Montessori Country School Celebrates Earth Day with Community Festival
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA (April 21, 2018) – Montessori Country School, founded in 1972, believes that children should have a deep relationship with nature. The school recently completed an expansion that places all of the school’s 140 students on one campus. “Our design prioritized the natural spaces of our campus, and our classrooms allow for abundant natural light and views of our wooded setting,” says Head of School Meghan Skotheim. On April 21, MCS will host its first annual Islander Earth Day Festival. “We are thrilled to finally be able to open our campus to the community in celebration of the earth and our role as stewards of her care,” says Skotheim.
The Festival will feature a number of activities for families, from a toy and book swap to a nature-craft area to a bike tune-up station. “We’ve been brainstorming for years for a way to add value to the community with an event that ties in with our beliefs,” says Montessori Country School administrator Hilary Benson. “We’ve always organized Earth Day events for our families, from garden work parties to community cleanups, and every year we plan an Earth Day celebration during the school day for our students with nature crafts, a woods walk, and planting seeds. Now that our beautiful campus is complete, we decided that hosting an event open to the entire community is a perfect fit.”
The Festival will run from 11:00 – 3:00. In addition to the activities, the school’s Upper Elementary students will host a coffee bar featuring Grounds for Change Coffee and the school will sell a variety of spring plant starts. Food will be available from the Kurdish Kitchen food truck and local artists, Anya Flanagan and Larry Dewey, will each entertain with an hour of music. Teacher Anne Wilhoit will provide a story hour for kids.
Montessori Country School is located at 10994 Arrow Pt. Drive. For festival details, including a schedule of events, please visit www.montessoricountryschool.org.