MMS puts peace curriculum into action during West Virginia water crisis
The water contamination crisis in West Virginia offered up many lessons for our school family. First among these was community service. On Monday, January 13, MMS students, faculty and volunteer friends put the Montessori peace curriculum into action by reaching out to elderly, disabled and neighbors without transportation to water distribution points. First, we issued a call for donations, which prompted an overwhelming response from the community. We received hundreds of gallons of safe drinking water. Then, working with the WV Council of Churches and Kanawha County Emergency Services to identify vulnerable citizens, volunteers loaded up vans and delivered water throughout the affected area. For many, it was the first water they had received from outside their community since a “do not use” order was issued on Friday, January 10. We also delivered fresh water to the Dunbar Animal Shelter and surrounding homes in our Kanawha City neighborhood. MMS extends a special thank you to Michael Pushkin and the many volunteers who helped us “practice what we preach” at MMS.