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Richmond Montessori School to celebrate 50th anniversary with gala this weekend

Hundreds of parents and longtime friends of the school will gather for a live and silent auction, the unveiling of the school’s plans for The Center for Education, Exploration and Discovery (CEED), and recognition of community volunteers and long tenured faculty and staff.

Trevor Dickerson

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From Richmond Montessori School:

On May 6th, Richmond Montessori School will hold it’s 50th anniversary gala, Once Upon a Time: The Story of RMS, at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Hundreds of parents and longtime friends of the school will gather for a live and silent auction, the unveiling of the school’s plans for The Center for Education, Exploration and Discovery (CEED), and recognition of community volunteers and long tenured faculty and staff.

In 1966, Richmond Montessori School opened its doors with a modest beginning – a small group of parents looking for an authentic Montessori education. What began in the fan district with only 2 classes and 40 students has grown to 2 campuses on N. Parham Road with nearly 300 students from 40 countries.

The funds raised from the event will be used to implement The Center for Education, Exploration and Discovery (CEED), a project to provide updated and renovated physical spaces and a prepared environment equipped with resources, ergonomically designed furniture, tools and technology, that offer opportunities for all students to discover and express themselves through authentic and creative work, healthy social interactions, and self sufficiency. The Center for Education, Exploration, and Discovery (CEED), was selected in honor of Dr. Maria Montessori’s passion for science and innovation, which greatly influenced her revolutionary approach to education.

Five RMS teachers, whose tenure exceeds 20 years of service, will be recognized:

  • Gary Flake, Montessori Enrichment Teacher: 39 Years
  • Felecia Jefferson, Lead Toddler Teacher: 31 Years
  • Mita Gupta, Lead Primary Teacher: 29 Years
  • Julisa Smith, Lead Primary Teacher: 24 Years
  • Becky Nuckols, Montessori Enrichment Teacher: 21 Years

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