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Putting Down Roots

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Raised by 29 people in 4 months
Created October 19, 2017
Since​ ​1984​ ​the​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​has​ ​been​ ​helping​ ​families​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Leelanau​ ​and​ ​Grand Traverse​ ​area​ ​by​ ​offering​ ​a​ ​public​ ​Montessori​ ​education.​ ​Now​ ​we​ ​need​ ​your​ ​help​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​an authentic​ ​public​ ​Montessori​ ​an​ ​option​ ​for​ ​Leelanau​ ​County!

For​ ​more​ ​than​ ​30​ ​years​ ​the​ ​school's​ ​mission​ ​has​ ​stayed​ ​consistent.​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori nurtures​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​child​ ​in​ ​a​ ​prepared​ ​environment​ ​based​ ​on​ ​respect,​ ​individuality,​ ​a​ ​love​ ​of learning,​ ​and​ ​freedom​ ​with​ ​responsibility.​ ​Today​ ​the​ ​staff​ ​continues​ ​their​ ​dedication​ ​to​ ​facilitating Montessori’s​ ​Peace​ ​Education​ ​and​ ​has​ ​more​ ​than​ ​100​ ​combined​ ​years​ ​of​ ​Montessori​ ​teaching experience.​ ​Keeping​ ​an​ ​authentic​ ​Montessori​ ​as​ ​an​ ​educational​ ​option​ ​in​ ​Leelanau​ ​county​ ​is clearly​ ​valued​ ​based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​strong​ ​family​ ​and​ ​greater​ ​community​ ​support​ ​that​ ​the​ ​school​ ​has received​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​years.

The​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​just​ ​secured​ ​an​ ​8-year​ ​charter​ ​with​ ​Bay​ ​Mills​ ​College​ ​and​ ​is​ ​now launching​ ​a​ ​campaign​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​purchase​ ​and​ ​renovate​ ​the​ ​Connie​ ​Binsfeld​ ​Building​ ​in Lake​ ​Leelanau.​  Our overarching​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​$1.1​ ​million​ ​will allow for the complete​ ​purchase​ ​and​ ​renovation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building.​ ​​ ​To​ ​make​ ​this​ ​happen​ ​we​ ​need​ ​everyone’s help.​ ​The​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​is​ ​a​ ​PUBLIC​ ​school​ ​in​ ​every​ ​sense​ ​–​ ​open​ ​to​ ​everyone,​ ​and tuition​ ​free​ ​for​ ​kindergarten-6th​ ​grade.​ ​We​ ​serve​ ​students​ ​from​ ​15​ ​months​ ​to​ ​6th​ ​grade,​ ​and​ ​we plan​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​from​ ​infancy​ ​to​ ​middle​ ​school​ ​in​ ​future​ ​years​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​families​ ​in​ ​our area.​ ​Charter​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​Michigan​ ​receive​ ​no​ ​capital​ ​funding​ ​and​ ​we​ ​cannot​ ​raise​ ​mils​ ​like​ ​school districts​ ​can.

The​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​considers​ ​the​ ​Connie​ ​Binsfeld​ ​building​ ​an​ ​opportune​ ​location​ ​in​ ​the community.​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​is​ ​it​ ​centrally​ ​located​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Leelanau​ ​peninsula,​ ​but​ ​it​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​place​ ​of​ ​honor for​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​who​ ​herself​ ​shares​ ​so​ ​many​ ​beliefs​ ​that​ ​Maria​ ​Montessori​ ​held.​ ​Connie​ ​Binsfeld advocated​ ​on​ ​behalf​ ​of​ ​children’s​ ​rights​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Michigan.​ ​She​ ​stated​ ​"Children are​ ​our​ ​joy,​ ​our​ ​hope,​ ​our​ ​promise,​ ​our​ ​assurance​ ​of​ ​a​ ​better​ ​tomorrow.​ ​Tomorrow,​ ​society​ ​will reflect​ ​how​ ​we​ ​treat​ ​children​ ​today."​ ​Our​ ​new​ ​school​ ​will​ ​carry​ ​on​ ​her​ ​legacy​ ​by​ ​nurturing​ ​children in​ ​purposefully​ ​prepared​ ​Montessori​ ​environments.​ ​The​ ​existing​ ​building​ ​will​ ​be​ ​transformed​ ​into a​ ​green​ ​school​ ​–​ ​updated​ ​and​ ​renovated​ ​with​ ​spaces​ ​for​ ​gardens​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​exploration.

You​ ​can​ ​join​ ​us​ ​by​ ​contributing​ ​services​ ​or​ ​by​ ​making​ ​a​ ​monetary​ ​contribution.​ ​​ ​Those​ ​who​ ​are able​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​in​ ​a​ ​more​ ​substantial​ ​way​ ​have​ ​opportunities​ ​for​ ​naming​ ​rights​ ​of​ ​spaces​ ​on​ ​the campus​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​gardens,​ ​kitchen,​ ​and​ ​library.​ ​​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​needs​ ​your​ ​support! Together​ ​we​ ​can​ ​make​ ​a​ ​difference​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​children​ ​and​ ​families!​ ​​ 

Dr.​ ​Maria​ ​Montessori​ ​was​ ​on​ ​a​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​change​ ​the​ ​face​ ​of​ ​education.​ ​A​ ​century​ ​later​ ​her research​ ​and​ ​philosophy​ ​are​ ​more​ ​relevant​ ​than​ ​ever.​ ​Our​ ​program​ ​sets​ ​forth​ ​physical, socio-emotional,​ ​cognitive/intellectual,​ ​and​ ​creative​ ​goals​ ​for​ ​each​ ​stage​ ​of​ ​the​ ​child’s development.​ ​The​ ​overarching​ ​vision​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​program​ ​is​ ​development​ ​of​ ​a capable​ ​hand​ ​and​ ​mind​ ​for​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​joyful​ ​lifelong​ ​living.​ ​Caring,​ ​capable,​ ​confident,​ ​and conscientious​ ​global​ ​citizens​ ​graduate​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Leelanau​ ​Montessori​ ​learning​ ​community​ ​and challenge​ ​themselves​ ​to​ ​strive​ ​continually​ ​for​ ​growth​ ​within​ ​themselves​ ​and​ ​as​ ​members​ ​of society.
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Raised by 29 people in 4 months
Created October 19, 2017
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