Gamble Montessori High School Presents Inaugural ‘Montessori Market’

June 21, 2019

In the “market” for a new wallet? How about some swanky wall art painted by local artists? Or, maybe some homemade soaps?

The warmest day to-date of 2019 provided the perfect backdrop for Gamble’s first-ever Montessori Market.

Gamble students worked hard for more than two school years planning, making products and facilitating activities for the west-side community to enjoy – securing more than 20 local craft vendors, live music and food trucks. What’s more, all proceeds from the market benefited opportunities for students outside the classroom.

Some furry-hooved friends from Honey Hill Farm trotted by for fun (and pets), too.

Ohio’s FFA Association President Kolesen McCoy attended as well. He has helped connect Gamble’s growing FFA chapter to all the great resources and benefits the association offers students.

“When Gamble’s Ag Ed teacher, Mary Dudley, got Gamble’s chapter more established, I wanted to help them connect with other urban chapters in the state. But once I got involved, I fell in love with the people and have become a friend of the chapter ever since,” McCoy said.

Students in agriculture education, or “Ag Ed,” have achieved incredible feats beyond their work on the Montessori Market this school year.

This past November, students began planning and implementing a response to a flooding issue in Gamble’s staff parking lot. With some savvy creative finesse and hard work, paired with help from community partners, the flooding mess was gone, and a beautiful rain garden was born. The rain garden was dedicated during the market’s festivities – with representatives from Green Umbrella, OKI, Mill Creek Alliance and city officials in attendance.

Gamble Montessori’s newly dedicated Rain Garden

It’s safe to say Gamble’s hard work paid off. Participating vendors, parents and folks from the community shared their thoughts on a job well done, sending words of encouragement on social media.

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