Staunton Montessori School provides gifts to Salvation Army Angel Tree Project
Staunton Montessori School continued the holiday tradition of providing gifts to local families through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program again this year. On Monday, students from the schools upper elementary program delivered the gifts on behalf of the whole school to the Waynesboro branch of the Salvation Army.
Each classroom created a special tree to hang in the lobby of the school. The trees were creatively filled with tags that students and parents could select, each containing wish list items for the adopted families. Items included toys, clothes, school supplies, shoes and more. Hanging the trees in the lobby of the school not only adds a festive feel, it also reminds the students each day of the importance of giving back to the community.
Teachers and staff love the lesson of the Angel Tree project. Kelley Flanders, Head of School, says of the program “Each year the children and families get excited to shop and teach their children about giving and helping to make another families Christmas special. This outreach program helps all of us to remember the spirit of this special season in a way that is easily understood by our students.”
Staunton Montessori School Parent, Tamara Funk adds “I love the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program because it helps make the holidays merrier for families in need while giving our children the opportunity to see the holiday season as more than just a time to receive. Participating in this program has helped my son to be thankful and to celebrate the giving spirit of the holidays.”
Staunton Montessori School is located in Fishersville and provides Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (6-12) and in 2016-17 Adolescent (12-15) Montessori education as a unique alternative for the community. Staunton Montessori School offers AMI trained primary and elementary teachers on staff. The elementary teachers also both have their Masters Degrees in Education.