Hammond Westside Montessori Reaches Out to Sandy Hook
The children at Hammond Westside Montessori School reached out to the children of Sandy Hook School by creating beautiful snowflakes to help create a Winter Wonderland in their new schools in January. The Parent/Teacher/Student Association at Sandy Hook School asked PTAs across the country to join them in welcoming the children of Sandy Hook into other schools in their district by making one of a kind snowflakes. The one of a kind snowflakes made at Hammond Westside Montessori represent the beautiful one of a kind children who lost their lives in the tragedy, as well as the one of a kind children who survived. The art teacher at HWMS, Wendy Castle, was instrumental in inspiring the children to participate in the project. The snowflakes were mailed to the PTSA in Connecticut. Reaching out to others in need is part of the Montessori philosophy. Pictured from left to right: Monique Bergeron (financial secretary), Kylie Lutz, and Grayson Lutz.
The Hammond Regional Arts Center awarded a $500 grant to Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School in Hammond. In 2013, the Maya Levy Arts Education grant money will help fund the purchase of consumable art supplies for all Woodland Park students to utilize during their art lessons under the instruction of Visual Arts Teacher Jennifer Disher.
D.C.Reeves students raised $627.50 for the Apotheca Food Bank in Tangipahoa Parish. Students bought votes for their favorite teacher to be crowned Mrs. Winter Wonderland. Mrs.Lisa O'Donnell received the most votes in 3rd grade and Mrs. Melissa Hebert in 4th grade. All of the proceeds go to the Food Bank and will help those less fortunate during the holiday season.
Councilman Mike Williams greeted the children at Hammond Westside Montessori as they entered the building for a great day at school! HWMS has put into practice a welcoming program that involves people from the community welcoming the students on Wednesday mornings. This time to meet and greet adds value to the children and builds a sense of unity between the school and the community. The students were honored to meet Hammond City Councilman, Mike Williams. Pictured are Williams, Javae Gilmore, Trey Schillace, and Amani Gilmore.