The first floor construction has reached the point that the second floor can begin to rise. We are choosing floor finishes and begin to anticipate the beautiful Upper School spaces under construction. We are ever thankful to all our donors and our school community for their support in this exciting phase of Hershey Montessori School growth!
Major projects are well under way at the Huntsburg campus as part of the capital campaign. Obviously, our Upper School building is rising. But also, the “Bike Barn” has been converted to a beautiful auxiliary classroom and the Guren House has been renovated and expanded to become a 16 student Upper School dormitory.
The campaign will benefit both campuses by providing funding for projects, such as a strategic plan of growth for the Concord Campus’s increasing enrollment, raising additional funds for the endowment to increase sustainability for the whole school and to expand financial aid for students.
We are excited to be constructing a classroom building that is in alignment with our values. Care of the environment is a pillar of Hershey Montessori School’s core philosophy and includes implementing the highest respect possible for nature, the environment and sustainability. These values are reflected in the vision and building goals of the new Upper School classroom building.
Our school is the first in the Midwest being designed and built to Passive House Institute of the United States, PHIUS, strict design principles committed to reducing energy consumption in building practices. This will also create significant savings in operation costs.
We continue to invite you to donate to the Hershey Montessori School Capital Campaign as we move toward our ultimate fundraising goals but we wanted to take a moment to thank all the families and friends as well as the Elliot-Montminy Family for the amazing outpouring of support for this campaign during the Elliot-Montminy Family Challenge Grant time frame. Thanks to you, we raised $40,000 for the Hershey Montessori Capital Campaign!
The campaign benefits both campuses of the school. The campaign’s goal is to cover the costs of construction for the upper school classroom building on the Huntsburg Campus for the new 10th, 11th and 12th grades, provide program and capital improvements for the Concord Campus as well as initiate a study to most effectively respond to increasing enrollment in a long-term, strategic way. The campaign also will raise additional funds for the endowment to increase sustainability for the whole school and to expand financial aid.
This is a historic campaign as once successful, Hershey Montessori School will be the first school in the world to offer a complete continuum of Montessori education that most closely replicates Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision which includes an option of a residential component for adolescents on a working farm.
Please join us for an enjoyable evening to celebrate a historic step for Hershey Montessori School and for the Montessori education system. At this time, spurred by great demand from students, families and educators from all over the world, Hershey Montessori School will add a high school. Upon completion of the capital campaign, Hershey Montessori School will represent one of the world’s first fully-realized Montessori schools to serve a complete continuum for infants through 18 years of age with a land-based residential option.
The campaign to fund this endeavor will support the high quality Montessori programs for infants, toddlers, preschool and elementary aged children at the Concord Campus, and for adolescents at the Huntsburg Campus, provide a seamless response to the developmental continuum of a student’s needs as they grow.
Presently, over 500 schools have modeled their programs from Hershey Montessori School’s program. The information to be garnered from the new high school will also be shared with educators and replicated to benefit children all over the world. This is an accolade not only for the region, but for our educational system in the United States and abroad. The potential gains students will realize from this endeavor is unprecedented.
We hope to see you on May 12th to learn more about this exciting project and to participate in the fun!
The Plain Dealer’s on-line report (see link below) on the growth of Montessori in the region certainly includes much coverage about Hershey Montessori School. We are very grateful that news about Montessori is reaching more people. I would like to correct one misquote to qualify that “Hershey Montessori School is the first school that we know of to serve parents and infants through adolescence with an adolescent land-based residential program.” I wish to recognize that there are a growing number of adolescent programs through the high school level across the nation. One of the unique aspects about Hershey is that we are fortunate to be able to offer a developmental continuum beginning with infancy and a residential option on a working farm for adolescents.
~ Paula Leigh-Doyle, Head of School