As we prepare for the school’s 50th Anniversary next year, I have been reflecting upon how the enduring legacy of the school has prepared our children for their future. Experiences at Radmoor have connected children and families with both the rich past and the unknown future through the preparation of the environment--an environment which allows the child to experience a transformation, a sense of empowerment, and an understanding of self. It is our mission to prepare the child for life beyond the walls of Radmoor, always keeping in mind that the children are our bright hope for the future.
Next year we will connect with our past as we celebrate Founders Day on September 7th. On Founders Day we reflect upon the hard work and commitment of the seven founding families and demonstrate our respect for their many contributions. In 1968 the “Children’s House” (later named Montessori Radmoor School) opened its doors to 18 preschool-aged children in rented quarters at Okemos Community Church. The commitment of these families will never be forgotten as 50 years later our Radmoor community has grown to over 150 children ranging from ages 18 months to 12 years.
The school has always been committed to authentic Montessori education beginning with the first guide or teacher, Ms. Alice Hummel. The importance of having all the essential elements of a Montessori community has been a priority for the Board of Trustees and administration at the school. Along with preparing this rich environment of amazing materials for learning, the gentle guidance of the adults in aiding the child in gaining self-respect, self-discipline and independence, allows the child to reveal themselves.
Lifelong connections and friendships are another legacy of the school for both the children and families who have attended. By honoring each individual and supporting their journey to gain skills for life, many deep relationships are developed. We plan to celebrate and renew these relationships at our Golden Gala celebration on September 29th and our annual Race for Radmoor on September 30th, 2018
Every year it has been such a pleasure to welcome back former students and families for our Alumni Graduation Open House in June. Next year we will coordinate this event with an end-of-year picnic concluding our 50th Anniversary year celebration.
Lastly, most meaningful to me is when a parent or child shares a lasting memory of their time at Radmoor and how it transformed or impacted their lives. I am deeply moved to hear these special stories, recognizing that their experiences have shaped and inspired contributing members of society who demonstrate a respect for self and others.
Preparing, connecting, and transforming are all aspects of the legacy of Montessori Radmoor School. We are so glad you are a part of this experience.