For All the Right Reasons

“Since Lower Elementary I am the one who has decided.” Gio responds to our asking who made the choice of where he would go to school. His parents chose for him when he was four. Soon, however, the choice became his. “I stay,” he explains, “because I don’t want an industrialized approach to school.” For twelve-year-old Gio, “industrialized” is “sitting at a desk and being quiet.” He goes into more detail. “Here I have independence, creative options, less learning by rote—teachers don’t control what I do. They want me to be the best I can be.”

Being his best as a toddler was “learning to tie my shoes.” He recalls a feeling of accomplishment. Now, it’s about “pursuing my interests—sciences and language arts.” “I could do science projects all day,” Gio wants us to know, and adds that he pays attention as he designs his experiments “so I don’t blow anything up.” * Gio particularly likes “big projects,” which he describes as “exhausting.” The one that came to mind was on a topic he picked himself, studying paper airplanes. “I plotted their flights on a graph and used a little wheel to measure the distance.” With eyes bright, Gio exclaimed, “You’d be surprised at their high performance in an enclosed space (his classroom) without any wind!”

Gio is choosy. He doesn’t like every area of science, so we asked what interests him most. Pointing to the image on his t-shirt, he said softly but with intensity, “Rockets.” A trip to the Kennedy Space Center a few years ago sparked his curiosity, which he says is all about the rocket, “not the payload.” “I don’t want to go into space,” he explains, “I just want to understand the science of getting there.”

In his down time, Gio occasionally plays table football and draws. Subject matter? “Space craft,” and he invited us to see his drawings. As for college, Gio is considering Duke, majoring in engineering and business. The dream job? He’s not sure, but knows he wants “to be my own boss.”

Gio, we know you are here for so many—and all the right—reasons, and we’d work for you any day.

*We checked with Gio’s teacher, and she reassures us that everything is always under control when Gio does the planning.

For All the Right Reasons

Forty-four years ago this year, a small group of parents inspired by progressive educator Maria Montessori, envisioned a school where children lead and are at the center. Motivated by these and all the right reasons, our founders made vision reality, and The Montessori School of Raleigh was born.

Today, parents enroll their children for many and for all the right reasons—a joyful learning environment. A place where independence is fostered. A setting that cultivates grace and courtesy. Children, however, have their own reasons, compelling, exciting, and unique to them.

For 44 years, The Montessori School of Raleigh, the only fully accredited Montessori school in Raleigh and the only independent school in the Triangle designated as a World International Baccalaureate School, has been a leader in education. The Annual Fund sustains the school’s excellence by providing revenue for program costs not funded by tuition. Your gift to the Annual Fund honors our visionary legacy and confirms the enduring value of a school committed to preparing students to be engineers of their own fulfilling lives.

The goal for this year’s Annual Fund is $150,000. Together we can achieve the goal and sustain the legacy that is The Montessori School of Raleigh.

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