Coach Lawrence Eyre named USPTA National Coach of the Year


As printed in the Ottumwa Courier, September 24, 2009

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Lawrence Eyre, the tennis coach at Fairfield’s Maharishi School, was honored with the National High School Coach of the Year Award by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) at their World Conference.

This award is given to one coach from all the high schools in the United States irrespective of school size.
“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Maharishi School,” said Eyre, who has been a certified Professional 1 member of the USPTA since 1992.P1010088

Eyre was one of the founding faculty members of Maharishi School in 1981. He started the Pioneers tennis team in 1988 and has led them to the Final Four in the Iowa 1-A team tournament 12 times.

In his 22 seasons as coach, his players have earned 16 state championships in singles, doubles and team tennis. In 1999 and 2000, the boys’ team won the “triple crown” — singles, doubles and team tennis titles at the Iowa 1-A state championships.

“Maharishi School tennis players follow a new athletic paradigm,” said Eyre, who graduated from Yale University. “Instead of ‘no pain, no gain,’ our motto is ‘train without strain.’ We invest in rest for tennis success.”
Eyre attributes his players’ achievements to their group practice of the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique, which creates “restful alertness.”

“Peak experience is the basis of peak performance,” explained Eyre. “Our athletes play in the ‘zone’ because they live there.”

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Maharishi School Receives $32,000 Grant


Maharishi School recently received a highly competitive grant from Iowa Aim Empowerment, which is part of the Iowa Department of Management. Funding was made available by Iowa's First Years First public/private gifts and grants account. The First Years First grant received by Maharishi Preschool for $32,600 was one of six applications out of 25 to receive funding.

The grant was given to Maharishi Preschool to build our new Arbor Day certified Nature Explore Classroom, which will be a model outdoor classroom designed to connect children to nature. This play space will expose young children to nature-based learning, and teachers at Maharishi Preschool will share knowledge of outdoor education with other preschools, childcare centers, and parents throughout Iowa.

The purpose of this grant is to fund opportunities that create high quality model projects in early care, health, and education that better prepare our children for school readiness. Maharishi Preschool, in collaboration with many early childcare agencies including our local AIM Empowerment Board, ISU Extension, Child Care Resource & Referral, American Home Findings, Jefferson County Conservation Board, and the Arbor Day Foundation, will work together to provide more outdoor education to teachers in our area.


Nature Explore Classroom


As printed in the Fairfield Ledger

Maharishi Preschool, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, is creating the first certified Nature Explore Classroom in southeast Iowa, which will be an outdoor classroom designed to connect children to nature.

The idea for a new playground began with parents of preschoolers at Maharishi Preschool who wanted a more meaningful outdoor play environment for their children. Diana Krystofiak, former Maharishi School greenhouse specialist, gathered together a team of volunteer designers with backgrounds in numerous areas including education, permaculture and geography.

"[Krystofiak] is very involved with eco-friendly activities, " said Maharishi Preschool director Laura Bordow.

The six designers mainly corresponded through Google Chat for six months before coming up with a design, which included items requested by both parents and school administrators.

To meet Arbor Day standards, the design had to adhere to the organization's "10 Guiding Principals." The principals are: divide the space into clearly delineated areas for different kinds of activities; include a complete mix of activity areas; give areas simple names; identify each area with a sign and other visual clues; be sure every area is visible at all times; use a variety of natural materials, including trees and other live plants; choose elements for durability and low maintenance; maximize beauty and visual clarity in the over-all design; personalize the design with regional materials and ideas from the children and staff; be sure the space meets all regulatory standards for the region. Also, school members were required to attend Arbor Day workshops.

Among the features of the playground will be a sandbox, an old-fashioned hand pump, a tree house theater area and a swing set. Leslie Lane of Earth Man Design began construction of the playground in the spring. The former playground equipment at the site has been donated to the Amish, and the 12,300-square-foot playground currently is in its first and second stages of construction. The fifth and final construction stage is scheduled to be finished in the spring.

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Maharishi School Boys Varsity Tennis Team is the 2009 Runner-up at State.

Written by Rig Gelfand Tuesday, 09 June 2009 21:08


This is a terrific accomplishment for this team of underclassmen. Congratulations to coach Eyre and the Varsity Team.

Here is the Fairfield Ledger article of Wednesday June 3rd.

JOHNSTON — For the past five years and 12 of the last 22, Maharishi School has been a part of the boys tennis final four. With those numbers them as a tailwind, one may think state meet experience would be a strength for the Pioneers. (Check out more sports news in our archive.)

However, after four players left from last year’s third-place team, the young Maharishi School squad had some learning to do. In the end, MSAE fell just short of fifth state championship in that 22-year span and took a runner-up finish. The Pioneers beat a “rough and tumble” Fort Dodge St. Edmond team 5-3 before falling 5-0 in the championship match to Dubuque Wahlert – a team that took their sixth Class 1A championship in as many tries.

Since dropping to Class 1A in 2003, Wahlert hasn’t ended a season without a state championship. Maharishi School now has four state championships, five runner-up and three third-place finishes in those 12 qualifying years.



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