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Record Number: 8667
Displayed from: Apr 10, 2012 , until: Apr 22, 2012
Bunche Montessori Early Childhood Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary of becoming a Montessori magnet with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 22. The theme of the event is "Growing with Montessori," and to commemorate the milestone, the school is collecting pictures and stories from current and former Bunche students, parents and staff. Anyone interested can share their story in writing, in pictures or even by video. They can be sent to Bunche at 1111 Greene St., Fort Wayne, 46803. Everyone who attends the open house will wear a name tag reading, Ask me about my Montessori story. Current and former students will have special tags designating the years they attended Bunche. Bunche was built as an elementary school in 1972 and became a Montessori magnet in 1991, serving students ages three years old to fifth grade. In 2006, the school was changed to an early childhood center offering multi-age classrooms for 3- to 6-year-olds. The other grades moved to Towles Intermediate School. As a Montessori school, the curriculum follows the methods developed by Maria Montessori, who believed children must cultivate their own natural desire to learn to become truly educated individuals who are motivated from within by a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Classrooms are multi-age and look different than traditional classrooms. Materials are at the child's level and offer a hands-on experience. Students are shown lessons and then work at their own pace. In 2003, Bunche was granted accreditation from the American Montessori Society, the only public Montessori school in the United States to receive such status. It was re-accredited last year. In preparation of this year's celebration, Bunche parents, students, staff and community members designed tiles to be included in a Legacy Wall. The tile display will be officially unveiled during the open house.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.