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"It's a way to maximize the fun and impact of our campaign. Creativity is an important aspect of a Montessori child's experience. Children touch and manipulate everything in their environment, so a puzzle is a perfect metaphor for the culture and community here."
Using Photo Studio, Janice took a beautiful spring scene of the campus and merged it with a photo of a young student gazing upwards at the school. In the right foreground is a memorial to peace, which the children created after 9/11 by painting bricks and putting them around the base of the flagpole.
Jim turned the photo into a 311-piece custom puzzle made up of enchanting animal shapes. He blew up one of his standard puzzle designs to 22x31" so the individual puzzle pieces are larger than normal. "Jim took my concept and turned it into something so lovely," Janice said. "I'm just over the moon about it!"
Each parent will receive a piece of the specially-made puzzle inviting them to make a gift to the school. When they return their contribution, they'll send it along with their puzzle piece, which will be added to the puzzle on display on the school lobby. "We can all watch as the puzzle progresses, and our families can see how they're helping to complete the picture here," Janice said.
Janice will keep the puzzle under wraps until the campaign begins in the fall. "I've taken the puzzle home and have spent hours pouring over it. I have so enjoyed putting it together -- even the most challenging parts. I know our families who are always so generous will be eager to support the upcoming annual fund drive -- and see the finished puzzle revealed!"