Dear Parents, Families and Friends:
It's time for our 11th annual Montessori Community School FUN RUN!
On Thursday, September 28th,our students will be running and bouncing to raise pledges for our two Service Learning Projects:
The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF)
Specifically, the COEEF program will give vital financial support so that the six girls our MCS students sponsor can attend school in Ethiopia. The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund exists to empower young girls from Ethiopia who are living in impoverished circumstances to have a quality, private education through generous sponsors and donors. Without this assistance many of these girls would not have the opportunity to attend any school. We feel that supporting girls in this way will have such a far reaching effect: “To educate a girl is to educate a village (nation).”
Adopt-a-Native Elder Program
For more than 20 years our school has been involved in the Adopt a Native Elder program. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a Bridge of Hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.
We originally adopted three grandmothers - Grandmother Roseline Jackson who died three years ago. Grandmother Emma Bahe who died last year and Grandmother Elivira Horseherder to whom we are still committed. Last year we chose to adopt another grandmother whose name is Grandmother Anita Jackson, a relative of Grandmother Roseline. We are delighted to continue to be part of the life and support of Grandmothers Anita and Elvira.
As we've decided decided to hold this event in the fall this year, the Fun Run will coincide nicely with the Navajo Rug Show at Deer Valley in November. Our third and fifth graders will attend the Rug Show, and they will have a chance to meet one, if not both, of the Adopt-a-Native-Elder grandmothers we support, and to give them a portion of the gifts we share with them throughout the year, in person.
The money raised by our students will be used to provide our adopted Navajo grandmothers with much-needed items, such as food, firewood, clothing, and gardening tools as well as yarn to weave the beautiful rugs they sell to earn a living and also to our support our girls in Ethiopia.
Service Learning is an important component of our Montessori program, and teaches students about the joy and value of contributing to their community, society, and world. We encourage you to join with us in supporting your child in service learning.
Please make your pledge via Youcaring.com and share with family and friends.
Our goal this year is to raise at least $6,000 total,
with 80% family participation.
We look forward to this exciting Service Learning experience and hope all of our families will participate with enthusiasm.
“If salvation and help are to come, it is from the child, for the child is the constructor of man and so of society. The child is endowed with an inner power which can guide us to a more enlightened future.”
– Maria Montessori