, Salem, MA


May 14, 2014

Letter: Community contributed to clean up

To the editor:

It is truly amazing what can be accomplished in one day. I have been part of a Community Clean Up Day at Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School for 10 years. This year, our event on Saturday, May 3, was such a huge success I had to write and share the experience. For three weeks, I called local businesses in Beverly and Danvers and talked to them about the event, asking them for help to make the day more meaningful.

Happily, almost all of them said, “Yes, I want to help. How can we make this work?” Dawson’s True Value Hardware gave us a display for our front hall to encourage parents to participate. Materials from Boston Fence resulted in fences that created a new area for our students to play and plant in. Moynihan Lumber and Home Depot enabled us to build garden beds, while Clark Farms and Northeast Nursery helped us to fill the beds we built. Finally, Starbucks donated coffee for the morning crew, and Henry’s donated bananas to keep us moving.

Each year, I keep a log of who attended and what they did. This year, I stopped writing at 70, because there were too many other jobs to keep track of, and I knew I would not be able to thank every person and feared that I might miss someone. A full week later, I have almost completed my thank-you notes ... but I am truly inspired by the generosity of my community, local businesses, and family and children alike. Thank you all! As Maria Montessori once said, “The land is where our roots are. The children must be taught to live in harmony with the earth.”

Kimberly Lord

Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School


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