This kind of endeavor doesn’t happen overnight…or in isolation.
Amidst the challenges of COVID-19, Sussex Montessori School opens the doors of ten, state-of-the-art elementary classrooms. This opening, accompanied with a scaled down ribbon cutting, marks the completion of Phase 1 construction and the fruition of a long-awaited vision.
“We are in awe of what has been accomplished in these past five years and grateful for this opportunity for the children and families in Sussex County,” said Board Chairwoman Linda Zankowsky during the dedication event on Nov 18.
Sussex Montessori is the first charter elementary school to open in recent years and currently provides free Montessori education to 260 southern Delaware students in grade K-3.
Joining the group of supporters was Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting.
“This is exciting because for some of our learners, this approach is exactly what is needed. While there is a public option available in Wilmington, this is the first time students in southern Delaware will have this opportunity,” said Dr. Bunting.
“This kind of endeavor doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen in isolation. It has required years of work and partnership.”
The project was started by Montessori Works, supported by a strong founding board and completed with the help of many, including Seaford city leaders, state legislators, USDA, PNC Bank and the Longwood and Crystal Trust foundations, as well as local individual donors.
A campaign is underway to raise $5.9 million of the total $10 million school construction cost to complete Phase 2 renovations (renovations to the barn and additional classrooms to accommodate grades four through six).
“I offer deepest gratitude to those farseeing individuals who organized this initiative and to those who have diligently worked, contributed so much, and persevered so that Sussex Montessori’s children can have this rich learning opportunity,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. “I’m excited to see how these children and this school will succeed.”