Sussex Montessori receives $100K to support students, families even more

SEAFORD, Del.-The Sussex Montessori School is growing leaps and bounds, but now with a $100,000 donation they’ll be able to support kids even more.

“I don’t even know if I have words to express just how much joy we feel,” Lisa Coldiron, the Head of School, said.

Two years ago, Sussex Montessori Public Charter School opened their doors in Seaford to over 200 children.Now with over 300 children and plans to add more grade levels, the school said it’s important to rehab and repurpose their large barn. This building will provide wrap-around services including counseling, a food pantry, and a clothes closet.

“If we don’t have peace and don’t know how to talk with one another and deal with big feelings we may have, the education isn’t going to happen, that academic side isn’t going to happen,” Coldiron said.

“I have received many texts from family members saying we have nothing through the weekend, what do you have and it is critical that we can go and say don’t worry we’ll be there,” Coldiron said.

While the project is happening two years earlier than planned, they’re getting financial support from a McDonald’s Franchise Owner and Operator, Michael Meoli, with a donation. He said when he first learned about the school he was immediately interested and wanted to lend a helping hand.

“The more questions that I asked, the more answers that I got that I liked; and I was just determined to be involved in this process in some way,” Meoli said.

Meoli said he enjoys investing in parts of the community that will have the greatest impact and a big part of that is education.

“So, many things that in our society and our world that we struggle with, it all comes back to education and having a solid K-6 foundation,” Meoli said. “From the very beginning, it greatly enhances the opportunity and the chances of success these young men and woman will end up graduating from high school and moving on.”

The rehabbing of the barn will begin this week starting with renovations of the first floor and they hopes it will be ready to use by this fall.

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