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Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grant


The American Montessori Society Peace Committee awards annual Peace Seed Grants to help fund projects that promote peace education.

The grants are presented in memory of educator Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to the concept of peace through children inspired many to advance peace education in their classrooms and communities. Among her numerous achievements, Ursula founded the Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate in San Francisco and helped establish The Science of Peace Task Force and the Montessori Peace Academy.

Peace Seed Grants are financed through donations to the AMS Peace Fund.

Applying for a Peace Seed Grant

The submission period is now closed. Applications for the 2019 Peace Seed Grant will be available in the fall.

The successful applicant will –

  • have a Montessori background;
  • indicate how she will be accountable for the use of funds;
  • agree to share the outcome of the project with the AMS community.

The proposed project should be designed to –

  • further peace education;
  • reach a significant number of children and/or educators;
  • accomplish its goals in the year following receipt of the grant.

2017 Peace Seed Grant Recipients

Annie Frazer, $650
Montessori Partnerships for Georgia will create a Montessori-centric workshop on conflict resolution in the home, to be presented to parents in vulnerable communities in southwest Georgia.

Barbara McElheny, $350
Children in the early childhood program at Christopher Academy in Westfield, NJ, will create a peace quilt that will travel to a variety of local centers that aid children struggling with mental health issues.

Barbara Nelson, $500
The Montessori House Elementary School in Richmond, TX, will use their grant to aid in the construction of a student-maintained natural playscape, peace garden, and conflict resolution area.

Sarah Pfenninger, $650
The Literacy Center at the University of La Verne in California is launching a book club for children ages 7 – 12 to discuss issues of social justice and diversity.

Susan Swift, $650
The Montessori School of Northampton, MA, will use award to provide professional development for their teachers in the form of a social justice workshop created by Crossroads Anti-Racism Training.

Michele Wilensky, $500
Hilltop Montessori School in Birmingham, AL, will construct a peace labyrinth as part of its $3.4 million expansion.

AMS is grateful to Lesley Nan Haberman and The Family School in New York City for their generous support of Peace Seed Grants throughout the years.

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