When Tori and Katie opened the doors of Hawthorn Montessori last year their dream of welcoming children and families from the Asheville area in for a one- of-a-kind education became a reality. They have been deeply proud of the well-rounded education they provide and the safe, home-like space they’ve created for children to feel warm, loved, and safe during this early stage of their educational journey.
“When we were faced with a global pandemic in the middle of our first year we knew that our main purpose was going to shift from educating children to include the care and support of the whole family while our community sheltered in place. We worked around the clock to ensure families had the materials and support they needed all the while working to create a plan to open our doors in August to in-person learning. Our community is small and one that we felt like we could shelter, nurture, and educate while creating a pandemic safe environment to house it all in.
“We are facing and responding to the realities of COVID-19 in our community. Hawthorn applied for and received the PPP loan to ensure that our staff was able to continue to be paid and our utilities were paid while we helped families with tuition during their own job insecurity during the months of quarantine. Starting in August we split into 2 classrooms and hired extra staff to ensure we keep our community as safe as we can during the present school year. In order to open our doors safely we had to spend $15,000 to ensure that we had enough materials for a second classroom, individual supplies and materials, outdoor tables and shade structures, PPE, clean supplies, air purifying systems, and extra custodial services for the year.
“As we thoughtfully plan for the future, beyond the pandemic, we ask you to invest in our school community. Our deepest desire is to continue to have open doors to the children and families we serve and to welcome children and families for years to come. The pandemic hit us hard but we are still here and ready to plan for the future of Hawthorn Montessori.”
Hawthorn Montessori hopes to fundraise $15,000 by March 30, 2021 to simply cover the costs of our COVID-19 changes and safety measures.
Sending you wishes of hope and good health,
Tori Litz and Katie Anderson