MMS to reunite, end year with peace parade


WHAT: Peace Parade and End of School Celebration

WHEN: Friday, June 5, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Mountaineer Montessori School, 308 20th Street, SE, Charleston

Mountaineer Montessori School will end its school year tomorrow, Friday, June 5, with a drive through peace parade. The parade will proceed down 20th Street in front the school’s main building.

The event will be the first time students and teachers will see each other in person since mandated school closures in March. Teachers are planning surprises for students to end the year on an uplifting note. 

In response to nationwide unrest, the event will also be a visible demonstration of the Montessori peace philosophy and the school’s commitment to respect, justice and safety for all peopleFamilies have been encouraged to make signs and decorate their cars with messages and signs of love, kindness and unity for the community as a whole.

“As we wind down a momentous year with much-deserved celebrations, we must also look around and understand that we are part of a larger world,” said MMS Director Jennifer Carriger. See statement of Montessori and racial justice.

As Maria Montessori explained, “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.

“At MMS, we are connected to each other, to our community and to our fellow men and women everywhere,” Carriger said. “Our school is built upon a deep respect for the individual dignity of every person and an understanding that our connections as humans are indivisible.”

“As Montessorians, we help create a better world through the child. We can’t think of a better way to end the school year than with this uplifting lesson in unity. Our parade is intended to put Montessori peace philosophy into action and demonstrate our commitment to justice, respect and safety for our community and all people everywhere.”

Founded in 1976, Mountaineer Montessori is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school serving children ages 3-14 at campuses in Kanawha City and South Hills.


NOTE: Media covering this event are required to follow social distancing guidelines. Camera crews are requested to position themselves on the south side of 20th Street or on Frontage Road to ensure safety. MMS representatives will be available for on or off camera interviews  For details, contact JoEllen Zacks, 312/622-3008 (cell-text), or MMS Director Jennifer Carriger,