The Montessori School of Covington hosted its 12th annual Community Appreciation Chili Luncheon Monday with a meal prepared by students of the early childhood program.
The students took great pride in preparing four varieties of chili, hand-squeezed lemonade, banana pudding and dirt cake for approximately 50 guests. Under the direction of teachers Tammy Farmer, Mattie Moon and Nicki Waldon, the early childhood students, who are 3 to 6 years old, handled all aspects of the luncheon from food preparation and service to wishing the each guest farewell with a parting gift of lavender seeds.
“Once again our community members and guests helped make this event a rewarding experience for our students,” said Montessori School of Covington Director Jane Moon. “Community service is a big part of the Montessori curriculum. We feel that it is important to teach even our youngest students what it means to be part of a community. This event is their way of giving back and thanking the Covington community.”
With students ages 3 through high school, Montessori School of Covington’s curriculum incorporates lessons that promote self-reliance and service to the community, both of which are demonstrated through the annual luncheon.
Community members from area nonprofits, government agencies, emergency services and colleges were among the guests who attended the luncheon Thursday and all leftovers were shared with local fire stations.