On September 14, we held our first Fun Food Fundraiser of the school year at the Bearden Beer Market. The weather couldn’t have been better. KMS parents enjoyed cold beer from BBM and delicious food from Oinks & Cluckers. KMS students enjoyed the ping pong and Foosball tables and seeing their friends outside of the classroom.
In August, the KMS Board voted to dedicate the 2017-2018 Annual Campaign to the Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship Fund. This means that during this school year, donations from our Fun Food dinners, Annual Pledges, the Year End Appeal and other fundraisers will be designated to this fund.
KMS established the Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship Fund in 2009. The Fund provides annual need-based scholarships that cover up to 50% of tuition. Since the 2010-2011 school year, the Fund has had a profound impact on the lives of its recipients – enabling them to attend KMS and share the many benefits of Montessori education.
The Fund has had a profound impact on the KMS community as well. All of our students and families have greatly benefited from the diversity and inclusiveness in the classrooms.
Since 2010, KMS has awarded 124 scholarships worth $380,395. During this period, 23.6% of the student body have been on scholarship. Fifty-one of the recipients are children from African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic or Middle Eastern families. Thirty-three recipients are from families with incomes at or below the poverty line of $22,000 per year for a family of four. Thirty-three recipients are from single parent households.
Many Knox County families would benefit from access to student-centered Montessori education but are unable to consider private Montessori programs because of their families’ income and/or cost of living expenses. Our goal is to ensure that we can continue to be a diverse and welcoming community and that children who would benefit from Montessori education could attend, regardless of tuition costs.
We look forward to sharing with you many more exciting fundraising opportunities. These fundraisers can simultaneously bring our KMS community closer together and raise funds for the Jan and Carl Goddard Scholarship Fund, which will strengthen our KMS community for years to come.
To make a donation today, visit our Giving page.