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Montgomery Montessori Institute Green Initiatives

Montgomery Montessori Institute (MMI) shares its campus with The Franklin Schools comprised of Franklin Montessori School and Franklin Country Day Montessori School. Since the property's indoor and outdoor spaces benefit all programs, we work together as a community toward environmental literacy and green initiative efforts. This year, The Franklin Schools "branched-out" with the launch of their "Tree-mendous Project!" With guidance from their teachers, the children ages two through six leafed through books and magazines to select trees appropriate for the climate and topography of MMI's and Franklin's outdoor domain.

Our junior arborists, with donations from their families, are making possible the addition of thirteen new "family trees" to our campus. The teachers have had many discussions and tree-related activities with the children noting how trees help the environment and how they can hold special meaning in our lives.

We have shared the following poem by Naturalist, Karen I. Shragg with our Franklin families:

Think Like a Tree

Soak up the sun

Affirm life's magic

Be graceful in the wind

Stand tall after a storm

Feel refreshed after it rains

Grow strong without notice

Be prepared for each season

Provide shelter to strangers

Hang tough through a cold spell

Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring

Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky

Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling.

We are also proud to have our campus be designated by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Attached are two photos from our fall tree planting. We anticipate planting additional trees on Arbor Day, Friday, April 24, 2009.

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