(Senate - May 20, 2019)

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 Mr. SCOTT of South Carolina. Mr. President, it is my privilege 
to recognize and commend the Montessori School of Greenville for nearly 
50 years of community service and teaching. At the end of this month, 
former teachers, directors, local educators, alumni, and students will 
gather to honor this longstanding educational leader in the Upstate as 
they close their doors.
  The Greenville Montessori School has been a true model of education, 
since its humble beginnings from a church basement in 1970. At that 
time, it was the first Montessori school in the State of South 
Carolina. Since then, it has maintained the authentic principles and 
practices of the Montessori curriculum and developed a skilled staff 
and educational materials that provided training to countless teachers, 
helped establish other Montessori schools, and influenced alternative 
education models in the region and State.
  This school developed a passion for learning, a sense of 
accountability, and a value for independent work in thousands of 
children in the Upstate. Many of these children grew up and sent their 
own children to this school, and it became a place for families and 
lifelong friends.
  Today I celebrate the parents and educators who pushed and continue 
to push for improved educational offerings and programs like this one. 
Their work is informing and guiding the evolution of the school system 
and its offerings to provide safe environments and rigorous curriculums 
that will ensure our State's children can effectively compete in the 
local and global workforce and productively contribute to our society.
  I would like to recognize and honor the Montessori School of 
Greenville and every type of K-12 school--public, private, charter 
school, homeschool, and online--that helps prepare our next generation 
for college, the workforce, and the amazing opportunities that lie 
  I pass along my sincerest gratitude to the many directors, educators, 
and local leaders involved with Greenville Montessori School in the 
past 50 years for contributing to and perpetuating the most important 
and precious opportunity we can offer our children: an