Our Family would like to express sincere gratitude and thanks for four amazing years at your school. It is hard to believe our time has come to leave, and since you have become like family to all of us, but most dearly to our only child Mia, moving on will be bittersweet.

We are so proud of what Mia has accomplished during her years at Growing Light. We had little knowledge of Montessori Education and when we were fortunate enough to find your school we still weren’t sure if we were ready to put Mia in a program at 3 years old. The friendly and nurturing environment, as well as an obvious educational surrounding, convinced us that it would in her best interest to spend time with other children if even for a few mornings a week. Little did we know that she would show us how capable, independent, and respectful a 3-year-old can be. She has gone from learning real-life tasks, wonderful social skills, and what our world is all about, to completing Kindergarten with amazing Reading, Writing, and Math skills. Keeping her at Growing Light for her Kindergarten year was the best decision we could have made and I believe that the confidence and leadership skills she has developed during her last year with you will benefit her for life.

As parents, we too have learned so much from this experience. Thank you for showing us how to let Mia be independent and to do for herself when she is able. Your guidance, support, and knowledge have meant more than you will ever know. I asked Mia today what she will miss most after graduating from Growing Light. She said “EVERYTHING”! I can honestly say that Brent and I feel the same way. Mrs. Harrigan, Mrs. Stafford, Mrs. deBotelho, and Mrs. Martin, thank you for everything you have done for our family and thank you for giving Mia the “Best Start” in school she could have ever asked for.

We will Truly miss you!

The Merrills
Mia, Tanya, & Brent