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Our Eco-Commitment

"The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to feel and live in harmony with the Earth." - Maria Montessori

At The Montessori School of Winston-Salem, we are committed to leaving a positive ecological footprint and empowering our students to do so as well by nurturing their respect for, understanding of, and sense of responsibility to the environment.

In our increasingly urban, technological world, children can often feel isolated from the natural world, and Dr. Montessori believed that a child's connection to his or her environment is critical to that child's well-being. We utilize the natural setting of our campus to integrate everyday experiences with the natural world, from our outdoor classrooms, campus gardens and spaces for creative play to our integrated ecological curriculum.

Seed-To-Table Gardening

Along with our student-led, school-wide recycling, composting and vermiculture programs, our integrated ecological curriculum can be seen as children plant, care for and harvest vegetables year round in our permaculture gardens. Through the use of these campus gardens and integrated gardening experiences, each child's appreciation and understanding of the natural world is nurtured by involving them in the processes of planning and maintaining a sustainable, ecologically-friendly garden.

In 2008, the school completed a master site plan for our 8-acre campus with the collaborative support of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), a research and design assistance program through North Carolina State University dedicated to creating stimulating places for play, learning and environmental education. Each year we continue to realize this plan through the investment of school resources and support from parents, faculty and staff, and leadership from our Outdoor Play & Learning Environments (OPLE) Committee. In addition, The OPLE committee oversees our Seed-to-Table organic gardening and composting program, provides advisory support for faculty and coordinates our annual Fall and Spring Garden/Planting Days.

As we look ahead, we continually renew our commitment to the environment, both in our practices to reduce, reuse and recycle, and in our programs to inspire and empower our children to carry this legacy forward.

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The Montessori School of Winston-Salem

6050 Holder Rd.
Clemmons, NC 27012

Tel: 336-766-5550
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