Campaign Introduction

The Montessori Schoolhouse Outdoor Classroom Project

Moving Outdoors

by Katelyn Heller

  • $8,000

    Funding Goal
  • $8,734

    Funds Raised
  • 0

    Days to go
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Raised Percent :
100%
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Keene, NH

Katelyn Heller

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Campaign Story

About Us:

The Montessori Schoolhouse, founded in 1989, moved to its current location on Hurricane Road in Keene, NH in 2015. As a Montessori School, we embrace the unique facets of Montessori education that continue to remain relevant in our modern world, including a strong focus on grace, courtesy, peace education, independence, and wonder at the natural world.

Our Project:

Currently the Montessori Schoolhouse’s primary curriculum is indoors. A growing concern in education is counteracting the effect of technology on children. Research demonstrates that time spent outdoors will facilitate this. With that in mind, we aim to provide areas in our outdoor classroom that will inspire our children to enjoy and appreciate nature.

Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the earth.” With your help, this can be achieved.

We endeavor to create an Outdoor Classroom that will ignite our children’s imagination. We seek to transform our outside space into a place that will connect our students to nature while instilling in them an appreciation for art, gardening, and community. By designing thoughtful outdoor spaces, we hope to emphasize social-emotional and physical development, which leads to better attention and focus for academic learning.

Through the community’s support, we will broaden our educational offering in order to appeal to more students and to offer an enriched preschool experience. We will seek to open our space to other schools as a model for what nature based education can offer. Connecting young children to the outside to interact with nature has tangible benefits to growth and development in early childhood. This kind of connection is clearly needed in our technology-focused lives.

 

Rewards

$10

Child Designed Thank You Note

Handmade unique Montessori child's art work on a hand written thank you note, signed by one of the teachers or Board Members.

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$25

Admiral Pen

Elegantly Designed Montessori School Pen, and Child Designed Thank You Note

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$50

Delightful Fridge Decoration

Special Montessori Logo Magnet for your fridge, an Elegantly Designed Montessori School Pen, and Child Designed Thank You Note

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$100

Library Bag

A nicely designed 100% cotton tote designed with the Montessori Schoolhouse logo will help you carry library books, groceries or everyday items, a Special Montessori Logo Magnet for your fridge, an Elegantly Designed Montessori School Pen, and Child Designed Thank You Note

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$250

Naming Rights to a Part of the Outdoor Classroom

We will be able to put up your name or family on a plaque in a specific part of our outdoor classroom. Including picnic tables, planter boxes, the labyrinth, peace garden and orchard.

This will also include a nicely designed 100% cotton tote with the Montessori Schoolhouse Logo to carry books, groceries or everyday items, a Special Montessori Logo Magnet for your fridge, an Elegantly Designed Montessori School Pen, and Child Designed Thank You Note

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$500

Engraved Stone in the Pathway

Put your name on an beautifully engraved stone that will forever be in the new walkway.

This will also include a nicely designed 100% cotton tote with Montessori Schoolhouse Logo to carry books, groceries or everyday items, a Special Montessori Logo Magnet for your fridge, an Elegantly Designed Montessori School Pen, and Child Designed Thank You Note

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  • 03-04-2018

    Our first 48 hours

    In our first 48 hours we have received more than $1900! Thank you for you efforts in getting the word out and your donations! We appreciate all of the backers for our campaign!

    We have seen this campaign spread all the way to Georgia, and we hope that we will continue to see the support of our community grow even further to reach our goal.

    Thank you for your support by donation, and we are really looking forward to seeing us reach our final goal!

  • 10-04-2018

    4/9 Monday Madness Success!

    We did it – wait – YOU DID IT!

    A huge thank you to each of you who donated during Monday Madness – we far surpassed our goal! We received $2025.00 donated by you, and that was matched with the $1000.00 from Wyatt & Associates to give us a total of $3025.00 donated in 24 hours!

    We are now at 76% of our goal – Whahoo!

    I am continued to be amazed by this community. I know that we will hit our goal, and hope that you all will continue to share our mission and goal with others in your community.

    Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    The Staff and Board of Montessori Schoolhouse, and all the children!

  • 17-04-2018

    A Humble Beginning

    The Montessori Schoolhouse of Cheshire County, Inc. was founded in July 1989 by a group of parents who wanted the best possible education for their preschoolers. They wanted their children to learn in a loving, relaxed, and nurturing environment, and they felt the Montessori teaching method was the best choice to achieve that goal. They proceeded to incorporate and register MSHOCC as a 501(c)3 non-profit school and licensed childcare provider with the state of New Hampshire. This dedicated group of parents formed the first Board of Directors.

    We had a quite a large preschool class our second year!

    The work was daunting, but the founding group of parents located industrial space in Westmoreland and completely renovated it for MSHOCC’s first “home.” The school started with one small preschool class and, after relocating to the Keene Unitarian Church on Washington Street in 1991, expanded to include a toddler class. The new location provided a better outdoor playground, convenient downtown location, and additional rooms for school activities and events. Pre and After-care were now offered, and in the summer of 1995, the school added four weeks of 3-day camp for current students.

    Celebrating our 10th Anniversary!

    In 2004 camp was expanded to 8 full weeks and opened up to non-students.

    By 2012 we were experiencing growing pains.

    We needed more classrooms, more outdoor space, more parking… more of everything! The dream was a home of our own, something more befitting of a Montessori school. A place that would provide a “home-like” environment and lots of green space, so the search began!

    We found a beautiful large homestead on 1.74 acres in West Keene, and fell in love. It offered gorgeous well-lit rooms, a large sun porch, and lots of outdoor space with endless possibilities. So in July 2014, exactly 25 years later, we closed on the property at 28 Hurricane Road.

    Over the next year the property underwent remodeling and preparations… rooms were opened up, handicap entrance and parking lots were added, sprinkler and fire system were installed, and parents and staff worked nights and weekends painting, installing fencing, and laboring to get it ready for inspections and the big move. Finally, in May 2015, it was ready and we moved in!

    This May marks our third full year at 28 Hurricane Road. It has been a busy three years, and both enrollment and staff have been steadily growing as we work towards achieving all that we envision for the school.

    The next step in our journey is to make the most of the green space surrounding the school. A huge thank you to each of you who have already donated to make this dream come true!

  • 20-04-2018

    We did it!

    We called on you, and YOU ANSWERED!

    We want to express the deepest gratitude to each of you who donated and has supported this campaign. It is a huge representation of the generosity of this community and we are so grateful for your support.

    We hit our goal of $8000.00 only 19 days in to the month long campaign!

    The campaign will continue on through the end of the month, with April 30 as the last day. And we hope that we will continue to see support.

    This means so much to the children of the Montessori Schoolhouse, and I know that as we begin to purchase the items in our budget they will reap all the nature play benefits of your support.

    We truly can’t do it without such a powerful and generous community of parents, relatives, alumni, and friends.
    We thank each of you from the very tip of our toes to the top of our heads, with full hearts.

    THANK YOU!

    On behalf of the Montessori Schoolhouse Staff and Board, and all the grateful children,
    Christina Klueh
    Board VP

Name Campaign Location Date
Jennifer & Jason Gardner Chesterfield, NH May 01, 2018
Deborah Ganley Keene, NH April 26, 2018
Lisa Putnam Walpole, NH April 25, 2018
, April 22, 2018
Kim Vincent Laramie, WY April 20, 2018
Jamie White Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Diptanil Paul Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Chris Mills Keene, New Hampshire April 19, 2018
Cuilin Sheridan Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Paula Lennerton Winchendon, MA April 19, 2018
Jennifer Risley Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Sara Valego Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Josef Hanlon Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Iselin Family Keene, NH April 19, 2018
Julia Bean Spofford, NH April 18, 2018
Jason Veith Keene, NH April 18, 2018
emily mills Keene, NH April 18, 2018
Emily Goldsmith Keene, NH April 17, 2018
Peter Cashman Shelton, CT April 17, 2018
Sue Greene Lancaster , NH April 16, 2018
Lisa Budzik Swanzey, NH April 12, 2018
Christine Curtis Keene, NH April 11, 2018
Linda Bean Nelson, NH April 10, 2018
Mark Fryberger Chesterfield, NH April 10, 2018
Castine Clerkin Keene, NH April 10, 2018
Michael Klueh Indianapolis, IN April 10, 2018
Jaime McGuigan Marlow, NH April 10, 2018
Matt Vestal Keene, NH April 10, 2018
Nick Glimenakis New York, NY April 09, 2018
Stephanie Connell Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Kate Gomarlo West Swanzey, NH April 09, 2018
Lisa Gray Alstead, NH April 09, 2018
Marisa Bond Washington, DC April 09, 2018
Priyanka Choudhary Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Danielle Rix Royalston , MA April 09, 2018
Maryann Rowell North Salem, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Lisa LeBlanc Sullivan, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Sarah Hudon Hinsdale, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Daniel Rote Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Lysa Wilder The Villages, FL April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Brenna Iselin Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Rebecca Baldini Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Nicole Ebbighausen Hinsdale, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Stacie Hixson Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Brian McDermott Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Carl & Tricia Gildemeister Spofford, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Anonymous Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Lauren Parker Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Mary Connell Danbury, CT April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Melanie Johnstone Fitzwilliam, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Kathy Glimenakis Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Laxmi Velchala Keene, NH April 09, 2018
Julie Webster Natick, MA April 08, 2018
Russ and Judy Florenz Paris, ME April 07, 2018
Irene Friedrichs Swarthmore , PA April 07, 2018
Sandra Gaspardino North Walpole, NH April 07, 2018
Warren Steinberg Keene, NH April 07, 2018
elaine mazgelis melrose, MA April 07, 2018
Anonymous Newport , RI April 06, 2018
Sarah Florenz Medford, MA April 06, 2018
Helaine Iris Spofford, NH April 05, 2018
Allison Wyatt Spofford, NH April 03, 2018
Mark & Alona Florenz Keene, NH April 02, 2018
Kelly Sosa West Chesterfield, NH April 02, 2018
Bond Family Keene, NH April 01, 2018
Victoria Leighton Lilburn, GA April 01, 2018
Emily Mills Keene, NH April 01, 2018
C&S Wholesale Grocers , NH March 16, 2018

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