One of the community’s most popular traditions and annual gatherings returns for the 25th year! Houston Independent School District’s Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet’s Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction is the place where volunteers serve up thousands of free pancakes each year. This year a carnival will be added to celebrate this special 25th milestone. Please join us for this fantastic event from 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb. 2, at 901 Sue Barnett Drive.
Volunteer dads and granddads will fire up the griddle while hot Katz’s coffee will be poured and thousands of dollars’ worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned off – all to support a public school with a lengthy waiting list. Prospective student applications have surged immensely since the former neighborhood elementary school became an all-campus Montessori magnet program serving Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Montessori on campus, the GOMM Pancake Breakfast will be unveiling a carnival amusement park which will include bounce houses, an obstacle course, rock wall, craft stations, potato sack races, ping pong and much, much more! Wristbands will be pre-sold for $10, and $15 at the door.
Garden Oaks Montessori invites all supporters to enjoy the free pancakes, syrup, sausage and coffee. Attendees are encouraged to bid on auction items as GOMM depends upon the generous donations and participation in the silent auction as well as sales from the carnival to raise money for the school. These funds are essential to the success of the Montessori program. Due to the State of Texas’ recapture of local funds (taking money from the local school district), it is now more vital than ever to support this cause.
“PBSA is an annual community event and a neighborhood “tradition”. “It is wonderful to see the generosity of neighbors, parents and donors in making this event a success year after year” explains Amabelle Cowan, PTO President.
Sponsored by the GOMM Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), the pancake breakfast helps cover funding gaps. Key among the school’s needs are scholarships for three-year-old Pre-K students, Montessori teacher training, field trips, as well as student art and enrichment programs.
This year marks the 25th year of the pancake breakfast. We will be celebrating with the community the success and growth of our public montessori program. “Dr. Maria Montessori wrote about maximizing each child’s unique abilities, and that’s what we strive to do at GOMM every day” explains Principal Pollock.
The school completed a major building construction this summer, which was funded by the 2012 HISD bond election. Currently 867 students attend Garden Oaks, up from 575 in 2011 when a $3 million U.S. Department of Education grant paved the transition to an ALL-Montessori Magnet with an emphasis on environmental sciences. More than 1,000 applicants already fill the waiting list for 2019-2020 school year.
During the breakfast and before the popular auction ends, entertainment and kids’ activities fill the school grounds, while parents and community members are giving guided tours of classrooms that open into vegetable, herb and native gardens sprinkled throughout the tree-lined campus.
An orientation session for parents and community members interested in Montessori education will be held at 9:00 a.m.
Free pancakes and bidding for the silent auction will close at 10:30 a.m., and the carnival will continue until noon.
Last year’s Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction raised more than $30,000.
To underwrite a portion of the annual breakfast or to donate auction items, please contact Silent Auction Coordinator Mandy Leal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet, call (713) 696-2930.