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LETTERS TO THE EDITORS I was delighted to read Marjorie Ann had mine from all those years before. are now in our second year of the Lombard’s article, “A Clear Voice For She was thrilled, and I was honored to Reading Buddies program. All of our Montessori: Elisabeth Caspari” (Vol. be able to return to her this little book extended day classes wanted to pair 21, No. 1, 2009). I had the unique that I had so treasured. up with an older elementary reading opportunity of taking piano lessons The last time I saw Dr. Caspari buddy. New friendships have formed, from Dr. Caspari during my years at was at an AMS convention in Miami and our school community is closer Alexander Montessori School in Miami in 1995. She was an amazing woman, than ever. The parents love the inter- in the early 1970s. I remember the and truly someone that kept the fire action between the classes, and the eagerness I had when the day for les- of Montessori burning brightly. Now joy of reading that the children have sons would arrive, and I was so very a mother of three, I have my own when they share books with an older proud of my little music book that Dr. school, and I attribute that to three or younger friend. Reading Buddies Caspari and I made together. I must people: my mother Rosemary Fleck, is a new Racine Montessori School admit, as an aside, that for a long time I Beverly McGhee (founder of Alexander tradition!” thought Caspari was Maria Montessori! Montessori), and, of course, Dr. Caspari. Thanks again for your help in Later, while I was in high school, It’s a tough legacy to live up to, but I finding the article! Dr. Caspari made a visit to our home wouldn’t want to be doing anything Rita Lewis, Administrator in Charleston, SC. She and my mother else! Racine Montessori School spent many hours discussing Melissa Fleck-Aller Racine, WI Montessori, and I listened intently, Trinity Montessori School fascinated by this remarkable woman. Charleston, SC Your recent column, “Changes and It was this visit that convinced me that Changes” (Vol. 21, No. 1, 2009), makes I would become a Montessori teacher, Last year, you helped me find an old reference to a website that does not for it was a time in my life that I felt Montessori Life article that dealt with quite get your reader where they passionately the desire to serve. Dr. “reading buddies,” and you asked for need to go. The correct link is: Caspari showed me that there could a follow-up when we started our http://www.barackobama.com/pdf/is be no greater service than service to Reading Buddies program again this sues/education/Fact_Sheet_Educatio a child.
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