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Montessori Students ‘Adopt’ Two West Hartford Families for the Holidays

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford unload gifts for West Hartford families at Town Hall. Courtesy photo

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford held their second annual ‘jog-o-thon’ to raise money for to provide holiday presents as well as gift cards for families at several West Hartford schools.

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford at West Hartford Town Hall, after dropping off gifts for two local families they ‘adopted’ for the holidays. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

Children from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford once again helped out West Hartford’s Department of Social Services, “adopting” two families for the holidays and also donating dozens of gift cards to help others in need.

West Hartford resident Rebecca London, whose son, Atticus, attends Montessori School of Greater Hartford, said that her own family had “adopted” a family through Social Services for many years, but last year she helped get the entire school community involved in all aspects of raising funds – which included holding the inaugural jog-o-thon – and delivering holiday gifts to Town Hall.

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford made gift wrap for the presents they delivered to West Hartford families. Courtesy photo

The second annual event was also a great success.

“They did everything from planning the run and getting sponsorships to deciding what to purchase for families, making the wrapping paper and walking to Town Hall to deliver the gifts,” London said. “This year they ran 1,116 laps of their field, totaling 223 miles!”

This week they walked from the school, which is located on the campus of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, to Town Hall.

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford made the gift wrap for the presents they delivered to West Hartford families. Courtesy photo

The students raised enough money this year – a total of about $8,000 – to provide for all of the holiday needs and wishes of two West Hartford families.

“Additionally, they provided 38 one hundred dollar gift cards to families at Whiting Lane and Morley school to assist with food needs,” London said.

Montessori School of Greater Hartford students drop off gift cards at Whiting Lane School. Courtesy photo

“The day of the jog-o-thon and the day of the delivery West Hartford police officers, firefighters and social workers were on hand to support the children,” London said. “Such a lovely and meaningful way for these children to give back to their community.”

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford made gift wrap for the presents they delivered to West Hartford families. Courtesy photo

Montessori School of Greater Hartford students drop off gift cards at Morley School. Courtesy photo

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford unload gifts for West Hartford families at Town Hall. Courtesy photo

Students from the Montessori School of Greater Hartford unload gifts for West Hartford families at Town Hall. Courtesy photo

Montessori School of Greater Hartford students packaged up gift cards and holiday presents for West Hartford families Courtesy photo

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