Photo courtesy of Michele Wilensky.
Skye Otter, Willa Rose Akins, Lily Rourk and Catherine Hinson celebrate Hilltop Montessori’s 20th anniversary.
Hilltop Montessori School celebrated its 20th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the school with a cake celebration and special decorations in the morning carpool line to greet the students. The school then held an “after party” at Treetop Family Adventures in Shelby County.
To commemorate the occasion, Shiela Jones, the school’s office manager, created a three-tier birthday cake, which paid tribute to the school’s past, present and the future. The bottom tier was decorated with various Montessori materials, which were part of the school’s mission from the very first day. The middle tier of the cake was a beautiful tribute to the current LEED-certified green school and the top tier represented the donor wall that will be shaped as a tree and will grace the entrance of the Phase Three Expansion Project, which is currently under construction.
The students began their day by being greeted with a special balloon entrance, farm animals and a banner that was made by the upper elementary students. At the end of the day, the children gathered in the day-lit foyer and all sang happy birthday to the school. Students and faculty wore special green tie-dye shirts to honor the occasion and then the school hosted an “after-party” at Treetop Family Adventures, courtesy of the Parrish family. The students enjoyed go-kart rides and other fun activities and dined on Italian ices, courtesy of the school.
The school is also currently expanding with a Phase Three construction, so celebrating the birthday was especially meaningful as the school looks forward to another great 20 years serving the Birmingham community.
– Submitted by Michele Wilensky, head of school.