Environment and community conjoin at The Montessori School

The Montessori School on Whipple Road recently held its annual fall clean-up, a tradition when the families of the school join together to prepare the grounds for winter and organize a number of projects to improve the play areas, gardens, and woods surrounding the school.

Outdoor education and environmentalism are parts of the Montessori curriculum and help to foster compassionate global citizens in accordance with the mission statement.

The school is taking a green leadership role. In 2010 it installed 48 solar panels  that generate over 10,000 kilowatt hours every year. This past year, the school replaced every light bulb with LEDs in an effort to reduce energy consumption. The students, from preschool through sixth grade, are responsible for the composting program, the on-site garden beds, and the bee hive that produced more than 25 pounds of honey this past season.

A highlight this year was the addition of more than  a dozen new bricks to the labyrinth dedicated to current and former students. The Montessori school welcomes neighbors and friends to enjoy the labyrinth, and its play areas over the weekend and when school is not in session.