Blog : Brixham Montessori Friends School Makes Eco-Friendly Improvements

By Mary | Feb 14, 2014 | in

YORK -- It’s quite unusual to find a school as unique in curriculum as it is in sustainability. The Brixham Montessori Friends School teaches a greener way of living to its youth in addition to offering all students an exploratory learning experience.

In 2001, the Brixham Montessori Friends School was founded in York, Maine, as a result of Alica Johnson-Grafe’s innovative idea to transform the Grange Hall. With the assistance of parents in the local community, Grafe successfully started a preschool and elementary school staffed with 18 teachers. The mission of BMFS is to provide children with the special attention they need to thrive. Students are able to express themselves freely and equally rather than having a forced curriculum typical of structured school settings. Brixham Montessori is designed to make kids feel at home while they learn enriching material in the areas of math, art, music and foreign languages.

BMFS emphasizes green programs such as classroom recycling and composting scraps for the schools’ chickens to consume. Brixham Montessori is looking to add a greenhouse to its science curriculum later on this year. A benefit for the new project will take place in May 2014. The older elementary students are planning a community service project as well. The project will involve a community fundraiser that will donate 50 percent of profits earned to the High Meadows Seed Company.

Brixham recently implemented a pathway of intertwining nature trails on its land. The plan is for the kids to observe and research nature and animals found in the woods at different platforms situated along the paths.

Another future improvement to Brixham Montessori Friend School will be an eco-friendly design for a playground complete with a zip line, obstacle course and trust walk. The school will construct a jungle gym structure made of recyclable parts for playing and exploring.

Become a member of the Green Alliance to receive 15 percent off your Brixham Montessori Friend School application fee!