Celebrate Summit! The 15th Anniversary
Saturday evening, May 12th was, indeed, a perfect time to Celebrate Summit! Parents, grandparents, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends enjoyed the balmy spring weather as they gathered to commemorate Summit Montessori School’s 15th anniversary and enjoy a spectacular evening.
Courtesy of alumni parents Jennifer and Peter Zschokke, our venue - the Framingham Country Club - dished up some fabulous food, while guests bid on over 60 auction items and danced to the tunes of Mr. Jesse’s band - Analog Heart.
Yun Scollard, a very talented artist and Summit mom, worked with students to create five amazing ceramic pieces that were featured in the live auction. Each creation was a reflection of one of the classrooms flower blossom plates decorated with young children’s fingerprints from the Children’s House classrooms, a fruit bowl painted by the children of Lower Elementary, and a serving dish designed and painted by the students in Upper Elementary. Each piece of art was uniquely beautiful.
Tricia Farrington, mom to CH1 teacher Shannon Farrington, designed, baked and decorated an absolutely gorgeous anniversary dessert. Her specialty cake, decorated with marzipan flowers and a quotation from Maria Montessori, was a delicious work of art.
Sabrina and Oye Akintan of Akins Signature Events donated their time, talent and some terrific decorations to make the venue pop with color. Their sweets table provided enough candy to keep everyone - including the band - on a sugar high. Oye also worked with Ms. Edith, Summit’s own art teacher, to showcase students’ work in a black light room and remind everyone of our common connection - the children of Summit Montessori School.
Celebrate Summit! was successful in many ways - it was a fun party; it was an opportunity for many of our founding and alumni families to get together and renew their connections; and it was a time to remember the past and look toward the future. The evening also resulted in over $12,000 for Summit Montessori School! These funds raised that evening go directly to the classrooms and have an immediate impact on every child at Summit. And, as a direct result of “Fund-A-Need” contributions, by the fall there will be a new Gaga Ball pit in the elementary playground.
Sincerest thanks go to the parents on the Anniversary Committee who planned and worked, shared their community knowledge, called on their business and personal connections, tied countless bows on numerous baskets, and forged new friendships with one another in the service of the School. The party worked because this wonderful group of Summit volunteers energetically pushed it forward: Mary Ann Ciampa, Jane Clarke, Maria Ganong-Bauer, Jessica Mooraj, Sue Savage, Sasha Song, Allison Pensiero, Kursten TenHoor. Summit Montessori School is genuinely grateful for collective generosity of our community. We thank our individual and business donors, our volunteers, our bidders and the party’s attendees for making Celebrate Summit! a memorable evening and a financial success.