Dublin Montessori Academy has always been involved in community efforts. We like to have the children participate in projects in which they truly become involved. Whether it be collecting canned goods for St. Stephens Community House, donating warm winter coats and jackets for distribution or raising funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and or the American Heart Association; the children and the families are so very generous with their giving.
This year, the school is getting more involved and stretching "our wings" just a bit. We have established a relationship with the Assisted Living Community of Abbington located right down the road from our school.
The children have made buckeye necklaces, bracelets and colored pictures to help the residents cheer on the OSU football team. We had a meet and greet session with the children visiting, sharing their stories and the residents enjoying listening to each and every one. Other visits and activities are planned throughout the year.
In collaboration with Columbus School for Girls, and once again the generosity of our families; we were able to collect and donate 150 Halloween costumes for the children at the Homeless Families Foundation.
Also, keeping with the tradition, the children will be bringing in their "spare change" to help with our support of the Ride Strong Program to collect money for the Live Strong Program. This program raises money for people who are in cancer remission and are trying to find their new "normal" in physical fitness. It gives those recovering from cancer the opportunity, at no expense, to work out with other survivors at the YMCA. This cause is near and dear to our hearts.
In November, we will once again collect canned food goods for St. Stephens Community House for their Christmas Care Program.
In conclusion to our first year of community conscience and commitment, we made a final trip to Abbington Village with fifteen kindergarteners bearing gifts of hand painted flower pots with potted petunias. After talking with the residents, hearing their life stories and the children sharing their own stories then sharing a snack together; the children paraded to each room and distributed their flowers. It was heartwarming for all. A lesson in how much better it is to give than receive.
Then, our first American Red Cross blood drive was on May 11th. What a success! Twenty-two wonderful people donated…helping sixty-six lives.
We plan on keeping our community commitments going forward in future years. What a rewarding experience for our children, staff and families.
Thank you Lori Carroll!
We feel so fortunate to have such wonderful families who support our adventures. We look forward to having the opportunity of serving the community and having our children learn that even the smallest act of kindness and giving can make a big, big difference!
Check back again to see more involvement with our community.
2/1/2021 06:26:44 am
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