‘Hand in Hand’ annual appeal steps off on #GivingTuesday

Hand in Hand Eliza and Anna. jpgThere’s a day for giving thanks. Two for getting deals. Now there is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

As part of this worldwide celebration of thanks and giving, Mountaineer Montessori School (MMS) will launch its “Hand in Hand: Moving Forward Together” annual fund campaign. The fundraiser gets underway today, when coin banks will be distributed to all MMS students, who are being encouraged to fill them over the Thanksgiving holiday and bring them back to to school on #GivingTuesday, December 1.

The “Hand in Hand” campaign will expand over the week through social media, news coverage, collaborations and personal invitations to engage the entire community in helping MMS meet the demand for high-quality educational options and serve families of all economic levels.

Annual Appeal 2015 017Last year’s MMS Giving Tuesday/Annual Appeal enabled Mountaineer Montessori to increase financial aid by 31 percent, expanding access to its programs for the growing number of area families seeking a superior alternative to one-size-fits-all education.

The campaign will also help MMS meet the demand for high quality early education in Charleston. There were many more applicants as slots available for three-year-olds entering the school in the fall of 2015, and MMS is actively pursuing the possibility of adding a third primary classroom (ages 3-6) next year.

“Hand in Hand: Moving Forward Together” also provides critical funding for teacher training. Authentic, on-campus Montessori training is highly specialized, costly and only available out of state.

Hand in hand Ben and EileyThe “Hand in Hand” campaign will showcase MMS students, parents, teachers and alumni, who will share their moving personal stories and the powerful impact that their Montessori experience has made on them and their families.

Contributions may be made online through the school website or can be mailed to: MMS, 308 20th Street SE, Charleston, WV, 25304.

About Mountaineer Montessori School: MMS is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering a rich, child-centered academic and arts curriculum in an authentic Montessori environment to 125 children ages 3-14 at campuses in Kanawha City and South Hills. MMS nurtures each child to develop to his fullest potential – academically, socially, emotionally and physically. A recognized child development authority and academic innovator, MMS has been lighting the way for education since 1976, and is the oldest, largest and most established Montessori school in West Virginia. For more information, go to: www.MountaineerMontessori.org or call 304/342-7870

Giving_Tuesday_LogoAbout #GivingTuesday: An estimated 30,000 organizations from all 50 states and 68 countries are expected to participate in #GivingTuesday. For more information, go to www.GivingTuesday.org