Support MSD’s Special Events

Raise your paddles at MSD’s Auction!

The auction supports MSD’s Annual Fund while our Paddle Raise goes to a specific project, such as Outdoor Learning Environments.

The Auction and Paddle Raise support our students, staff, and school. Our community bands together for the biggest fundraiser of the year. Before the dancing starts, we raise our paddles to support a new initiative, which has funded three buses, Urban Farm, professional development, and outdoor learning spaces. We hope you join us in raising our paddles high to continue enhancing MSD’s spaces and environments so our community continues learning and growing.

Join the Read-A-Thon movement! #read4MSD


MSD’s goal is to have every student read, be read to, or practice building literacy skills for at least 20 minutes every day, especially during Read-A-Thon. Teachers and families love seeing their students read, and in-class reading, audiobooks, podcasts, and read-along systems all count! Students received a handy reading log, and they can also track online.

Read-A-Thon supports Tuition Adjustment funding. Businesses, individuals, and families are needed to help make this possible! Sponsors received their name or logo on our website, social media, souvenir bookmarks, signage, and special recognition in MSD’s community updates.

With over 200 families and 300 students, your generosity makes our dynamic education accessible to more families.


Cheer on MSD with a fun run!

The Fun Run experience is a fitness fundraiser that kicks off with a high-energy Pep Rally. The Pep Rally “Huddles” will be led by our amazing Middle School student leaders.

Students gather pledges from family and friends, near and far. Instead of selling something, your child gathers pledges from friends and family for each lap that your child runs at the Fun Run.

Plus, it’s 100% inclusive and no child is left out. Fun Run funds go right back to helping MSD be the best it can be by supporting Technology in the classroom.

Supporting MSD FAQs

Are you wondering… What is the Annual Fund? How can I help beautify campus? Why does my help matter? Can I contribute by volunteering? You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

Why does MSD need an Annual Fund?

Like many independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating our children and operating our school. Annual events, such as the Auction, help fill this gap and is critical to the continued success of MSD. In 2021-2022, the gap is $1,677 per student. There are seven buckets that your gift will impact, including:

  • Montessori Experiences
  • Professional Development
  • Montessori Materials
  • Facilities
  • Technology
  • Tuition Adjustment
  • General Fund
Why not raise tuition to cover the actual operating costs?

MSD strives to be a community, valuing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. By raising tuition, MSD risks losing this diversity we strive for, so our community needs to help bridge the gap of $1,677 per student. Some families can give at the gap level, some give what they can, while others are able to give more than the gap to help our school. Together, we gather up all the gifts to keep the goodness going. In short, every gift matters. And in this way, we offer all our parents an opportunity to make ta tax-deductible gift while keeping tuition as low as possible. By bridging the gap, you’re helping to ensure MSD is as inclusive a student body as possible while maintaining our competitiveness, both locally and nationally.

When is the best time to donate?

We value your time, talents, and treasure and have events throughout the year, with some on and off campus, as well as virtual options. A tax-deductible donation is always welcome but key donation periods include the following: Read-A-Thon, Fun Runs, and Fall Fest happen in Autumn. In Winter, MSD participates in Colorado Gives Day. In Spring, parents, caregivers, and staff come together for an Auction and Paddle Raise.

In 2022, we are pleased to announce an in-person auction at the Colorado History Museum on Saturday, April 23! Click here to learn more about the auction, such as how to contribute, its theme Rock of Ages, and schedule of events.

How can I participate in beautifying MSD?

The Stephanie Pax Flanigan Legacy Gate was thoughtfully designed with dashes of beautiful bronze accents to include 66 icons that illustrate how Stephanie’s and MSD’s story are linked together. There are 18 icons in the archway, carefully selected to represent each year of her tenure at MSD. Each icon is available for a minimum donation of $2,500. Icon sponsorships are limited to three school years per donation. A donor recognition plaque will be located at the Gate’s site. Please consider joining hands with other MSD families like yours to celebrate Stephanie’s love for MSD and have a BIG impact at MSD!

In addition to supporting the Legacy Gate, these funds contribute to MSD’s two $5,000 summer sabbatical grants each year. Faculty and staff apply for funds for an activity outside of education that will recharge their batteries and promote personal growth. The positive impact the sabbaticals have on our community is truly inspirational. Recipients of Summer Sabbatical funds share their experiences with the MSD community in a variety of ways, such as the MSD Bee Newsletter.


DOWNLOAD THE FORM TO PLEDGE OR PAY BY CHECK. Printed copies of the form are available in the Welcome Center.

Learn more about the Legacy Gate

Why does my participation matter?

We rely on the MSD community, including parents, grandparents, Trustees, families, alumni, and friends, to help make the campus the best it can be (historically, 100% of faculty and staff participate, helping our nonprofit school be eligible for grants!) These contributions of ANY and ALL amounts make this a community effort. Your contribution supports our not-for-profit organization. MSD is dedicated to providing a dynamic educational (and working) environment. In addition, our goal is for the entire MSD community to participate, such as sharing time, talents, and treasure.

Does MSD have Special Funds?

YES! The Tracy Collins Schwartz Endowment (TCSE) Fund was established in memory of Tracy Collins Schwartz. Tracy was the President of the Montessori School of Denver Parent Association for the 2007-08 school year. The mother of three MSD students, Tracy worked tirelessly on behalf of the school. She loved life, embracing each day to the fullest. No task was ever too small, and her enthusiasm and love for the school were evident in everything that she did. Although Tracy’s unexpected passing left a void in our hearts, Tracy’s work and spirit live on. The purpose and use of the Endowment Fund are to remember Tracy each year by creating an extraordinary experience for the students at MSD. Learn more about MSD’s endowment here.