With Gratitude for Your Generosity in Contributing 65K for Schools in Need

Thanks to your open and giving hearts, all 15 schools that wrote to us requesting financial assistance with brick-and-mortar repairs for storm-related damage will be receiving an award from the Rebuild Your School funds raised through the campaign.

Dear Fellow Montessorians,

November 22, 2017. As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, always a time of joy and bounty for me and my family, I cannot help but reflect on the despair that so many others are still experiencing as a result of the devastation wrought by the late-summer hurricanes. At the same time, I am contemplating your extraordinary generosity in helping us to raise $65,511 for our Rebuild Your School Campaign, which will provide support.

Thanks to your open and giving hearts, all 15 schools that wrote to us requesting financial assistance with brick-and-mortar repairs for storm-related damage will be receiving an award from the funds raised through the campaign.

We launched Rebuild Your School immediately after Hurricane Harvey and then expanded it to include any Montessori school that was damaged by Hurricane Irma or Maria, regardless of whether or not it was an AMS member.

Applications for assistance came from schools in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Maarten—their stories touched my heart.

Our staff and board were affected, too, and we quickly agreed to kick off the campaign with a $10,000 matching grant. (We later added complimentary school memberships for all schools involved in the campaign, bringing our total contribution of funds and in-kind support to just over $26,000.)

Our longtime partner, Heutink USA/Nienhuis USA, also gave a $10K matching grant. The campaign was off to a strong start—and the momentum just kept building. All told, there were more than 120 “hits” to the donate button!

Lest you think the donors were “just” educators, parents, and organizations, that was not the case. For even children responded, including preschoolers who pooled their pennies and older students who held bake sales, crafts sales, and more.

What an extraordinary community we have! You are making the world a better place—and I am honored and privileged to be working alongside you.

Tomorrow, when we sit down to our Thanksgiving dinner, my family and I will be contemplating your generosity, and thinking about those who are struggling—including the Montessori schools to which we’ll be giving assistance. I know that my wife and children will join me in hopes that the repair work goes as swiftly and smoothly as possible,and that despite the travail, those who suffered devastation will find joy and comfort knowing that their wellbeing is important to me—and to you.

With gratitude and thanks,

Tim Purnell Chief Executive Officer AMS

Timothy J. Purnell, EdD

Recipient Schools

  • Academie de Montessori, Jacksonville, FL
  • Century House Montessori School, Tortola, BVI
  • Escuela Adrienne Serrano, Vieques, PR
  • Escuela Jaime C. Rodríguez, Yabucoa, PR
  • Escuela Juana Sánchez, Juncos, PR
  • Escuela Santa Rosa III, Guaynabo, PR
  • Island Montessori Academy, Marco Island, FL
  • Juan Ponce de León Elemental, Guaynabo, PR
  • Juana Colon High School, Comerio, PR
  • Katy Islamic Academy, Houston, TX
  • Kingwood Montessori School, Kingwood, TX
  • Montessori Children's House School, Cole Bay, ST M
  • Montessori House Day School, Tampa, FL
  • St. Maarten Montessori School, Lowlands, ST M
  • Treasure Village Montessori Charter School, Islamorada, FL

Individual Donors

Anonymous (7) Kelly Marshall
Anita Albers Holly McCormick
Jean Avecilla Katherine McDonnell-Manson
Stacey Baird Nicole Mead
Jane Bonus Dale Mogaji
Julie Bragdon Megan Myers
Karen Branum Amanda Neill
Barbara Brittingham Lori Northeim
Neus Carmona Saus Susan Nunnari - In honor of Ruth E. Nunnari
Tamara Carr Eva Parrucci
Sharon Clark Wen Peele
Patricia Clawson Clayton Petry
Marie Conti Phyllis Povell
Kristine Cooper The Purnell Family
Sharon Damore Alice Pylko
Chanhui Dang Kimberly Randall
Sarah Danielski Jerry Richmond
Patricia Davis Ginny Riga
Marie M. Dugan Kathy Roemer
Nancy Dunn Susan Ruiz
Deirdre Fennessy Barb Scholtz
Chandra Fernando Patricia Schulze
Ellen Firestone Sarah Severson
Julie Gabrielse Avisha Sharifi
Nareida Garcia Cynthia Sherry
Lynette Goss - In honor of Fellow Teachers Munir Shivji
Elizabeth Hedger P. Donohue Shortridge
Priscilla Hicks Jennifer Skiffington
Kristina Hunt Susan Sloan
Susan Kambrich Beverly Smith
Abbie Kelly Nancy Smith
Diane Kelly Bobbe Spink
Mitzie Kelly Carol Starmack
Mary Ellen Kordas Slayden Thomas
Marcy Krever Laura Webb
Carla Koshi - In honor of Jackie Cooper Julie Winnette - In memory of Bee Pape
Nancy Lindeman  

Organization Donors

Amherst Montessori School Montessori Center School
Athena Montessori Academy Montessori Child Development Center
Bala House Montessori School Montessori Children's Academy - Miami, FL
Barrie School Montessori Children's Community - Sewickley, PA
Belfair Montessori Magnet School Montessori Community School - Honolulu, HI
California Montessori Project Carmichael Montessori Community School of Salt Lake
Cambridge Montessori School Montessori Day School of Brooklyn
Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School Montessori Education Center of the Rockies
Charles Ellis Montessori Academy The Montessori School - Morrisville, PA
Children's House Montessori School - Rye, NH Montessori School of Franklin
Country Brook Montessori School Montessori School of Huntsville - Hampton Cove
Country Montessori School Montessori School of Pensacola
Countryside Montessori School Montessori School of Westminster
Creative Montessori School Montessori Teacher's Association of Delaware
Discovery Garden Montessori School Montgomery Montessori Institute
Dublin Montessori Academy Mt. Lebanon Montessori School and Academy
Forest Bluff School Nardin Montessori
Green Hedges School New Discoveries Montessori Academy
Growing Light Montessori School Quad City Montessori School
Hawthorne Montessori School Resolute Digital Printing
Heutink USA/Nienhuis USA Reston Montessori School
Hilltop Montessori School Roots and Wings Montessori
International Montessori School Sands Montessori School
Knoxville Montessori School Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy
Laramie Montessori School SpringStone Montessori School
LePort Montessori - Broadlands Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute
Livonia Montessori School Summit-Questa Montessori School
Madison Montessori School Thacher Montessori School
Malta Montessori Tuckahoe Montessori School
Manalapan Montessori Village Montessori Center
The Marsh-Macmaken Family The Village School
Metropolitan Montessori School White Rock Montessori School
Miami Montessori School Woodland Hill Montessori School
Montessori Academy of North Hoffman-Freeman