The three Elementary classes at Country Meadows Montessori School in Gurnee, IL are working to help hungry neighbors near and far.
A Spare Change Challenge is being conducted until December 18th. Change is being collected for donation to the Northern Illinois Food Bank whose mission is to lead the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need. Each class earns points when coins are placed in a jar, but loses points for bills. The class which has the most points at the end of the challenge will win the opportunity to toss a pie at a teacher.
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On Sunday, November 24th elementary students will prepare a meal for the Lake County Forest Preserve Giving Dinner to be held at the Greenbelt Cultural Center. The students will plan their menu, shop, prepare, and serve the meal to Lake County's homeless and those struggling to feed their families.
In January, students will hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. The meals will be shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world, including the Philippines which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The students have been volunteering at FMSC since last year as a regular going out community service project.
Country Meadows Montessori School gives students the opportunity to experience and contribute in real terms to their community. The Montessori philosophy states that as children grow, their classroom needs to grow as well. Dr. Montessori believed that no classroom can contain all the answers; therefore the children go out into the community for learning and service projects, building a sense of social purpose and moral responsibility. Country Meadows Montessori School embraces the philosophy of Dr. Maria
Montessori. Country Meadows Montessori School serves children from 12 months to 12 years of age. A Montessori Adolescent program for seventh and eighth grade children is planned to open in Fall 2014.
To contribute to the project, or for more information, contact Country Meadows Montessori School at 847-244-9352 or visit cmmontessori.net.