Montessori playground is dedicated

University’s lab school principal, staff and parents raised money for new equipment, landscaping and mural | May 12, 2004

Xavier University's Montessori Lab School dedicates and blesses its newly revamped playground on Monday, May 17.

Parents and staff raised money to pay for the new equipment as well as a sand box, new landscaping in and around the play area and a beautiful mosaic mural.

"The beauty of the new playground is a symbol of respect for the child," said Beth Bronsil, director of Montessori Education. "This is a fundamental principle of the Montessori philosophy."

The Montessori Lab School, which houses around 50 students, is the cornerstone of the Montessori teacher education program at Xavier. Led by principal Heidi Larson, the school serves as a model of developmental theory in action not only for Montessori education students, but also for students in the traditional teacher education program and the community at large.

Receiving both national and international recognition, the Montessori teacher education program and the Lab School are highly regarded among its Montessori peers. Xavier University was the first college or university in the United States to offer a master's degree in 1965 and bachelor's degree in 1975 in Montessori education.

The dedication of the refurbished park takes place at 1:30 p.m., with Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., on hand for the blessing and dedication. The school is located on the lower levels of the Joseph Building at 1024 Dana Ave.