During the school year, the Junior High “micro-economy,” a social enterprise/business that re-invests its profits in charities and social programs, makes and sells goods to support local charities, including Anova (formerly Women’s Community House). Junior High students also regularly assemble Halloween and Holiday goodie bags for the children staying at Anova. Those goodie bags – so small in size – have a big impact. Explains Carolyn Smale, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Children’s Programs at Anova: “When Montessori Academy comes in with boxes of gifts really tailored to a child staying at the shelter – that demonstrates to our children that other children care. I tell them, ‘With every item that went into this goodie bag, they thought of you! Isn’t that amazing?’” (Almost as amazing as the vital services Anova provides local families in need.)
Proceeds from the Junior High Micro-economy sales – which have included home-made salsa and candy apples – support Anova. Also, throughout the year, Junior High students collect “pre-loved” women’s clothing to donate to their own social enterprise, Mine 101. “Profits” from the women’s boutique support Anova programs and services.