Montessori Peace Philosophy and Community Engagement
“The child is both the hope and a promise for mankind.” Maria Montessori
Maria Montessori believed in the power of education to create a better world through the child. The Montessori curriculum helps children develop respect for themselves and others, their school environment, their community and their world. At MMS, the Montessori peace philosophy is practiced in the classroom through grace and courtesy and in the larger world through community engagement and volunteer service.
Over the past four decades, MMS has nurtured an estimated 1,000 global citizens who are making a real difference in their community. Recent student service activities include:
- Participating as a Bronze Sponsor of the inaugural YWCA Race to End Racism.
- Promoting kindness and inclusion with a Buddy Bench
- Ongoing food drives for Manna Meal and other charitable organizations
- Decade-long recycling program and recycled art projects.
- Participating in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March to the Capitol
- Building a “little free library” for our middle school neighbors in South Hills
- Supporting the Childhood Language Center through the Mac ‘n Cheese Cookoff
- Community garden work
- Piedmont Elementary School reading buddies program
- Water drive for disabled and elderly neighbors during the water crisis
- Making dog treats and pet food drives for the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association
- Ten Thousand Villages sale
- Make-and-take art activities at FestivALL
- Clearing trails and marking boundaries at the Kanawha State Forest
- Supporting environmental stewardship through the Trout in the Classroom initiative
Giving and growing through community service at MMS