MLK Montessori celebrates 45 years

| August 16, 2013

Frost Illustrated Staff Report

“If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children for the children are the makers of men.”—Dr. Maria Montessori

FORT WAYNE—While attending classes at the University of Rome in 1897, Maria Montessori began developing a theory of education that served as a break with the previous 200 years of educational theory. Ten years later, she opened her first classroom in Rome. Dubbed Casa del Bambini or “Children’s House,” the school made use of teaching techniques she had developed after years of observing children and identifying “human tendencies.” Those techniques focused on accelerated learning and comprehension by helping children to develop intellectually and psychologically through free activity in a “prepared environment. The concept of independent learning synced with the natural phases of human development was heralded as a breakthrough in modern education. Over the years, the Montessori education method has given rise to a number of famed alumni including renowned chef Julia Child, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of, actor and director George Clooney and Jeff Bezos, founder of

Locally, the Martin Luther King Montessori School has been providing quality education to children for 45 years. To celebrate the institution’s legacy in the Summit City, MLK Montessori School is inviting members of all its previous classes to come together and celebrate that landmark anniversary during a special picnic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 17 at the school, 6001 S. Anthony Blvd.

“MLK Montessori School has had an unwavering impact on our community; assisting over 5,000 children in achieving their educational dreams which has enabled them to prosper in a diverse and global society,” said organizers in a news statement.

The picnic is designed to honor and celebrate those who have been involved with the school as educators and students. Additionally, officials from the school plan to unveil a new college scholarship at the celebration.  The scholarship will be to assist pervious MLK Montessori School graduates who are planning to attend college.

For more information, call Joy Davis (260) 423-4333.


This article originally appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.

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