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Dear Friends of Hershey Montessori School,
Saturday, April 27th, members of Hershey Montessori School’s community gathered for a very special, fun-filled evening in support of Hershey Montessori School. Thank you all who were able to join us!
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo provided an exotic backdrop to our glamorously decorated room filled with many current and former parents, alumni, Montessori colleagues and community friends. It was delightful to see so many new friends and families as well! There were some special guests including a Kookaburra, an armadillo and two very wild giraffes!
In addition to the warmth and friendship shared by our guests, the evening was truly impactful for Hershey Montessori School. Thanks to the generosity of donors through sponsorships, ticket sales, bidding on auction items, the dessert dash and the call to the heart for Financial Aid, our initial figures showed that we raised over $120,000!
The success of the evening would not have been realized without the amazing leadership, creativity and passionate work from our event committee. We are grateful to our dedicated volunteer families.
All proceeds go directly to benefit our students. Hershey purposefully keeps tuition as low as possible to increase access to a wide range of families—”more Montessori for more children” The tuition covers only 75% of our school’s operations. The funds raised at Go Wild for Hershey are critical in continuing to provide optimal environments for our children to thrive. We couldn’t continue to provide and enhance Hershey Montessori School’s unique, successful programs as a model for schools all over the world without the help and support from our devoted families and friends, and for this we are truly thankful!
Anne Marie Kollander
Director of Development
Friday, May 3rd, 2019, Hershey Montessori School welcomed Grandparents and Special Friends. The morning was full of love and was indeed a special day. The visitors trickling into the gymnasium was an amazing visual of the village and people that support each Hershey Montessori School child. Thank you to all the grandparents and special friends who traveled near and far to visit with us. And thank you to all our parent volunteers for the tasty treats and refreshments. It was a joyful morning! You may visit our Facebook page to view additional photos.
Hershey Montessori School is proud to put a spotlight on one of our alumni, Cameron Zona.
Cameron was able to travel with the Mercury Theatre Company to perform in the National Performing Arts Festival on February 21-24. Cameron and his group were judged on national standards by four world class judges. They performed an original 20-minute cabaret, Disney on Broadway, composed of 14 songs from different Broadway musicals like Mary Poppins, Frozen, Aida, and Aladdin.
The group placed first in their division and second overall and were able to perform half of their show on stage at Disney Springs. Cameron received an award for his singing, dancing, and acrobatic skills during “Seize the Day” from Newsies.
While at the Festival, Cameron was also able to participate in master-class workshops run by employees and actors at Disney, including former and current Broadway and National Tour actors and actresses.
- The Bridges of Madison County
Western Reserve Playhouse
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00, Sundays at 2:00
Synopsis: This musical tells the story a love story between a woman and a photographer who has come to town to take pictures of the famed bridges of Madison County, Iowa. Cameron plays the son, Michael.
April 11-May 5
Ohio Shakespeare Festival
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00, Sundays at 2:00
Synopsis: This classic musical recounts the writing and ratification of the Declaration of Independence. Cameron plays The Courier, who closes Act One with a song that reminds the audience just how even when there are arguments happening within congress, the real problem lies on the battlefield.
This is a good one to bring middle/upper school students to, great music and very historically accurate.
- The 10-10 Festival of New Plays
June 21-July 13
Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (River Street Playhouse)
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00, select Sundays at 2:00
Synopsis: Ten original one act plays, each ten minutes long! Cameron will be directing five of them selected from nearly 800 submissions.
- Himalayan Dreams (a Tale of Nepal)
September 14-October 6
Talespinner Children’s Theatre
Fridays at 7:00, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 (Possible 10:00AM school matinees on Fridays)
Synopsis: The story of a Sherpa boy’s humorous coming of age adventure that teaches him about himself, and about his father, a porter.
This is a great show to bring lower/upper elementary students to, entertaining and original play that teaches about another culture and preaches equality between all children.
The website for the 2019 spring fundraiser gala, Go Wild for Hershey!, is live! The event is being held April 27, 2019 at 5:30pm at the beautiful Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Individual tickets can be reserved for $185, but we also encourage you to look at the sponsorship and table host packages!
Be sure to visit this year’s website in order to:
- Reserve your tickets
- View sponsorship and advertising opportunities
- View information on donating items for the live and silent auctions
- View special opportunities like:
- Teacher Basket Donations
- Personal Messages (shout out a student, teacher, or friend of Hershey in the program!)
- Wine Pull Donations
- Dessert Dash Donations
Hershey is grateful for your continued support, and we hope to see you there!
On November 3rd, 2018, more than 230 members of the Hershey Montessori School community and the general public gathered for the inaugural run of the Hershey Cosmic 5k Run and 1 mile Walk at Observatory Park in the Geauga Park District. What a wonderful morning! Yes, it was cool and a bit damp, but spirits and energy were high and the park was just beautiful.
It was exciting to have such an amazing turnout – exceeding our expectations for a first time event by almost 100 participants! A special thank you to the volunteers and committee members who rose to the challenge and organized a smooth packet pick-up, event, award ceremony, food and clean up.
If you participated, we hope you enjoyed the camaraderie, family activities and, of course, the race or walk. Observatory Park is truly a hidden jewel, and many expressed a desire to return and enjoy the ample trails and outdoor exhibits.
While this event brought us together to experience the outdoors, it was also an important fundraiser for Hershey. We are happy to say the inaugural Hershey Cosmic 5k Run and 1 mile Walk brought in over $8,300 to support the mission of Hershey Montessori School and the high quality educational model acclaimed by educational peers worldwide.
This day would not have been possible without all the amazing runners, volunteers, sponsors and supporters who were a part of the event. We are grateful for your support! We would also like to send a special thank you to Steven J. Terrell and Jon E. Lawrence, our Presenting Sponsor, and to C. Fraser Elliott and Lyne Montminy for the $4,000 challenge match in honor of their daughter Sarah Nicole, a Hershey Montessori School alumnus. We are grateful for all of our amazing sponsors and donors who made this race such a success! Congratulations to all the winners!
Finally, this event could not have been the success it was without your support. We thank you deeply for your commitment to our shared goals. Be on the lookout for date and location as the race committee gathers feedback and the excitement begins again!
Please visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the event!
Hershey Montessori School celebrated its 1st Commencement on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. We are proud and delighted to have celebrated the Inaugural Graduating Class of Hershey Montessori School! Recently students were accepted to the following colleges: Allegheny College, Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cuyahoga Community College, Emerson College, Guilford College, Hiram College, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Mercyhurst University, Miami University, Oberlin College, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, and University of Maryland.
Our school profile provides more information about matriculation and acceptances, as well as the academic talent of our students.
We wish our exceptional students the very best and look forward to hearing of their experiences and achievements as they embark on the next stage of their academic or working lives.
“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
On Saturday, April 28th, 2018 members of the Hershey Montessori School community gathered for a wonderful celebration – the “Ruby Gala” fundraiser. What a fabulous evening! The Cleveland Botanical Garden provided a beautiful setting to our sold out crowd. It was heartwarming to see so many current and former parents, Montessori colleagues, alumni, and friends join in support of our students and our school’s mission. It was fun to see so many new friends and families as well! You may view photos via the Hershey Montessori School Facebook Page.
The success of the Ruby Gala would not have been realized without the incredible leadership and generosity of our event committee. Though all volunteers devoted numerous hours to many aspects of the event, we’d like to recognize several leaders on key projects: our event co-chairs: Lea Swanson, Dana Davis and Julie Loxterman, and committee members Alecia May, Elizabeth Budnik, Rachel Strong, Erik Neff, Virginija and Jonas Muliolis. Thank you to all who volunteered – your participation on every level helped to make this event such a phenomenal success!
Aside from the warmth and friendship shared by our guests, the evening was truly impactful for Hershey Montessori School. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, exciting silent and live auctions and many generous donations, initial figures show a record breaking $180,000 was raised, or a net of approximately $130,000 after expenses! Thanks to the generosity of all of our supporters and sponsors, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $110,000! All proceeds go directly to benefit our students. As tuition covers only 75% of our school’s operations, these funds are critical in continuing to provide this the high-quality education for our students and continue to provide a successful education model acclaimed by Montessori peers worldwide.
What a special night celebrating Hershey Montessori School’s community, high quality education, as well as its vibrant future. I am very grateful to serve this incredible school and community. The Ruby Gala was certainly an evening to remember. We succeeded together and I thank you for your role and support.
Anne Marie, Director of Advancement
Marianna Pasaret is a 2012 graduate of the Huntsburg campus of Hershey Montessori School. She is a current resident of Austin Texas and was recently interviewed by ESPEROS in their SoHo stories blog which focused on Lifting Women Up.
Read it here!
Marianna is a multimedia artist, concentrating on a combination of digital and sketch work. She exhibited in London late last year and was Boss Babes’ resident artist last winter. Read her inspiring interview where she discusses what and who empowers her and how she lifts other women up. We at Hershey are very happy for her success both as an artist and an inspiration!
Hershey Montessori School’s 40th Anniversary Ruby Gala!
The 2018 Spring Gala will celebrate 40 years of Hershey Montessori School – Transforming Education!
We will celebrate this ruby anniversary at a Ruby Gala! on May 5, 2018 at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Our Gala this year is presented by Steve Terrell and Jon Lawrence. This is our largest fundraising effort of the year with all proceeds directly benefiting the children and supporting Hershey’s operating budget. This grand endeavor is a live, silent auction, dinner and night of entertainment. Save the date and book your sitter!
Our Ruby Gala website is up and running, highlighting all the ways you can participate! You can find forms, purchase sponsorships, advertising, personal messages, tickets and make donations – right from your armchair! Click to learn more!
Join us in celebrating this historic milestone!
Join us! All are welcome!
Grand Opening Ceremony and
Special Donor Recognition Celebration
Hershey Montessori School Huntsburg Campus
11530 Madison Road
Huntsburg, OH 44046
February 10, 2018
Recognition Ceremony for Donors
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
General Public Open House
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
RSVP to Cindy Guest at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 440-357-0918 by February 8, 2018