Messages from Around the World

It is always heartening to receive a message letting telling us know that people are finding out about the project and want to help. Here is a sampling of the inspiring messages received from teachers and parents in schools around the world over the last several months:

photo taken at National Cathedral School
by Margaret Allen

Wellington, New Zealand
, July 22, 2007
Great job and I am looking forward to supporting you through our own Montessori school - Vicki Rowe
(Vicki and Anja Geelan later went on to organize A Walk For Water in Wellington, New Zealand. Students raised over NZ$4500.)

Norwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.
, August 16, 2007
The Elementary Students at our school hosted a fundraiser this summer and have raised over $300 dollars with more coming in. We will be sending our story and our contribution along shortly! Thanks for this opportunity and invaluable work - Jennifer Johnson, Montessori Discovery School

Vancouver, Canada, September 24, 2007:
Hello -- we are a small Montessori school in Vancouver and I would like to know how we can "join" these efforts and how the donation process would work. Thank you - Amanda MacCaskell

Orcas Island, WA, U.S.A., October 9, 2007:
I am FINALLY getting around to participating with my primary class in an Amman-Imman project beginning in late November! We are in the middle of an integrated thematic unit on water, and the project will be our culmination. (Our intermediate class is also looking at water and plans to participate in an Amman-Imman project later in the year.) - Paul Freedman, Salmonberry School

Fredericksburg, Virginia, U.S.A., October 15, 2007:
I want to let you know how wonderful the Montessori website is! The amount of information for schools is amazing! I know many teachers are thankful for this valuable resource. You keep it updated continuously so the information is always there. I myself check the website first before going anywhere else because there is so much included on this site. Thank you so much for all the time you have devoted to maintaining this site!!! - Maureen Keeling, Odyssey Montessori School

Tokyo, Japan,
October 20, 2007
Wow, Debra, you found our (Japanese Amman Imman) website!!! I asked Masumi to help me and she made this website. I asked our school's parents action group (PAG) to discuss about this project because our headmaster has not so much of enthusiasm about joining it, but he told me if PAG wants to help us, maybe we could do it. Last year, it was too late to suggest them because there were another projects going on. But maybe this year, I hope. I am waiting their decision.
It's good to know about what going on in Amman Imman, thank you for keep sending me a lots of information. - Naoko, Montessori School of Japan
(Naoko met Ariane at the Montessori Peace Academy conference in November, 2006 and has been trying to interest her school in the project ever since. The website that Naoko and her daughter Masumi created is at this link: and Thank you, Naoko, for your persistence!)

Chantilly, Virginia, U.S.A.
,November 5, 2007:
We, Montessori middle school students at The Boyd School in Chantilly, VA, would like to coordinate a "walking for water" project at our school in spring 2008. Please tell us how we can best plan for this. We loved hearing Ariane speak in NYC at the GCAP. Thank you for all that you do for our challenged citizens of the world. - Rodney Berthold, The Boyd School

Fort Myers, Florida, U.S.A., November 7, 2007:
I am a psychologist in Fort Myers interested in helping in whatever way that I can. My 2 year-old goes to a participating Montessori School. How can I help? - Amber Perymon, Montessori parent

Upper Marlboro, MD, U.S.A., November 14, 2007:
My class was moved by your presentation at our school, Henson Valley Montessori School that we have decided to raise funds for the Azawak people. We will be putting up a yard sale this Saturday. We would like to help in our own little way. - Janice Opena, Henson Valley Montessori

Gig Harbor, Washington, U.S.A., November 19, 2007 :
We would like to help. Our students are organizing fund raisers to help raise money to send in to your project. Please let us know what we need to do to get signed up. - Jaime Mossman, Harbor Montessori School


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