MCS' 12th Annual Fun Run Fundraiser
On Thursday, September 27th, MCS students will be participating in our 12th annual Montessori Community School Fun Run! All Early Childhood through Elementary students will run laps for 10 minutes making their way through an inflatable obstacle course and up and down a giant inflatable slide. Students will be wearing wrist bands that will be marked and tallied each time a lap is completed. Our Toddler students will run laps through a mini obstacle course on their own playground.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer via the sign-up board in the lobby. This is our main event encompassing the fundraising for our Service Learning program through our Montessori Education Foundation.
If your student has turned in any pledge money, please stop by the office and your student can write their name on a runner and post it on our road to our goal.
Each year our students have the opportunity to raise pledges for our two Service Learning Projects:
1) The Children of Ethiopia Education Fund (COEEF)
Specifically, the COEEF program will give vital financial support so the six girls our MCS students sponsor can attend school in Ethiopia. The Children of Ethiopia who are living in impoverished circumstances to have a quality, private education through generous sponsors and donors. Without this assistance many of these girls would not have the opportunity to attend any school. We feel that supporting girls in this way will have such a far reaching effect: "To educate a girl is to educate a village (nation)." Stop by the News and Announcements board by the back doors to see the most recent letters and photos from our girls.
Check out this video from Bethlehem Eyob, one of our girls we sponsor: https://youtu.be/mTlrKk-4u2E
2) For more than 20 years our school has been involved in the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.
We originally adopted three grandmothers- Grandmother Roseline Jackson who died two years ago. Grandmother Emma Bahe who died this year, and Grandmother Elvira Horseherder to whom we are still committed. Recently we chose to adopt another grandmother whose name is Grandmother Anita Jackson, a relative of Grandmother Roseline. We are delighted to have this opportunity to become part of the life of Grandmother Anita. We anticipate having regular communication with her as we do with Grandmother Elvira.
The money raised by our students will be used to support our girls in Ethiopia and to provide our adopted Navajo Grandmothers with much-needed items, such as food, firewood, clothing, and gardening tools as well as yarn to weave the beautiful rugs they sell to earn a living.
Service Learning is an important component of our Montessori program. It teaches students about the joy and value of contributing to their community, society, and world. We encourage you to join with us in supporting your child in service learning. You can do this by:
- Helping your child to set a goal to raise a certain amount.
- Helping your child talk to family and friends about the Fun Run. You would be surprised how many friends, neighbors, and grandparents are eager to support such a worthwhile event.
- Attending the event and join with them as they run their laps or cheer them on from the sidelines.
Please make your pledge via YouCaring by going to https://www.gofundme.com/montessori-community-school-fun-run and share this link with family and friends. You may also turn in cash or check made out to Montessori Education Foundation (MEF) to the MCS front office.
Our goal this year is to raise at least $7,000.00 total, with 80% family participation.
We look forward to this exciting Service Learning experience and hope all of our families will participate with enthusiasm.
MCS Parent School Alliance