Six years ago, I was sitting at a restaurant with Ms. Rachel and we were discussing how we could bring something new to Charlotte Montessori School. She asked me, “What is one thing you would want our school to do better with?” My answer, to give back.
I decided to approach our School Director at the time, Ana, about starting a philanthropy that would help our school support the community around us. At the time, our school participated in Loaves and Fishes… but I wanted more. I wanted Charlotte Montessori School to be known for teaching peace to their children and modeling it throughout all of Charlotte.
With the help of some of the teachers, we found a charity a month that our school could team up with. We framed the Charlotte Montessori Gives Back in a way that was themed with the month and was focused on different fundraising and different philanthropies.
These monthly events were the highlight of working at the school, aside from the children of course. I was so proud to be a part of an organization and school community that really cared about their neighbors in Charlotte.
In the past six years, Charlotte Montessori Gives Back has teamed up with:
- T. Reid Pink Hair for Hope
- Loaves and Fishes
- Levine’s Children’s Hospital Pajama Drive
- Urban Ministries Sandwiches for the Homeless
- Valentines to Soldiers
- Valentines to Elderly communities
- Pennies for Peace (Ronald McDonald House)
- Hop-A-Thon (Muscular Dystrophy)
- Trike-A-Thon (St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital)
- Charlotte Humane Society
- Backpack Drive
- School Supplies Drive
- Scholastic Book Drive
As the years have passed, we’ve tweaked and changed some of how we participate in these philanthropies.
This year we plan to partner with T. Reid Pink Hair for Hope, the Scholastic Book Drive, Loaves and Fishes, Valentines for Elderly communities, UNICEF, St. Jude’s Children’s House, Pennies for Peace, and Urban Ministries Sandwiches for the Homeless.
I hope everyone at our school feels just as proud for what good we do and the values we teach our children.
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.”