I’ve never seen a school like this!

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The mom’s eyes lit up as she toured Mountaineer Montessori School last spring.  She timidly whispered, “These children are excited and joyful about their school work. I’ve never seen a school like this. I never thought my child could have an opportunity like this.”

The mom said she had heard such good things about MMS but she thought she could never afford the tuition. Once she learned that we now offer need-based financial aid, she decided to give it a try anyway. She went through the application process and is now happily part of our MMS family!

Stories like this would not be possible without the financial support of our friends and families. Due to the commitment and vision of our Board of Directors, our financial aid program is in its second year with eleven percent of our families qualifying for tuition assistance. This is one of the many exciting things happening at school.

We have seen yet another positive transition for Mountaineer Montessori. After a nationwide search, our board appointed Dana Gilliland as Head of School. With her extensive background in Montessori education and her passion for providing the best education possible to every student, Dana brings a new energy to our school and will provide strong leadership as we enter an exciting new era in Mountaineer Montessori history.

MMS families, friends, alumni, businesses and partners know what a difference our school makes in our children’s lives and our community. As we close out a successful 2013 and look ahead to an ambitious 2014, we invite you to expand access to the quality education for which MMS is renowned with a year-end tax-deductible contribution.

Maria Montessori believed that the goal of education was to unleash a child’s potential and transform him into a citizen of the world. Won’t you please take advantage of this opportunity to help more children realize their possibilities and sustain the MMS legacy in the year ahead by mailing your check today to: Mountaineer Montessori School, Annual Fund, 308 20th Street, Charleston, WV, 25304. For more information, please call 304/342-7870.