By Chaning Green, News Writer
Magnolia Montessori School will be hosting its first School Dance for Grown-ups fundraiser this Saturday from 7-9 p.m. at the Powerhouse.<>
The school has hosted a silent auction as it’s fund raiser nearly every since its opening. This year, Director Stacey Sanford decided to go with the school dance theme to shake things up a bit. Sanford said they had a lot to celebrate this year and therefore the school’s leadership wanted the fundraiser to have a bit more of a celebratory feel this year.
“We’re planning this so that it will be all the things you loved and/or hated about the school dance in high school, just grown up,” Sanford said. “We will have song dedications and music that makes you go, ‘oh that’s my jam!’ There’ll even be spiked punch. The theme is Madi Gras because what’s a high school dances with out an overzealous theme.”
According to Sanford, enrollment as well community involvement is rising. Last fall, the school was also selected to receive a grant form the nationally circulated KIWI magazine.
KIWI is a magazine headquartered in New York City that aims to help parents provide a healthy and organic diet for their kids. The magazine recognized Magnolia Montessori for the school’s healthy lunch menu, the kids’ involvement in preparing their own meals and a garden that students tend to and use to learn about sustainable food growth. The grant that accompanied the recognition will go to fund greenhouses, dehydrators to help preserve food and even will help supply the students with cage-free eggs from chickens the school with hatch later this spring.
Blake Summers of Hinge Dance Company was recruited for the event to help produce a choreographed dance to accompany Whitney Houston’s iconic song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Teachers, school officials and community members learned the dance so they could perform the musical number at the fundraiser. There is a video Magnolia Montessori’s Facebook page for those who plan on attending and are interested in learning the steps.
There will also be three quilts auctioned off at the dance. Each class at the school worked on a quilt. The youngest class painted one and the two older classes assembled their quilts as a school project. Each child sewed on a square until the quilt was big enough to cover a full-size bed. The sewing lessons required for this feat fit into the curriculum of practical life skills Montessori education emphasizes.
Sanford said that this dance is a real opportunity for more of the community to get to know the people at Magnolia Montessori and better understand the work they do there, but mostly, to come out and have a good time.
“We want the community to come out and get to know our parents and our families,” she said. “We are such a family here at this school and this will give everyone a chance to get out, dance and have a good time as opposed to walking around bidding on items.”