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Where do you want to have the most impact? Find the fund or program that you feel passionate about supporting. Here are the current giving opportunities:
As with virtually every other independent school in the United States, tuition covers only a portion of the cost of each student’s experience at Montessori Community School (MCS). By contributing to this fund, you are providing the flexibility to address our school’s greatest needs. With your help MCS is able to:
Equip our classrooms with authentic Montessori materials.
Make Montessori education accessible to families in need of tuition support.
Offer professional development and training opportunities to our teachers and staff.
Maintain and improve our campus and playgrounds to keep our students safe and happy.
Other operating expenses.
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Set it and forget it! Becoming a member of the Pink Tower Society, our monthly giving program, makes supporting MCS easy and convenient. Making a large, annual gift can be intimidating. But smaller monthly gifts are much more manageable, and can add up quickly. For example, for the price of a cappuccino, a $5 monthly gift becomes a $60 annual gift. And a $25 monthly gift becomes a $300 annual donation! All Pink Tower Society members are listed in our Annual Report.
Patricia (right) playing with her classmates
In 1972, Marilyn and Wayne Weber founded the Katrice Montessori School (now known as Montessori Community School) to accommodate the special needs of their daughter, Patricia, who had Down Syndrome. Patricia accomplished much during her lifetime, including learning American Sign Language and hula, and becoming a teacher’s assistant, helping preschool children learn how to read. When Marilyn passed in June of this year, her son, Mark Weber, and his wife Karen, were moved to establish the Patricia Weber Family Fund to help students with a wide range of unique learning needs. Patricia recently passed in August 2022. As we enter MCS’ 50th Anniversary year, it is only fitting that this fund will honor our first student and the family that supported her.
This fund was established in 2018 following the retirement of Jerry Mueller who served for 43 years as a teacher at MCS. Jerry had a remarkable career, helping hundreds of children to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and a commitment to bettering our world. Although his passing in December 2020 has left an ache in our hearts, we are grateful for your gift that honors his legacy. This year, we’ve expanded the scope of the Jerry Mueller Teacher Training Fund. In addition to helping teachers with their Montessori certification, this fund will also be used to provide teachers with other professional development opportunities to stay up-to-date with the latest teaching methods.
Teachers who received scholarships from the Jerry Mueller Teacher Training Fund:
Ms. Amalia Prado, Ms. Sheryl Lomongo, and Ms. Alexandria Sisson
The Children’s Education Endowment Fund was established in 2015, with the support of the following funds:
By contributing to this fund, you are making Montessori education accessible to families in need of tuition support. This fund has the twin goals of diversifying the student body and broadening access to the Montessori model of education across the community. Last year, a total of $48,000 was awarded to 15 families, giving their children the opportunity to attend Montessori Community School.