ABERDEEN, S.D. – While Susan Dalager was searching for a new location for her Montessori School of Aberdeen, it just so happened that Calvary Baptist Church was also on a search themselves. The church has a smaller congregation and was looking for a way their building could serve others in the community. The answer came in the form of the almost 40 children who now come to the church five days a week as Montessori School students. Susan moved her school to the church almost two years ago and says it has been a blessing to both parties involved. “It’s a partnership and we’re working together for these children. We get to use this beautiful building, and in return the children liven everything up here the way they do.”
The Montessori School has children ages infant through six years old who learn in a self-directed and hands-on learning environment. Their space at Calvary Baptist has allowed them to grow in enrollment and expand their programming. They added their infant program this past summer, and have all their students under one roof, whereas previously they were split up into two separate locations. Students can use the church’s gymnasium, as well as a large outdoor space that includes a playground, space to ride bikes, and raised garden beds. About their current location, Susan says, “It’s just a happy, busy, functioning school, and we are really thankful every day to use this building.” // — Jenny Roth
For more information on the Montessori School of Aberdeen, find them on Facebook or visit www.montessoriaberdeen.com.