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Young Montessori Students Learn to 'Make a Difference' in the World

Students at the Montessori International Children’s House in Annapolis will send more than 150 books to children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Students in Muffy Gawell's primary class at (MICH) are just 2 1/2- to 6-years-old, yet they are already learning valuable life lessons by participating in Make a Difference Day.

The concept of helping others, starting at a young age, is a key component of the Montessori curriculum. Gawell's students heard that the Oglala Lakota Indian tribe needed books for the children on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and, according to a release from MICH, declared: “We have books we could share.”

The students invited the whole school to participate and collected more than 150 books to donate, according to MICH. Jean Burgess, MICH administrative director, thanked the students “for sharing their love of reading with others.”

To learn more about the book drive effort, see the Friends of Oglala Lakota website.

Find local volunteer efforts for Make a Difference Day this month by contacting the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County.

Margo King October 22, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Update! Montessori International Children's House final total was over 400 books sent to the Ogala Lakota Indian tribe.

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