The class was given a tour of Covenant House by its executive director, Ellen Allen, who showed students around the building and described the organization's purpose -- to help unemployed, homeless and low-income people find housing opportunities, receive food vouchers, get everyday supplies and even do laundry or take a shower.
"It was founded in the community and remains that way today," Allen told students during the tour.
Covenant House is not a shelter; it is primarily an advocacy organization designed to help people with the programs it provides or direct them to its partner organizations in the community.
"We provide compassion and support," said Wilsie Herlihy, Covenant House's drop-in center coordinator. "We are unique in what we do, but we all work together. We're sort of the hub everyone comes to; if you don't know where to send someone with a certain problem, send them here. We won't drop the ball; we will work with that person until we can get them to the resources that they need."
Covenant House is always in need of funding and supplies, Herlihy said, and the donation made by Charleston Montessori School will amount to two months' worth of toothpaste for the agency to give out.
This is not the first time that a national company has recognized Charleston Montessori School's recycling efforts.
In July, Huggies gave the school diapers that they plan to donate to the YWCA in Charleston.
Meera Hartman, 10, said that the school has also collected items during the summer, and that she and her family have been recycling at home through the program.
"I think it's important to help our environment, because we cause problems, and we did things that made everything worse, and now everybody's complaining about how things are and nobody's doing much to fix it," Hartman said. "I thought it was time people started doing things and stepping out of their comfort zones to help the environment."
For more information on the Charleston Montessori School, located at 805 Price Street, visit www.charlestonmontessori.com.Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.