The Montessori School is planning its annual Earth Day activities for Friday, April 20. I invite you to read and share the following media release on social media and with anyone interested in learning more about our school.

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The Montessori School Plans Earth Day Activities

The Montessori School will celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 20, with work projects at its Kalamazoo and Richland campuses. Parents and family members will help students and staff plant trees, flowers, move wood chips, clean up the grounds, and beautify the campuses in celebration of Earth Day.

The worldwide event traces its origins to 1970 and the self-proclaimed “birth of the modern environmental movement.” The Montessori School was founded in 1972 and has honored the significance of Earth Day through learning and service opportunities every year.

“The Montessori method emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and a respect for the child,” said Head of School Ann Pilzner. “Earth Day is a great opportunity to apply that same philosophy to the Earth. We want our students to co-exist with the environment in a respectful and sustainable way.”

Every classroom participates in different tasks. Parents donate trees, plants, and shrubs for planting.

In Kalamazoo, this year’s Earth Day project will be to help the school’s senior housing neighbors, Crosstown Parkway Senior Community, clean up the brush on the property that runs perpendicular to the school’s parking lot.

“We will be partnering with them on this project,” Pilzner said. “Our neighbors have always been very generous to us. We are very grateful for our relationship with them and excited about the opportunity to do something for them!”

Incorporating preschool through elementary students, Earth Day is one of the many school-wide activities undertaken at The Montessori School’s Kalamazoo and Richland campuses.

Kalamazoo projects will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 20.

The Richland campus work project will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and include garden cleanup, planting beds, and spreading mulch.

The Montessori School offers preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and childcare programs offered at its Kalamazoo campus as well as preschool, kindergarten, and childcare programs at its Richland campus.

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. Campus tours and classroom visits are available by request.

To learn more about the gifts The Montessori School has to offer children and its upcoming events, please visit, connect with us on Facebook, or call (269) 349-3248.


Ann Pilzner is the Head of School at The Montessori School. She taught at a traditional school in Detroit for two years before falling in love with the Montessori concept while searching for a preschool for her first child. Pilzner went on to become a teacher at a Montessori school and later an administrator before joining The Montessori School in 2016.