One of the most important, vital things in our everyday lives and something that is crucial to the development of the world is education. Our children’s education means so much to us, giving us the comfort of knowing that they can grow to be whatever they want to be. As parents value this education so much, often times they take an active hand in their kids learning. Thus, out of this inspiration and idea, the Hillside Montessori School was born, launching in 2012. This past Thursday night, March 1st, they held “Wanderlust ‘18”, an event to benefit the growth of the school by announcing their plans to construct a new school building near the Great Wolf Lodge.
At the dinner and silent auction this past Thursday night, Bethany Headrick, the director of the school, announced these plans to those in attendance. The project will cost around $4 million in total, with a donation of $1.5 million already donated by the Callaway Foundation. That brings the group’s total number of funds currently raised to about $2.7 million, well over the halfway mark of the project. With the group working on the rest of the fundraising, the current plan is to schedule the ground breaking on the new school later this year.
Headrick commented on the new school saying that “from the beginning, we have planned to build a permanent home. We are grateful for all of the homes that we have had and now we are looking for a more structured design. We are excited to design a campus that will complement our curriculum [and] to expand to allow more students to experience an authentic Montessori education.” The construction near the 85 corridor will also allow the potential for students from other areas to attend the school as well. The school will be designed with both indoor and outdoor work areas, big windows for natural light, kitchens, and other various amenities.
Hillside Montessori serves students three to eight years old, offering primary, elementary, and adolescent programs. They are currently housed in the former Unity Elementary School building. When the school started classes in 2012, they did so with 12 students and have now expanded to nearly 60 kids. The school has experienced growth in so many areas and the addition of this new campus will further the educational standards that the program is already providing.
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