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A Montessori thanks

We want to thank all of the organizations that have contributed to the continued growth and expansion of the Montessori program in Carbondale’s public elementary schools.

Without the generous financial support that we have received from the community, our vision for a Montessori option within our public schools would not have become a reality.

We would like to acknowledge the following for their support: KN Energy’s “KN for Kids,” Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, parent donations, and, most recently, a grant from the Aspen Valley Community Foundation that was made possible by the generosity of many individuals.

In 1999, some Carbondale parents, who had been very happy with their children’s experience at the Mt. Sopris Montessori School (preschool), suggested creating a Montessori kindergarten class at the local public elementary school (Crystal River Elementary School).

The RE-1 School District’s board and administrators were willing to give it a try. This classroom was so popular that the following year a first grade class was added.

This was the beginning of the Montessori strand within the public school. For the 2002/03 school year, what began with casual conversations on the playground will have grown to six Montessori classrooms serving students from kindergarten through third grade at Crystal River Elementary School and Carbondale Elementary School.

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The expansion of Montessori education in these RE-1 schools has evolved only because of collaborative efforts. Each of the Montessori classrooms requires purchasing a complete set of Montessori materials. Without these materials the teachers cannot fulfill the requirements of the Montessori curriculum.

We are so thankful to all of the organizations and parents that have responded in such a generous fashion in an effort to help us outfit these classrooms.

It is enormously gratifying to witness the support from the community for our efforts. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you.

Susan Ackerman, Karen Hanisch, Laura Kirk, Nancy LaJoy, Sue Rafelson, Stephanie Sack-Gallup, and Mark Ross

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