Engage With MMS

engage with MMS

to light the way
for education

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

This commitment is manifested by their generous donations of time, talent and treasure.  By sharing their gifts with us, community members and friends sustain our academic and cultural programming and increase access to a Mountaineer Montessori education through our tuition grant program.

MMS is a private, non-profit organization and receives no government funding.  Private support, generated from tuition, financial donations, fundraising events, grants and in-kind contributions, is our sole of income.

We invite you to join the growing list of partners and friends who are creating a better future by investing in education at MMS.   We invite you to ENGAGE with us today.

Help us soar to new heights with an online donation to the 2014 MMS Annual Appeal.


Lighting the way for education

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.”

“Lighting the Way for Education” is our campaign to develop the financial resources that spark and sustain that light for the students of today and tomorrow.   From spaghetti dinners to lemonade stands, annual appeals to glittering galas, we present a variety of entertaining and inspiring avenues to support our educational programs and tuition assistance programs. (For information on upcoming opportunities to support MMS, please see our “What’s New” section of the website.)

IMG_2425sThe campaign includes:




Corporate Partnerships

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MMS 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, joellenzacks@yahoo.com.







In-kind contributions

Your gifts of supplies, materials and other items are always welcome at MMS.  Here are some of the items currently on our “wish list”:


Legacy gifts

sign cropped condensedMaking 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 Co-Director Jennifer Carriger, jcarriger@mountaineermontessori.org or MMS Co-Director Suzanne Sanders at ssanders@mountaineermontessori.org



MMSPO/Volunteer opportunities 

Trout release at the Morris Creek WatershedThe 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 give back and grow through volunteerism.








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.