UPDATE: To date, our capital campaign has raised $641,318.00 that has been inserted into the project! We are just $8,000 away from fully funding our kitchen.
Hilltop Montessori School’s third and final expansion will enhance our campus so that our LEED rated green school will be complete, offering all the amenities necessary to address the whole child: academically, socially and emotionally. This expansion is vital to our mission and our vision for the future-to be the premier Montessori school in the South graduating students that are prepared for the 21st century.
At this time, the school would like to publicly recognize all of our donors that have supported the project to date, although please realize this is not a comprehensive list as HMS has many donors who support the expansion anonymously.
Mamma Rainbow’s Deep Roots Gardening Nutrition Program, courtesy of the Dunbar family-Hilltop Montessori School students will continue to participate in gardening organic and fresh vegetables outside of each classroom, and the harvested produce will be integrated into the student’s practical life experiences, food preparation and nutritious snacks. Through this outdoor learning experience, the children will be exposed to the benefits of botany, the seed-to-plate relationship and the uniqueness of being able to prepare and eat what they grow. Good nutrition is emphasized, and the students will continue to regularly dine on Swiss chard, tomatoes, okra and other foods from their outdoor classrooms areas. The addition of the teaching kitchen (still available for naming opportunities) will make this program even more successful. Hilltop’s program is listed as part of Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard Project under it’s new name at: http://edibleschoolyard.org/program/mamma-rainbows-deep-roots-gardening-program-courtesy-dunbar-family.
The Richard Grandey Teaching Kitchen-Modeled after Alice Waters’ Edible School Yard Teaching Kitchen, the Richard Grandey Teaching Kitchen will be a multi-use space for the community of Mt Laurel and Hilltop Montessori School. Serving all natural and locally grown food, the students will have the option of a fresh, nutritious (but still kid-friendly) lunch prepared on site. After hours, the kitchen will be able to accommodate events in the space for those in the Mt Laurel community who need the facility. The teaching kitchen will be large enough to accommodate students in small groups who will have hands-on activities, integrating science and math to food preparation in keeping with the Montessori model.