Mountaintop Montessori donates check to Bennett's Village

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Middle school students at Mountaintop Montessori School presented a check for $1,000 to Bennett's Village on Friday.

The students raised the money from their plays and school businesses throughout the year.

In November, the students also worked on a design showing what they wanted to include in the soon-to-be park.

Heather Cormons, a teacher at Mountaintop Montessori, said students have been dedicated to Bennett's Village and wanted to do something special for Brian Gibney and Kara McClurken to help them with the project.

"From the very beginning, our students were so excited about the Bennett's Village project and they could really see the importance of bringing this inclusive playground to Charlottesville," Cormons said. "They went up to him the very first day and said we want to raise some money for this project."

Eighth-grader Ella Farina said the project has become important to her and she is happy to be a part of the project.

"Just seeing him be so emotional and happy really made me happy because this project is so important to me that when it affects other people, it makes me really happy," said Farina. "It really shows the work that we have done, is really having an effect and that's really important to me."

Mountaintop Montessori said it looks forward to working with Bennett's Village in the future.

Bennett's Village will be presenting its ideas for the all-abilities park to the Charlottesville City Council during the meeting Monday night.

Councilors are expected to make a decision on the future of the park at the meeting.

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