Rising Star Montessori gets involved in community

Among a number of community service initiatives, Rising Star Montessori Academy students donated coats and blankets and sang Christmas carols at Hope Center Memory Care.

Special to Fayette Newspapers

In keeping with the holiday spirit and the meaning behind the Christmas season, Rising Star Montessori Academy helped to spread cheer and fellowship amongst the Fayette community.

To begin, Primary and Jr. Elementary children visited the Hope Center Memory Care. They sang a few Christmas carols to the residents to brighten their moods and then played games like bingo and checkers. It warmed the hearts of the elders and was an enlightening experience for the children.

The staff also had the giving spirit as they hand decorated canvas bags and filled them with goodies like lotions, socks, a decorated mirror ,and a book of devotional sayings to donate to a local woman’s facility to let them know they are forgiven for hard decisions and actions they might be struggling with emotionally, as well as to lift their spirits and give them strength from within to know they are valued.

The students of Rising Star Montessori Academy also collected donations of blanket kits. The kits were of different patterns and sizes that had to be pieced together and fringed at the edges. The Senior Elementary children crafted them during school hours, along with maintaining their curriculum expectations. All together, they made about 30 blankets that were then donated to the police force of Fayetteville to keep in their vehicles to pass along to those in need of warmth during the cold season. The intention was originally for the homeless, but it was also discussed that they could be used for children in a crisis situation to make them feel a bit more secure. It was a great moment for the students to grasp that such a small deed could bring such comfort to so many.

While the Fayetteville Police were on site, the school treated the officers to lunch in an expression of gratitude for their services and sacrifices. In return, the officers allowed the students to explore the vehicles and ask questions about law enforcement.

If that wasn’t enough, the school participated and hosted a coat drive. By the delivery date, Rising Star Montessori Academy had collected around 50-60 coats for all ages and sizes along with several clothing items and a few quilts. As a complete surprise and unbeknownst to them, the school delivered the items to I-58 Mission. The director was most appreciative and excited and could not believe the amount of items donated.

Yes, December was a very busy month for the students, staff, and parents, but as it is taught at the school, good deeds are well worth what is given in return by seeing the gratitude and appreciation of others.

Rising Star Montessori Academy is a private educational facility that follows the teachings of the Montessori Method and Christianity. The school is located at 440 Lanier Avenue in historic Fayetteville.

They will be hosting a Journey and Discovery progressive tour and Open House on February, 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. R.S.M.A. welcomes the public to come tour the facility, meet the staff, and learn how the Academy can change your child’s educational experience and life skills.

For further information or to book your tour reservation, call 770-461-1595 or email risingstarschool@aol.com.

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