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Schools celebrate International Peace Day and 20th anniversary of Montessori education at DPS

Students from George Watts Montessori, Morehead Montessori, and Lakewood Montessori Middle School gathered today to form a parade in observance of International Peace Day and to mark the 20th anniversary of Montessori education in Durham Public Schools.

Students from Morehead and Lakewood traveled to George Watts where they gathered as a group and walked to the East Campus gazebo at Duke.  Principals from each school gave brief remarks on the importance of peace education in Montessori programs and encouraged students to reflect on peaceful relationships.  Students from all three schools then sang the Montessori peace song before departing back to their campuses.

Today’s event also marks the 20th anniversary of Montessori education in Durham Public Schools.  The Montessori model assumes that all children want to learn and it respects the individual's style and pace of learning. Classroom communities operate on the principle of freedom within limits, translating into respect for self, others and the environment.