Summer campers in Eagle deliver books and other donations to local learning center

Montessori Academy campers sell popcorn for books
Posted at 9:57 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 11:57:55-04

BOISE, Ida. — Campers from Montessori Academy are giving back during their summer vacations. It's all to benefit The Learning and Language Center at Calico, a nonprofit learning center that supports local children in need.

Campers have been selling popcorn over the past month to raise money for new coloring books and crayons to benefit the center. Other donations included used books, tissues, hand sanitizer and wipes. Campers delivered the donations this week, giving them a chance to meet organization representatives and find out how the center helps children in the community.

"We just kind of look at the different needs in our community and what will benefit, and our principal, her daughter actually received services here in the past, so it was kind of something that was closer to her heart, " said Montessori Academy's Jordan Ridinger.

The Learning and Language Center at Calico provides year-round early intervention speech, language and occupational therapy, as well as academic readiness instruction to prepare young children for success in school. The center teaches refugee, low income, at-risk, special needs, hearing impaired, underserved, and under insured children the skills needed to fully participate on the same level as their peers when they go to school.

Montessori Academy in Eagle is part of Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., a national network of 200 private schools, including preschools, elementary, middle and high schools in 19 states across the nation. Montessori Academy schools provide high quality private education, with a challenging and well-rounded curriculum, caring and skilled teachers and attention to individual learning styles. Many also offer before and after-school care and summer camp.