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MJ Montessori children lead Haiti relief effort

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Students at Mt Juliet Montessori Academy Elementary and Preschool, 9695 Lebanon Road in Mt Juliet, are working with the residents of Wilson County to collect and compile “Health Kits” for Haiti residents displaced by the recent earthquake. 

MJM is one of four Middle Tennessee Montessori schools that have banded together to assist Haiti while empowering  their young students to act on their natural compassion and desire to take care of their local and global community.

“A feeling of belonging in the world and a sense of empowerment comes from assisting at times like these. Children don’t know the details, but they know from the adults around them that something has happened and people need help,” said MJM Director Debra Miller. “Small children are clear that they only have so much power in this big world. This project shows them that maybe you can’t do everything, but everyone can do something -- even if you are 4 years old.”

Families, businesses and all Wilson County residents are asked to donate items (see the listed). The children and school volunteers will compile the items into health kits which will be delivered to Haiti by UMCOR. UMCOR is a not-for-profit international humanitarian aid organization that specializes in domestic and international emergency assistance. For more information about UMCOR, visit www.umcor.org.

Items to donate:• sealable one-gallon plastic bags • hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”. No kitchen towels. • washcloth • comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized) • nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers) • bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up) • toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes) • adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages • $1 to purchase toothpaste

The following Middle Tennessee area schools are accepting the listed items for Health kits:

• Mt Juliet Montessori Academy, 9695 Lebanon Road #210, Mt Juliet, 758-0819• Montessori East, East Nashville, 701 Porter Road ste M, 226-4588• Bambini Montessori, 27 Fairway Drive, Nashville 885-8772• Casa Dei Montessori, Bellevue, 673-8000

Each kit costs about $12. Residents are invited to donate as much as they would like of any one item, but because of parameters set forth by UMCOR, items must be new and only the items listed can be included or donated.

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