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Hilltop Montessori Students to Build and Raffle Tiny House with Proceeds to Benefit Morningside Shelter and Scholarships

BRATTLEBORO – Hilltop Montessori School of Brattleboro is launching a “Tiny House Raffle” to benefit the school’s financial aid program and Morningside Shelter. Jamaica Cottage Shop has donated a tiny house kit that Hilltop students and families will assemble this spring. The 7’ x 12’ house is built on a trailer for easy mobility and will be raffled off at 3pm on the Brattleboro Common after the Strolling of the Heifers parade on June 6th.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at Hilltop Montessori School, Morningside Shelter, and on-line at www.hilltopmontessori.org/tiny-house-raffle-2015. In addition to Jamaica Cottage Shop of Londonderry, VT, a number of area businesses are generously donating to the project, including Farnum Insulators of Dummerston VT, Lawton Floor Design of Brattleboro and Leader Home Center.

“Students at Hilltop Montessori School learn important lessons about what it means to be human, how we as humans all need to meet our basic fundamental needs, one of them being shelter! We also emphasize what it means to be a responsible empathetic member of a community. For this reason, we as a school feel it is necessary to walk the walk of our talk!” Head of School, Tamara Mount explained. “Preparing and serving meals for the Overflow Shelter, delivering pies to the Women’s Freedom Center at holiday time, having the directors of organizations like Morningside Shelter come in and speak to our students about the work that they do – these are all a part of our school culture. By donating 20% of our proceeds from this raffle, we model the importance of both shelter and philanthropy to our students.”

Morningside Shelter is our region’s only year-round shelter - serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The 30-bed shelter operates at capacity regardless of the season, offering a place to call home for families and individuals facing challenges to maintaining stable housing. Additionally, Morningside offers supportive services to a number of our community’s precariously housed individuals - helping to secure and maintain sustainable housing and prevent future threat of homelessness.

“We’re grateful for our close relationship with Hilltop,” explains Josh Davis, Morningside’s Executive Director, “they consistently think of us and make meaningful and generous contributions to support the Shelter and our programs. We’re thrilled to be part of the Tiny House Raffle again this year. Having been granted nearly $3,000 in proceeds from the 2013 raffle - we’re so pleased to be included again!”

Hilltop Montessori School is an independent school serving economically diverse children 18 months through eighth grade. For more information visit www.hilltopmontessori.org.

Libby Bennett, Development Director, Morningside Shelter
802.257.0066 x101, lbennett@morningsideshelter.org
Amelia Farnum, Development Director, Hilltop Montessori School
802.257.0500 x107, afarnum@hilltopmontessori.org


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