In celebration of its 44th year of educating local children, the Happy Montessori School preschool is providing a $1,000 college scholarship to a Happy Montessori graduate who is graduating this year from Schreiber High School. The Happy Montessori School plans to make this an annual program.
“We are so proud of our children and we wanted to find a way to show them that we are still here to support their education,” said Happy Montessori School founder and director Amrit Sethi.
Sethi estimates that approximately 2,000 children have graduated from the Happy Montessori School since she opened its doors in 1970, and giving the scholarship is also a way of thanking the schools for their support of the community.
“We feel very lucky that our children can leave our warm, nurturing environment and go on to the excellent schools in our town,” she said.
Sethi has been privileged to educate the next generation of Montessori graduates. She is now seeing children of the children she taught 40 years ago and is very proud of their successes at Schreiber and in the world.
Five of Sethi’s own grandchildren are Montessori graduates who have also benefited from the Port Washington schools. Her oldest grandchild, Nathan Lefcowitz, graduated from Schreiber last June and is currently a freshman at Cornell. Schreiber junior Sabina Unni, who recently made it to the quarterfinals of the University of Pennsylvania Liberty Classic debate tournament, will be the next graduate, followed by freshman Eli Lefcowitz and two more grandchildren still in elementary school.
“We are very blessed to be part of this community,” says Mrs. Sethi. “This is one small way of giving back.”
Schreiber seniors who are Happy Montessori graduates are encouraged to apply for the scholarship through the guidance office.