Lantern Walk 
Friday, November 6

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5:00 to 5:45 p.m. – Pre K
6:00 to 6:45 p.m. – Kindergarten
7:00 to 7:45 p.m. – Grade 1
8:00 to 8:45 p.m. – Grade 2

Location

Prospect Park
11600 West 44th Avenue
(44th & Robb)
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Print the event flier here.

 Important Notes about Friday

  • Please see your teacher to view a map of the park and meeting location for the start of the walk.
  • Cookies and cider will be served at the pavilion on the north side of the parking lot while families are waiting for their walk to begin. You will hear a bell ring when it is time to quietly join your class at the designated meeting location. After your walk please leave the park carefully and quietly so families coming in for the next walk can park.
  • Pathways to the new playground will be blocked off with lanterns and/or hay bails as this is not a time for anyone to be on the playground.

Preparations

To prepare for the Lantern Walk, please work with your children to learn the songs and review the Parents’ Roles (below):

Gather Food Donations

In the spirit of sharing, we will collect donated food items from the community at the walk. We are requesting Scrip grocery cards, shelf stable foods, canned tuna and chicken, and nut butters. Bags of rice, potatoes, or boxed mixes are also welcome. Please place your donations in the baskets that will be at the entrance of the walk area.

Support the Lantern Walk

You can support the Lantern Walk in the following ways:
  • Gather (shelf stable) food donations that will be collected at the Walks.
  • Donate gingerbread cookies and cider. Sign up here.
  • Volunteer at the Lantern Walk setting up, cleaning up, and serving cookies and cider. Sign up here.

What Does Lantern Walk Celebrate?

Each November, an evening of beauty, wonder, and inspiration takes place for Waldorf schools around the world. The Lantern Walk commemorates Martinmas, as it is more commonly known in Europe, in honor of St. Martin, whose story (below) reminds us all of our shared humanity. The Lantern Walk is a simple, reverent event bringing to life for our youngest children their role as a spark of light in the dark of night — a spark of light in the world. Processing peacefully along luminaria-lit paths, children carry their handmade lanterns, and all those walking sing traditional Lantern Walk songs that encourage us to be that warmth and light for ourselves and for others. Martinmas celebrates hope and kindness and being called to help others and be the good in the world.

The Story of St. Martin

Once upon a time there was a young man named Martin. He was kind and gentle. One day he was going to the city of Amien. As he walked along the country road, he rejoiced at seeing the tall trees with their branches swaying in the breeze and flowers of many colors growing from the ground, and at hearing birds chirping and singing.

He said, “The world is good,” and felt happy to see the trees and flowers and hear the birds. The sun shone down on him, and he felt its warmth on his shoulders.

Soon he came to the gate of the city of Amien. He walked through a large archway. The sun was fading, and it began to get dark, so he lit his lantern. As he walked along, he came upon a man crouched on the ground shivering and cold with hardly any clothes on. Martin took off his cloak, tore it in two, laid one half over the shivering man, and gave him his lantern so he would have warmth and light.

Then he went on until he came to his place of rest, lay down on his bed, and went to sleep. While he slept he had a dream. In his dream there was an angel who said, “Thank you for giving part of your coat and your lamp to the shivering man so he could have warmth and light. Your name shall be St. Martin.” Again and again St. Martin gave clothing to those who were cold, food to the hungry, and light to those in need. (Borrowed from Waldorf Yarns)

The Light That Lives Within

As we walk together in light, we may ask ourselves, “What ‘light’ — in other words, unique talents and gifts — lives within me that I can share with my family, with my community?” There are countless ways, every day, in which parents and teachers act on behalf of their children. Loving guidance and patient understanding shine on the children like a lantern leading them on their journey through childhood.

Let our Lantern Walk inspire and rekindle the light that lives within, and remind us to take that light, those gifts that each of us harbors, and share them in the innumerable ways that are meaningful to ourselves and those around us.