Lots to report still from the Congress but I wanted to get the word out about this right now:
At the Congress I met Vina Kay, an education and public policy professional and writer, as well as Jan Selby, a film and video producer, and founder of Quiet Island Films. Vina and Jay are Montessori parents as well, and Quiet Island Films was responsible for the beautiful and stirring videos used throughout the Congress.
Vina and Jan are working on a film called Building the Pink Tower: a high-quality, thoroughly researched, emotionally moving, feature-length documentary about Montessori education from preschool to high school, public and private. I’ve posted their teaser on the videos page of this site so you can see what kind of work they do. There’s a longer fundraising trailer embedded below.
This is not a cheap project. Vina and Jay need to raise $300,000 in all, and they’re up to $28,000 so far. They’re making a push for $100,000 by this fall, and they’re asking Montessori teachers, parents, alumni, and friends to kick in to their $10 Challenge. There are 4500 Montessori schools in the U.S. alone, so if just a few people from each school gave $10, they would reach their goal. If a few people put in a bit more, they would get there that much faster.
Here’s the fundraising trailer. And here’s the $10 Challenge link again. If you believe in more Montessori for more children and spreading the word, now you can put your money where your mouth is.