Hampton Senior and Montessori Grad Heads Up Global Montessori Preschool Initiative

Hampton High School Senior; Grant Muir

Hampton High School Senior; Grant Muir

By: Paula Green

Hampton High School senior Grant Muir believes in giving back to his community and is appreciative of his instructional foundation.

By: Paula Green

Hampton High School senior Grant Muir believes in giving back to his community and is appreciative of his instructional foundation.

In 2009, Grant graduated from the Montessori Centre Academy (MCA) in Glenshaw.   The educational support that he received motivated him to help others.  Grant stated, “As I have developed and evolved as a student, I have never lost sight of the contribution Montessori made to my life.”

Grant recently founded a non-profit organization called the Global Montessori Preschool Initiative. “The purpose of this action is to provide children in third-world countries the chance to have a valuable early education.  It is my mission to collect school supplies for pre-k students that are donated by the Montessori Schools and send them overseas to schools in need.  These materials can improve the approach of learning in young individuals anywhere in the world.  We have started in African Rural Schools and the next target area will be Guatemala.  I believe everyone should have the chance to learn as I did,” Grant stated.

Two years ago, Grant founded the Montessori Food Drive Association.  “I organized a non-perishable items donation amongst local Montessori schools – Montessori Centre Academy, Children’s Community Montessori, Glen Montessori and Western PA Montessori,” added Grant.

The items collected went to North Hills Community Outreach.  It was a huge success netting around $1,000 worth of food, toiletries and other necessities.  In addition to initiating and organizing the food drive, Grant also did much of the labor.  “I did all the pick-ups at these schools and delivered all of the goods to the North Hills Community Outreach.  These items were distributed by NHCO to families in need,” Grant said.

Since last year’s drive went so well, Grant organized another Winter Drive this year which runs through Dec. 19.

The food drive is going to be handed down as children graduate to the next batch of Montessori children who can take on these larger ideas of community service.

In addition to being involved with his alma mater Montessori Centre Academy, Grant is also immersed in activities at Hampton High School.  He is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of the student body, four-year letterman on the golf team, a math tutor and he has also volunteered with The First Tee.

If you are interested in supporting Grant Muir’s Global Montessori Preschool Initiative, please visit www.gmpi.net or donations@gmpi.net.

 

 

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