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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

Application submissions for the 2017 Peace Seed Grant is now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

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.

2016 Peace Seed Grant Recipients

Nancy Black and Anna Clarke, Lakeland Montessori Schools, Lake Wales, FL ($500)
Nancy and Anna will build a free, collaborative, online community of Montessori educators, including a website where their students will work with a class of international students to collaborate on set projects.

Teresa Carlton, Dothan Montessori School, Ozark, AL ($100)
Teresa will use the funds to create a Peace Library at her school.

Ma. Fe Rhodora Espinosa-Kahny, California Montessori Project, Elk Grove, CA ($250)
The grant money will pay for Sensorial materials to be used in a Peace material training workshop.

Melanie Greely, Chantilly Montessori, Charlotte, NC ($150)
Melanie will use the grant to design and implement a peace curriculum at her school, including a Peace Seminar and PeaceX program, and subsidize professional development around peace.

Zehavit Gross, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel ($800)
Professor Gross will create a seminar for both Arab and Jewish students that focuses on peace education, tolerance, and conflict resolution.

Nanci Guartofierro, Mountain View Elementary School, Hilo, HI ($400)
The grant will go towards purchasing peace materials to implement lessons from Sonnie McFarland’s book Honoring the Light of the Child.

Erin Hayes, Selkirk Montessori School, Victoria, BC, Canada ($950)
Erin’s grant will enable a local First Nation author/artist to teach Selkirk’s children about peace.

Lisa Klus, Mercy Montessori Center, Cincinnati, OH ($550)
Lisa will use the funding to build raised beds at her school, with a plan to share the harvested foods with a local food pantry.

Greta McKinney, Martin Luther King Montessori School, Fort Wayne, IN ($300)
The grant money will fund a “conflict resolution corner” with a peace seat for each classroom.

Siza Mtimbiri, Kingsley Montessori, Concord, NH ($900)
Siza’s award will underwrite a Montessori program in Zimbabwe, paying for library books, classroom materials, and Montessori videos.

Kate Robinson, Montessori Children’s Schoolhouse, Munster, IN ($200)
The grant money will enable Kate to introduce the Montessori peace table to six non-Montessori Early Childhood public school classrooms, and do follow-up visits.  

Tajali Tolan, Rock Prairie Montessori, Evansville, WI ($300)
Tajali will use the money to author two books in the “Children’s Global Peace” series—one on social and emotional literacy, and the other on understanding feelings and needs.

Patricia Yonka and Alice Iddi-Gubbels, The La’Angum Learning Center, Bumboazio, Ghana ($850)
Patricia and Alice will produce a Peace Rose pamphlet that will tell the Mamprusi Universe (creation) story to La’Angum students.

Mary Zajac, Penn-Mont Academy, Hollidaysburg, PA ($200)
Mary will implement a Peace Garden at Penn-Mont with her funds. 

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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