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Montessori Education Foundation Funds and Gifts

Thanks to your generosity during our Fun Run Drive this past Fall to our non-profit Montessori Education Foundation (MEF). We were able to send or order the following items to our sponsored Navajo Grandmothers this week through the Adopt-a-Native Elder Program.


Mothers Day Box-
Spring Delivery only and delivered during the Spring food run. This gift box fills a need to provide personal care items that are not contained in any other gift option. It contains Cottenelle wipes, Kleenex, a wash cloth, bath towel, vent brush, bobby pins, Vaseline, shampoo, sanitizer, emery boards, and a bandana.
Grandmother Box –
This box contains 3 yards of Panne fabric and 4 yards of cotton fabric for making a skirt and blouse. Also included are safety pins, socks, scarf, thread, yarn, and a hygiene kit. The price of this item includes a credit card charge.
Food Certificates that can be used at all Bashas grocery stores located throughout the reservation. The certificates can only be used to purchase food and off-the-shelf medical items. They cannot be used for alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets. They are available in $25 increments. A credit card processing fee is included.


Yarn to weave rugs that she can sell at the Deer Valley Rug Show- Weaving allows many Elders, usually women, to sustain themselves in their traditional way. A yarn bundle supplies enough yarn for an Elder to make a 3’x5′ rug. Orders for yarn bundles will be sent out to the Elders as they are received unless it is close to a food run in which case the order will be delivered then.



3 orders of firewood (in this case that payment will actually go towards electricity bills at her daughter’s home where she is now living. When we spent time with her at the Rug Show she mentioned that she gets very cold and had to turn the heat up high and that adds a considerable cost to her daughter’s heating bill.


Food Box to be delivered at the Spring Food Run -Elders at the Dilkon, Leupp, Birdsprings, and Pinon food runs have indicated a preference to receive a Bashas food certificate rather than a set of food boxes of comparable value. These Elders live in areas where shopping at Bashas is relatively convenient, and with the certificate they can make their own choices of food items. If you’re not sure which food run area your Elder attends, we will make sure that the appropriate choice of boxes or certificate gets to them.
A $250 gift card from Walmart
The total cost for these items was approximately $1800 and this allows us to send additional yard, food certificates and a Rainbow Box in the Spring.
Our grandmothers will be grateful to receive these gifts and especially during the Holiday Season.
Thank you again.
Robyn, Britney and Ashlee


Holiday Giving Gives Back

This year, MCS sponsored three families through The Neighborhood House, a local charity. We started with three small trees filled with ornaments, each depicting a special wish list items. Over the last couple of weeks we have watched our students and families become excited, tearful, and deeply involved with this project.


We were overwhelmed with the response. Within the first week, all the ornaments were taken and we were being asked, “What else can we bring in? What else can we do?”. We then contacted The Neighborhood House and got another list of items they are constantly in need of. We made more ornaments, and within two more days, those ornaments were taken and wishes were fulfilled.


Today, our 3rd Year Lower Elementary students were able to deliver the gifts to The Neighborhood House. They were so excited to unload the gifts and bring them into the building. They watched as children gathered at doorways and windows smiling with glee just seeing the many beautiful gifts being brought in.

During the drive to the charity, the students carried on a heartfelt conversation about the gifts, and how they are going to families that really need the items and families that don’t have hardly anything. It was touching to see their connection to this event, their understanding, and compassion. We are so blessed here in our community at this school. We are feeling so grateful and our hearts are full in wonderment at our MCS families and their brilliant children.


Thank you to our wonderful PSA in coordinating, and communicating with The Neighborhood House to be able to become involved in such a beautiful program. We hope this grace continues on with everyone this season and into the new year.

MCS’ Holiday Giving Project Through The Neighborhood House

MCS is sponsoring 3 families through The Neighborhood House. The first two families are single moms who have fallen on some hard times and the third family is a family whose mother has terminal cancer and they expect this to be their last holiday season together. We have three trees set up in the MCS Lobby. Each tree is adorned with ornaments. On the back of the ornaments is a family, family member, and their wished for gift.



We have broken up the families to: Family A, Family B, and Family C. On the table next to the trees are complete lists. Please fill out what ornaments you drew on these lists so we can more easily track what is being donated. We encourage you to involve your students in this process. All donated items must be to MCS no later than Thursday, December 10th.

The Neighborhood House has been helping and supporting children and families in our community since 1894. It was founded with the goal of serving underprivileged children, to raise the standard of living, and to provide food and clothing when necessary. Neighborhood House exemplifies the ideals of an early settlement house. They have a strong history of bringing individuals, families and community together. From the very beginning, they have embraced their neighbors, celebrated Utah’s many cultures, and connected families to cultural and community resources in our community. Throughout their rich history, one thing has always remained constant: providing quality care for low-income families based on their ability to pay. More information can be found here: