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Mansio Men's Montessori Families Help Homeless During Holidays

Mansio Mens Montessori teaches a holiday lesson of giving.

The students of decorated and delivered holiday cookies to Lazarus House in St. Charles to support the homeless. Lazarus House serves persons in need connected to St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia and western rural Kane County.

Dr. Maria Montessori opened her Children’s House in the slums of Rome in 1907 to serve impoverished children who wandered the streets while their parents worked. Both Montessori and Lazarus House programs are philosophically dedicated to the community, to families and to children.

Mansio Mens Montessori families baked cookies, which were decorated by students. The cookies were delivered on Wednesday, Dec. 14 by the kindergarten class, Janet Shanahan, managing director of Mansio Mens Montessori and teachers Terri Kraft and Melanie Scawinski.

“Each and every child in Mansio Mens Montessori helped decorate the 200 cookies, which helped spread Holiday cheer to those in need,” stated Janet Shanahan. Kindergarten teacher Terri Kraft commented "It was priceless when one of my kindergarteners said, 'I'm so happy to have helped to give them something sweet that they wouldn't have had, because they don't have a home!' I really think they got it!"

Mansio Mens provides an atmosphere in which a child's mind, body and spirit can flourish. Mansio Mens encourages a sense of wonder about life and the world so that students develop a lifelong love of learning as well as a deep sense of caring for themselves, others, and the world in which we live. For more information, visit blog.genevamontessori.org.

This article and photo are courtesy of Mansio Mens Montisori.

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