A ROOM WITH A VIEW
Celebrations with children typically involve a party, cake and ice cream. However, a local school decided to buck tradition with a more unique celebration. Mount Dora's Montessori at Roseborough is utilizing a Donnelly Street storefront to recreate a "Glass Classroom" that was originally installed at an international expo in San Francisco in 1915. The goal, then and now, was to demonstrate to the public that young children have a natural love of learning and capacity for independence.
Today through Saturday twenty-three young children, ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 6 years old, will celebrate the centennial of the glass classroom by learning inside the downtown storefront. The public is invited to peer through the windows into their daily educational world. The Mount Dora exhibition was the brainchild of Mikie Seabaugh-Alford, who has taught at the local Montessori school for 16 years. According to Merry Hadden, the school's director, Seabaugh-Alford's goal was to celebrate the anniversary in a manner that would increase awareness of Montessori education, a method that centers on natural childhood development.
Montessori at Roseborough began in Mount Dora in 1994 on Clayton Street before moving to its present location on 5th Avenue. Currently, the school provides programs from infancy through middle school that were founded on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori's first school in 1907.
Mount Dora's "Glass Classroom" exhibit can be found downtown on Donnelly Street, next to The Spice & Tea Exchange with hours between 9am-2pm through Saturday. For more weekend events, visit the calendar at www.MountDoraBuzz.com/calendar.
MOUNT DORA'S YOGI MAKES A HOUSE CALL
As a wonderful and quaint small town, Mount Dora attracts many friendly residents. Although stunningly beautiful, some furry residents are just too neighborly. This video was shot yesterday in the Lake Gertrude area where this black bear has seemingly called home for the last few months. The animal was likely attracted to the full garbage can across the street and continues to live in the area due to an abundant source of food. To discourage bears from perceiving neighborhoods as a bountiful buffet, residents are encouraged to leave their trash cans inside their garage until pick-up day, keep pet food inside and remove remove bird feeders from their yards. Once a bear's food source is eliminated, it will naturally move on to another area. If you do come across a bear, making loud noises with pots and pans or an air horn will typically drive them away.