Community Support Network/FHM Foundation

Our History

When Free Horizon Montessori was established in 2002, the founders also created a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation named the Free Horizon Montessori Foundation. The purpose of the foundation was to serve as the fundraising arm of the school and provide an independent bank account from which the school could draw upon to support itself.


Why name the organization the Community Support Network?

In 2006, the Foundation Board reorganized and renamed itself the Community Support Network (or CSN). The CSN’s name is derived from its commitment to support the Free Horizon Montessori community both financially and in spirit. Its focus is to build community, organize volunteer opportunities, fundraise, support our families and staff, and enhance the educational programming at our school. We strive to support Individualized Education, Engaging Curriculum, and Strong Community for our school and our children.

Who is the CSN?

The CSN is made up of every community member at Free Horizon Montessori – yes, that means YOU!

What is the CSN?

The CSN is similar to a PTO. It is a Parent-Teacher partnership supporting the students of Free Horizon Montessori through fundraising and volunteerism. The CSN board is made up of 10 parents, one staff liaison, and in all dedicated to making Free Horizon Montessori the best school for our children.

What is the CSN known for?

We do many exciting and important things for the school – plan parties and community-building events, welcome new families, raise money so our kids have the materials they need and our staff has the training necessary to make our classrooms exceptional, and help parents find ways they can contribute to our school – both in and out of the classroom. “Research shows that kids with involved parents get better grades, have fewer discipline problems, and are more likely to pass their classes and go on to higher education.” (PTO Today Magazine, January 2009)

How can YOU get involved?

We want you to participate in whatever way you can! Whether you want to organize a fundraising event or just attend one – We Welcome You!

If you are curious to find out about what is happening at our school, please come to one of our meetings. We typically meet on the last Tuesday of every month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the school, and often socialize offsite afterward. The meetings are where we plan events, discuss priorities, and brainstorm how we can meet the needs of our community. You can also contact the Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

For more information about the CSN, community events, after school enrichment programs, fundraising, volunteer opportunities and much more, please check out our web site at

We look forward to seeing you at a meeting or at the next event! We can’t wait to get to know you and your family!

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