Magazine article Montessori Life

Grants & Awards

Magazine article Montessori Life

Grants & Awards

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The Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant is an annual award given to Montessorians who have formulated projects that foster 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. In 2016, the AMS Peace Committee awarded 14 grants. A total of $6,450 was divided among the recipients.

Applications for 2017 Peace Seed Awards will be available fall 2016 at www.amshq.org/Awards.

This year's grant recipients are:

NANCYE BLACK AND ANNA CLARKE, LAKELAND MONTESSORI SCHOOLS, LAKE WALES, FL ($500)

Nancye and Anna will build a free, collaborative, online community of Montessori educators, including a website where their students will work with a class of international students to collaborate on set projects.

TERESA CARLTON, DOTHAN MONTESSORI SCHOOL, DOTHAN, AL ($100)

Teresa will use the funds to create a Peace Library at her school.

MA. FE RHODORA ESPINOSAKAHNY, CALIFORNIA MONTESSORI PROJECT, ELK GROVE, CA ($250)

The grant money will pay for Sensorial materials to be used in a Peace material training workshop.

MELANIE GREELY, CHANTILLY MONTESSORI, CHARLOTTE, NC ($150)

Melanie will use the grant to design and implement a peace curriculum at her school, including a Peace Seminar and PeaceX program, and to subsidize professional development around peace.

ZEHAVIT GROSS, SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, BAR-ILAN UNIVERSITY, RAMAT GAN, ISRAEL ($800)

Professor Gross will create a seminar for both Arab and Jewish students that focuses on peace education, tolerance, and conflict resolution.

NANCI GUARTOFIERRO, MOUNTAIN VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MOUNTAIN VIEW, HI ($400)

The grant will go toward purchasing peace materials to implement lessons from Sonnie McFarland's book Honoring the Light of the Child.

ERIN HAYES, SELKIRK MONTESSORI SCHOOL, VICTORIA, BC, CANADA ($950)

Erin's grant will enable a local First Nation author/artist to teach Selkirk's children about peace.

LISA KLUS, MERCY MONTESSORI CENTER, CINCINNATI, OH ($550)

Lisa will use the funding to build raised garden beds at her school, with a plan to share the harvested foods with a local food pantry.

GRETA MCKINNEY, MARTIN LUTHER KING MONTESSORI SCHOOL, FORT WAYNE, IN ($300)

The grant money will fund a "conflict resolution corner," with a peace seat for each classroom. …

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