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Walden Green classroom receives Mudita gift

• Oct 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

FERRYSBURG — Students at the Naymba School in the African country of Zambia are looking forward to a new art program for their school thanks to a $500 Mudita gift.

Jennifer Prescott and her fourth- and fifth-grade students at Walden Green Montessori in Ferrysburg were the recipients of the most recent Mudita award.

They worked together to write the winning grant proposal and will use the gift to assist the Zambian school. The intention is to implement an art program for the students while communicating, encouraging and working together online.

The school, in Chisamba, Zambia, was built for children who couldn’t travel the long distance to go to another school.

The students at Walden Green Montessori hosted a pop can drive to fund the remaining balance for art supplies and inspiring art books, and were also able to purchase outdoor play equipment for the Naymba School.

Besides working on their writing skills during this process, the Walden Green students researched art products and costs, created a digital slide show to share with their friends in Africa, and even worked on their math skills by converting pounds to dollars to order supplies.

The Mudita gift was sponsored by Dan Qualls LPC and Extended Grace, a local nonprofit that assists those with mental illness, addictions and disabilities.

“The Mudita gift is a vehicle for someone in the community to learn about and support good ideas that might not otherwise be known,” Qualls said. “It was a good way to support Extended Grace and the amazing work it does in our community while helping fund a great idea.”

Mudita gift awards are given to individuals who have creative ideas for making the world a better place. Applications are available online at extendedgrace.org or at the Momentum Center, 714 Columbus Ave., Grand Haven.

Mudita is Sanskrit for “I rejoice in your good fortune.”

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