Magazine article Montessori Life

Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant

Magazine article Montessori Life

Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant

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The Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant is an annual award given to a Montessorian who has formulated a project that fosters education for peace. This grant was created by the American Montessori Society Peace Committee to honor the memory of Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to fulfilling Maria Montessori's vision for peace through children opened doors to many Montessori educators, inspiring them to include peace education in their classrooms and communities.

Members of the grant selection committee are Judi Bauerlein and Lesley Nan Haberman. Lesley Nan Haberman and The Family Schools generously underwrote the money for the grant. This year's recipient (and winner of a $2200 award) is Itala Zabala of the Fundación SKAS-Despertar Centro Educativo, a not-for-profit Montessori school in Tumbaco, Quito, Ecuador.

Itala's project, which she calls "A True Awakening," involves working to develop small business opportunities (including the purchase of machinery and tools) for students of the Niños de la Tierra (Erdkinder) and Technical Workshop programs of SKAS-Despertar Centro Educativo. Currently, SKAS students are practicing skills in such areas as bread making, cooking, and carpentry. …

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