Mountaineer Montessori Middle School to ‘Plant Seeds for the Future’ on #GivingTuesday



Mountaineer Montessori School will unveil a new middle school initiative, “Planting the Seeds for the Future,” at a special MMS Parent Meeting on “#GivingTuesday,” Dec. 3.  The campaign lays the groundwork for expanding the school’s curriculum through eighth grade beginning in August 2014.   MMS currently serves students ages 3 through sixth grade.

#GivingTuesday™ (#GT) is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.  The second annual Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3.

“#GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to present our ‘Planting the Seeds for the Future” campaign to MMS families and the community, said MMS Head of School Dana Gilliland.

Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision for adolescent education called for integration of knowledge and experience and opportunities for genuine contribution to the community.  “The result is intellectual independence, an awareness of human connections and the strengthening of moral character,” Gilliland explained.


GTuesday2012Community service has been a bedrock of MMS bedrock since its founding in 1976.


“Starting in the primary (preschool) grades, students develop responsibility and contribute to the well-being of their classroom, environment and the larger world,” Gilliland said. In recent weeks, for example, students launched a food drive for Manna Meal, participated as weekly “reading buddies” to Piedmont Elementary kindergarten students, baked dog biscuits for the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association and created custom cards for residents of the Heartland of Charleston Nursing Home.

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“The Mountaineer Montessori Middle School, which will emphasize academic rigor, service and entrepreneurship, will take service to a new level and develop students who are role models and true stewards of land, our community and each other,” she said.


“Through this campaign, we will engage business, community and educational leaders in this exciting program to build a new generation of leaders, innovators and thoughtful citizens who will shape the future of West Virginia,” added Harry Bell, president of the MMS Board of Directors.


The Mountaineer Montessori Middle School program will be previewed at 6 p.m. on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3, at the school, with a special presentation by advisor Laurie Ewert-Krocker, the founding head teacher of the Hershey Farm School in Ohio, widely considered the premier Montessori adolescent program in the country.  Ewert-Krocker, a key designer and global consultant for adolescent programs, and David Kahn, executive director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association, comprise the world-class consulting team guiding Mountaineer Montessori’s middle school expansion activities, including site selection, curriculum design and resource development.




About #GivingTuesday:  Last year, more than 2,500 organizations from all 50 states participated in the first #GivingTuesday. The collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helped fuel a marked increase in charitable giving on GivingTuesday. Blackbaud processed over more than $10 million in online donations on Nov. 27, 2012, a 53 percent  increase when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in 2011. DonorPerfect recorded a 46 percent increase in online donations and the average gift increased 25 percent.   For more information, go to