Global Youth Service Week

April 25th - April 29th

Thank you, Ms. Blair!

Ms. Blair is the service learning coordinator at Island Montessori School. She is the creative genius behind weekly service projects for our middle school students. She also inspires elementary students to follow their interests so they can serve others. This week, Ms. Blair led the inaugural Global Youth Service Week (GYSW) at IMS. A highly deserving recipient, Ms. Blair received the 2022 Changemaker Award from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Read on to learn more about the projects IMS students undertook during GYSW!
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Children's School

Our preschoolers and kindergartens joined the fun! They cleaned and planted in their community garden. Some children also painted rocks for the Women and Children's Hospital. Thank you, Children's School!
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Lower Elementary

Students in the lower elementary raised awareness of sea turtle threats by creating and sharing posters around campus. They also weeded and planted flowers in their outdoor lunch areas. Their outdoor spaces are beautiful and fresh. Thank you, lower elementary!
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Upper Elementary

The upper elementary students participated in a month-long food drive for St. Paul's Church. Also, they held a beach cleanup on Carolina Beach. Additionally, they participated in a Read to Feed Book Exchange which collected $150.00 for Heifer International. A very special project, made possible by a student's accepted grant proposal, was creating two community benches. One bench will be placed at a local bus stop. The other bench will be a relaxing space on our campus. Thank you, upper elementary!
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Middle School

During GYSW, the middle school students read books at the Children's School. They beautified their garden beds with flowers, too. Also, they added extra shade to their outdoor community space. To help our external community, they created community resource bags to distribute to unsheltered people or people experiencing food insecurity. Thank you, middle school!
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Exceptional Children

The exceptional children (EC) teachers found joy in service learning, too! They guided their students in growing a sensory garden. To make this project extra meaningful, the EC teachers and their students visited the Ability Garden on a field trip to the New Hanover County Arboretum. Thank you, EC teachers and students!
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Specials Department

Like all our teachers, the specials teachers at IMS guide activities for service learning. During GYSW, students refurbished a bench on the field. Now it is a beautiful masterpiece! Students also painted permanent structures for an obstacle course on the playground. The campus looks bright and happy. Thank you, specials teachers!
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Serving With Our Hearts And Hands!

Ms. Blair describes service learning as coming from the heart. With compassion and empathy, students and teachers at IMS use their hands to beautify spaces on and off campus. Throughout the school year, service learning incorporates donations for community members. Also, students engage in service projects through structured activities and following their unique interests. Together, we raise awareness and bring passion to action.
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2021-2022: Year of Roots

Each school year, Island Montessori School (IMS) focuses on a school-wide theme. This year, IMS is reflecting upon our roots: our school mission and Montessori practices. You can join us by visiting the school website and reading the head of school's newsletter and instructional coordinator's academic blog.

Island Montessori Charter School

The mission of Island Montessori Charter School is to enable children of diverse backgrounds to learn and grow at their own pace by offering a developmentally appropriate and challenging academic Montessori environment that models grace and courtesy and fosters a peaceful community of lifelong learners.