The following is a press release:
Students at the Christopher Academy Montessori School campuses in Westfield and Scotch Plains were busy at work with their community project this past week.
The school community has been busy collecting books for K.I.D.S (Kids in Distressed Situations) and the new book collection will go to a new Head Start program in New York.
The children throughout the school have been learning about giving back to the community and every child wrote a letter or made drawing to follow each new book to its destination at the Head Start.
“In our Montessori classrooms we create a feeling of community with respect for each and every person, and this community created by the children goes beyond the boundaries of the classroom to the community they live in”, says Denise Rosenthal, Christopher Academy Campus Director in Scotch Plains. “With respect and caring for each and every thing around them, the children emerge as responsible citizens eager to work for the good of the community as a whole. The community project, initiated by our Parent Association, has enabled the children at the school to reach other children, outside the school, by providing them with new books."
150 Christopher Academy students and their parents participated in this project, all coordinated by the Christopher Academy parent Association and their volunteers, and with their combined effort there are 200 new books for children in at the Head Start project.
Scotch Plains resident Rachel Lassman is one of the Christopher Academy parents who volunteered and helped make this project a success. “It has been a joy to work with teachers and other parents in the Christopher Academy community to help our children learn to care for others by reaching out to other children in this very real, yet simple, kid-friendly way.”