So Many Reasons to Celebrate!

Hello, friends of Montessori Northwest.

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     One of my favorite responsibilities as MNW’s Director of Fundraising & Community Education is organizing our annual fundraising auction and dinner, the Celebration of Light. From its humble inception nearly a decade ago, this event has grown into a magical evening of laughter, community, and fabulous auction items—and a great opportunity to support the dynamic work of Montessori Northwest.

     This year’s event on Friday, January 24th, is really shaping into something special. Not only will it be our biggest and most glamorous Celebration (hello, Melody Ballroom!) but it will also feature several new treats.

     The donations are still pouring in (care to contribute?) but here are just a few of the exciting events and items ready and waiting:
  • Who-Done-It Mystery Party
  • Zumba, Yoga, Belly and Bollywood Dancing Lessons
  • A Trip to Disneyland and Original Handmade Montessori Materials
  • Billiard Games, Winery Tours, and Karaoke
  • Gift Certificates galore!
  • And much, much more…
Your participation is essential in our ability to continue offering quality AMI teacher training, which brings us to this year’s special appeal. We will be raising funds to offer Tuition Assistance to people who would otherwise be unable to attend our programs – more Montessori for more people!
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There are so many ways to get involved:

For more information about the event and to buy tickets, please visit the official Celebration of Light website.

If your school or organization is looking for highly-visible Sponsorship opportunities, click here.

Perhaps you’re interested in making a monetary or product donation

Or maybe you'd like to volunteer your time to help support the event?

I look forward to seeing you on January 24th at the 9th Annual Celebration of Light Dinner and Auction. I’m buying a handful of tickets as holiday gifts this year and look forward to sharing this special evening with all of you.

Janet Lewis--janet@montessori-nw.org

Posted on December 17, 2013 and filed under Celebration of Light.

Volunteers Needed

The Melody Ballroom

The Melody Ballroom

With 2014 rolling along, Montessori Northwest's annual Celebration of Light is nearing closer by the day!

Every year our Montessori community looks forward to this event with great anticipation. It is our volunteers who, in part, make the evening an incredible success. That said, Montessori Northwest is looking for quite a few good men and women to fill the roles listed below--Come join the fun!

Pre-Celebration

Help is requested in procurement of auction items, photography, and write-ups of auction items for the COL website and general data entry. The time commitment varies by job and most often can be completed remotely.

Event Setup (Day of the event, AM-4:30PM) *greatest need*

After transporting COL items from MNW to the Melody Ballroom, help is needed to set up the auction spaces, check in/out tables, beautify the hall with decorations and table centerpieces, and put together the many exciting interactive party games that last throughout the evening. Lunch lunch and snacks provided.
Last year's volunteers managed to have a little fun too.

Last year's volunteers managed to have a little fun too.

Event Live (4:30PM-10PM)

Showtime! The pinnacle of many hands and hard work is showered on our 200+ attendees:  Curbside greetings, entry escorts, guest check in/out, Golden Ticket sales, VIP Personal Assistants, managing the party games, and the inevitable clean up. Dinner provided (non-COL food). Enjoy the festivities.

If you're interested in helping out, please drop me a note and we'll get the process going.

Or maybe you're more interested in attending the event?  Click here for more information!

Thank you!
Posted on December 13, 2013 .

Translation Help Needed

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As Montessori Northwest continues its work as a center of Montessori education and community outreach, we are constantly looking for new and dynamic ways to connect with a broader audience.

Our mission statement says it best:
To provide education honoring the pedagogical principles of Dr. Maria Montessori by offering AMI Montessori teacher education, professional development, parent education, and community outreach for the benefit of children throughout the world.

One of the ways we plan on promoting that mission is by recognizing that not all people speak a common language. To this end, Montessori Northwest is looking for a collection of volunteers to help us with occasional translation work. MNW’s blog is regularly featuring new original content from our Trainers and Students and we would love to be able to share these inspiring words in formats other than English—Spanish, Japanese, etc.

If you are interested in joining this endeavor, we hope you’ll consider contacting Glenn Goodfellow —MNW’s Communications Director—and learn more about how you can assist!

 

Posted on December 9, 2013 .