Engage With MMS

Mountaineer Montessori School is a special community that brings students, teachers, parents, alumni, businesses and friends together to help children fulfill their unique potential, serve our neighbors and create a better world for all people.

Our school is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by tuition, foundation and business partnerships, and personal donations. We receive no government funding.

Community support helps keep our program accessible to the growing number of families seeking access to high-quality alternatives to one-size-fits-all schools. Enrollment has nearly doubled over the past five years and we are currently unable to enroll all applicants due to space and financial constraints.

We invite you to help MMS offer a world-class, 21st century education to children in West Virginia and increase access to our school through financial aid by engaging with us today!


Each spring, MMS presents a major school fundraiser. The 2019 event, SPREADING OUR WINGS to be held Saturday, May 18, at the Charleston Woman’s Club, will celebrate education that elevates. Join us for the most uplifting of the evening of the year. Please see the event page for details. 

Free to Fly!

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The Mountaineer Montessori approach to education fosters learning without limits, offering students the time, space and inspiration to go as far and as high as they can. Since our school’s founding in 1976, we’ve given wings to an estimated 1,000 children, freeing them to discover their passions, fulfill their unique potential and create stronger communities and a promising future.

“Spreading Our Wings,” the Annual Appeal campaign,  provides critical funding for financial aid, teacher training and classroom materials and programs, and helps us continue to grow a world-class education option in our region.

You can learn about the campaign and hear from students, families, teachers and alumni how MMS has lifted them up here.

We invite you to propel possibility….empower the promise… and lift up the future with a tax deductible donation to the MMS “Spreading Our Wings” campaign. With your help, the sky’s the limit!  Give now

How to support us

Maria Montessori believed that the role of education was not to make a child merely learn things, “but to always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” We invite you to invest in our mission and keep the light alive by supporting activities such as:

Corporate Partnerships

cMasquerade Sponsor #5AAF9A4MMS is pleased to offer a wide range of exclusive partnership opportunities for businesses and individuals who invest the future through our “Lighting the Way for Education” campaign.  Your participation in these high profile, quality initiatives will showcase your commitment to West Virginia’s children and provide critical support for our programs and tuition assistance fund.  For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, MMS VP Board of Directors, marketing@mountaineermontessori.org.

Meet our corporate partners and individual donors

In-kind contributions

Our Apple lab and classroom computers were recently upgraded thanks to generous business partners. We gratefully accept in-kind donations of all kinds. Here are some of the items currently on our “wish list”:

Legacy gifts

Plant the seeds for the tomorrow. Making a legacy gift to MMS ensures that your commitment to quality education will be sustained into the future.  Did you know that anyone can create a legacy gift at any point in their life?  It can be as easy as naming MMS on the beneficiary form on a savings, checking or pension account, or through a more complex instrument like a charitable trust. All these gifts represent a powerful and meaningful way for you to create a philanthropic legacy for your community and Mountaineer Montessori.

To discuss an estate gift, or donation of real estate, securities or other properties, please contact MMS Director Jennifer Carriger, 304/342-7870/ jcarriger@mountaineermontessori.org.

MMSPO/Volunteer opportunities 

The MMS educational experience is enriched by community members and friends who volunteer their time and talents in a variety of ways.  Your volunteer service is valued and makes a real difference. Please see our Community of Learners page to learn more about our parent organization (MMSPO) and other volunteer opportunities at MMS.

Community engagement

MMS practices the Montessori philosophy through community service and public outreach activities. Please see our Community Engagement page to learn more about the many ways our students and families give back and grow through volunteerism.

Shopping partners

Amazon Smile


Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select “Montessori, etc.” as your designated charity–a portion of every purchase will be donated to MMS.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is one of the nation’s largest school fundraising loyalty programs.  So far, America’s schools have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops program.  With more than 240 participating products, it’s an easy way to help MMS earn cash for things it needs.

There are three ways you can help:

  1. Clip Box Tops from participating products
  2. Earn eBoxTops when you shop online at 300 retailers including Land’s End, Walmart, Toys R Us and Staples
  3. Earn bonuses for MMS through coupons, sweepstakes and special offers.

Kroger Cards

Kroger will donate up to 5 percent of your grocery purchases to MMS through its Kroger Community Rewards program.  Simply sign up at Kroger Community Rewards and select “Mountaineer Montessori School” as your beneficiary.

Engage with MMS!