As students at the Montessori School of Lake Forest head back to classes, they are also helping to ensure that homeless children in communities close to them feel a little more prepared and confident as they too head back to school. Through a partnership with the Fill a Heart 4 Kids organization, children raised $276, and packaged over 200 kits through their MSLF Summer Service Week activities, Farmers Market sales and lemonade stands.
On Thursday September 6th, the children proudly presented a check to Annie McAveeney, founder and Executive Director of the Fill a Heart 4 Kids organization, in support of their Project Smart and Survival Backpacks initiatives. See www.fillaheart4kids.org to see how you can help.
Earlier this summer, MSLF and Fill a Heart 4 Kids joined forces to march in the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade. The #Lemonade4BrighterFutures float encouraged children to host lemonade stands to benefit Fill a Heart 4 Kids. MSLF students did just that, and inspired others to do the same! The parade entry won 3rd Place in the Community category, and 1,000 How-To Host Your Own Lemonade Stand cups were distributed to kids! This was repeated in the Lake Forest Days Parade, winning Most Original, and more importantly, driving greater awareness and support for kids in need.
As MSLF students presented their donation this week, teachers and volunteers sat down to collaborate on an ongoing partnership strategy. The goal, to bring families together on a regular basis to volunteer and support Fill A Heart 4 Kids and other community organizations. “Service work is a core principle here at MSLF”, said Ann Jordahl, Executive Director. “The new ‘Volunteer Corp’ has been in the works since the school proudly celebrated 50 years through the 50 Acts of Kindness initiative, so we are very proud to formally launch it.”
Stay tuned for some remarkable volunteer opportunities for every age.
As one of the premier Montessori schools in the nation and with a long-standing history of over 50 years in the Lake Forest community, the Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) offers exceptional learning programs for children ages birth to 12 years, preschool through elementary grade 6. Program options range from half-day to full-day and year-round academic offerings. The school is home to a diverse student body, encompassing eight countries and more than 30 communities in the Chicagoland area.
Contact: Hope Allegretti, Admissions & Marketing Director 847-918-1000