annalisa Miller.

In August of 1989, two years after the ground-breaking ceremony, it became clear that the building would not be finished in time for the beginning of the school year. “An appeal went out to the entire meditating community to help in any way possible to finish the building for the children. Some people had construction skills and many contributed by cleaning and preparing areas for the more skilled finish work. Almost everyone who could take some time away from their work came for parts of days or even the entire week, often working until late into the night in order to get the building completed. People who did not have children worked alongside parents who had a more direct reason for seeing the job completed.” (Maharishi School Construction & Inauguration, copyright 2012, Jim Davis)

Maharishi School’s Hopson Hall is a four-story, 66,000 square foot building. The school has 22 classrooms, a large library, art and computer rooms, a reception hall, and administrative offices. In an article about the inauguration of Hopson Hall written in 1989 for The Iowa Source, Suzanne Thomas Lawlor said the following: “We did it in love, we did it with fun. It’s our legacy of the time we all got together for Fairfield’s greatest party.”

Come to this year’s September 6 commemoration to appreciate and celebrate the legacy of all those (and all of us) who volunteered.

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