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.

MMS is a 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.

Support from our community enables us to offer a world-class, 21st century education to children in West Virginia and increase access to our school through financial aid.  We invite you to join the growing list of partners and friends who are creating a better future by investing in education at MMS…engage with us!



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:


Spring fundraiser: Paint the Town!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Columbia Gas Building

Each spring, MMS presents a major school fundraiser. The 2017 event, PAINT THE TOWN, will celebrate our colorful tradition of education in living color and honor three special teachers and guest artists who have enriched our students’ educational experience through integrated arts programming for a combined 75 years:


Barrie Kaufman

Nancy Johnston

Charly Hamilton






Please see the Paint the Town event page for details.









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.