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Light the Way for Education with Mountaineer Montessori School

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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 scholarship 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.


Lighting the Way for Education Campaign

LightingtheWaylLogoMaria 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.)



New:  Planting the Seeds for the Future:  The Mountaineer Montessori Middle School campaign

MMS Middle Logo_1In response to our strong enrollment and demonstrated interest from our families, MMS will extend its unmatched educational program through the eighth grade in an environment that meets the unique need of adolescent students. “Planting the Seeds for the Future”  lays the groundwork for expanding the school’s curriculum to serve students through eighth grade.  Through this campaign, we will engage business, community and educational leaders in this exciting program to build a new generation of leaders, innovators and thoughtful citizens who will shape the future of West Virginia.  Read more here.



Luminaria Gala








GalaFlier[1]The centerpiece of the MMS “Lighting the Way for Education” is our “Luminaria Gala,” an uplifting all-ages celebration that showcases exemplary efforts by community leaders and MMS students to light the way for education for all children.  This very-Montessori event includes creative cuisine, live music, original presentations by MMS students, an extensive auction and many surprises.  Our inaugural Luminaria Gala, held at the Clay Center, was a great success.  More than 300 attended this special evening, which was supported by dozens of corporate sponsors, auction contributors and individual supporters.






Other MMS Lighting the Way fundraising activities include:


Get your “M” on!

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Spaghetti 007Show your support for quality education and display a piece of art from the renowned Charly Hamilton with Mountaineer Montessori’s exclusive line of “M” gear.   We offer t-shirts in sizes toddler through adult, totes, car decals and other items that feature the distinctive M “mascot” from our incredible school sign, which was created by MMS students and Charly in 2011.  To get YOUR “M” on, call our office at 304/342-7870.




Annual appeal

We invite our friends to support our programs and scholarship assistance program with an 100_1081end-of-year tax-deductible contribution to MMS.  Of course, we gratefully accept your support at any time throughout the year.  For more information, contact Dana Gilliland, Head of School, dgilliland@mountaineermontessori.org


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”:


MMS Playground 040Legacy gifts

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 Dana Gilliland, Head of School, dgilliland@mountaineermontessori.org


Volunteer assistance

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 The MMS educational experience is enriched by community members and friends who volunteer their services in a variety of ways.   Your volunteer service is valued and makes at difference.  To learn more, visit our Volunteer page (coming soon).


 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 purchase a Kroger card for $5 (loaded with $5) and take it with you on your next grocery run.  Load your card at the Customer Service Department (with cash, check or credit card) and then use the card as payment for your purchase. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.  To purchase a Kroger card, contact MMS at 304-342-7870.


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