For immediate release: Garden Groundbreaking at Libertas Public Montessori Charter School in Frayser


Contact:  Adam Guerrero or (901) 275-5637




FRAYSER, Memphis  10 June 2015 - Libertas is an innovative, neighborhood-based public charter school opening this summer in the Frayser community. Members of the press and the community are invited to join our teachers, staff, and neighborhood partners for the groundbreaking of our school’s unique gardening and permaculture program -- just one step in the neighborhood-wide effort to return Frayser to being one of Memphis’ destination communities. The event will take place Tuesday, 6/23, at 10 AM, at 3777 Edenburg Dr.


Having won a grant through GrowMemphis and Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, this groundbreaking event will present our brand-new raised garden beds - but also launch and present our unique program to the Memphis community.


As an extension of our rigorous and holistic Montessori educational program (summarized below), daily student life will incorporate academic learning and hands-on skill-building with plants, animals, and care of the local environment - including gardening, composting, animal care, sustainable energy practices such as rainwater collection, and more. Furthermore, to increase student physical activity level and foster peaceful recreation, Libertas is creating an “adventure playground.”


MORE ABOUT LIBERTAS: Libertas offers a private school-quality education in a tuition-free neighborhood school, with the rich and personalized learning method of Dr. Maria Montessori. Students work in multi-aged groups and advance at their own pace, with two teachers in the classroom, and engaging materials in the classroom. As part of the Achievement School District, Libertas is opening in what was Brookmeade Elementary. We serve students in Frayser, as well as Raleigh and North Memphis, and are enrolling students for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade, and will grow up through 6th grade in the next 5 years. Classes start August 5th.


Libertas is the first Montessori charter school in Tennessee, and the site of the first in the nation urban Montessori Teacher Institute & Residency.


What:   Libertas School Garden Groundbreaking

Where: 3777 Edenburg Dr, Memphis TN 38127

When:  Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10 am

Who:    Frayser and broader Memphis community and media

Why:    Education reform, charter schools, Montessori, Frayser