We hope you come back to complete your donation.
Your gift to the 2019-2020 MIR Fund is vital to supporting and enhancing our students' education now and into the future. MIR is an independent school, which means we do not receive outside funding from any other organization unless we apply for grants. Your donation is vital to ensure we can successfully fulfill the mission of the school for our students.
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If you have a question or concern about completing your donation, please contact Jessica Bailiff.
Thank you for continuing to support the MIR Fund.
Your donation will support MIR students and families immediately by
- Helping to retain the teachers, assistants, and support staff who make a difference in students' lives every day.
- Maintaining our regular financial aid fund for students whose families experience financial difficulties unrelated to COVID-19.
Your donation will support MIR students and families for the long term by
- Helping to ensure the continued financial security of the school.
- Providing funding to maintain and enhance our campus and classroom learning environments.
MIR is an independent school, which means we do not receive outside funding from any other organization unless we apply for grants. Your donation is vital to ensure we can successfully fulfill the mission of the school for our students.
The MIR Fund is an annual giving program that supplements MIR’s budget to ensure we can provide the best education and opportunities for your child.
Your gift pays for
- Professional development for staff. Teachers, assistants, and support staff all have a direct impact on your child’s education and well-being. The MIR Fund helps pay for their continued training and development.
- Campus and classroom improvements. The classrooms and campus are the prepared learning environment for your child. The MIR Fund pays for the big projects that make this among the best campuses in Redlands.
- Financial assistance for current MIR families experiencing unexpected financial difficulties. The MIR Fund provides for aid to allow children to stay at MIR.
Tuition covers the cost of your child’s education—the great classrooms and materials, your child’s teacher’s salary and benefits, and necessities such as keeping the lights on and toilets flushing. The MIR Fund pays for the investments that make this a great school for your child.
Specific recent investments include (but are not limited to):
- Converting the entire north campus to solar to significantly reduce electricity costs, especially the cost of cooling five large buildings.
- Converting the entire campus to drought tolerant landscaping, which has reduced MIR’s water usage by 10,000 gallons a day (not a typo).
- Building the new Student Services Center to serve more students and more effectively.
Use of the MIR Fund for these investments means more of your tuition money is directly spent on your child’s education.
Support and enhance your child’s education now, and strengthen the school for future generations.
Donors who give $1,000 or more will earn a dedicated paver in MIR's Legacy Path.
As parents, we want our children to help willingly, to be kind to others, and to be unselfish in sharing their things. MIR asks parents to model that same spirit by
- Assisting in the classroom
- Volunteering as a PTM room representative
- Supporting PTM and student events and fundraising as appropriate
- Donating to the MIR Fund
Donations to MIR are used for:
- Student financial assistance
- Faculty training and development
- Improvements to the campus
Fundraising at MIR
MIR was founded on a legacy of generosity, and sustained by the gifts of time, talent, and resources of generations of families and community members.
In 1976, Leon and Margie Armantrout, along with a handful of other parents, had a vision to create a Montessori school in Redlands. They raised $10,000 to finance the first classroom by selling a treasured classic car and through a donation from Margie's aunt. Since then, countless families, friends, and community members have continued that legacy to ensure the quality and viability of the school for generations.