The Swannanoa Valley Montessori School is Raising Money by MAGIC!


Montessori School Poster

The Swannanoa Valley Montessori School has teamed up with The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. to bring magic to Black Mountain on February 20 to raise money for the school’s annual fund drive. Live Your Dreams Magic Show is a two-hour event, including an intermission, which will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Carver Center Gymnasium, 101 Carver Avenue.

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities find their passion and meaning through the arts. With a diverse group of professional entertainers from magicians to jugglers to storytellers to singers The Vanishing Wheelchair guarantees a memorable and inspirational time for the entire family. “We have a talented group of people,” says T.J. Shimeld, president of The Vanishing Wheelchair, “who are living their dreams and are an inspiration to watch perform.”

The Swannanoa Valley Montessori’s vision/mission states: “We are building a sustainable and vital environment for children to actualize their full human potential and bring about peace in the world.”

A Montessori school is a learning center based on the whole child educational approach of Maria Montessori (1870-1952), the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome. She believed that children have a natural, spontaneous interest in learning. A Montessori program is directed at helping each child reach full potential in all areas of life. “We’re excited to be teaming up with this great group of entertainers,” states Katie Hanning, director of the Swannanoa Valley Montessori School. “It is a fun way that we can raise needed funds.”

Tickets are on sale now and will also be available at the door: $10 for adults and $5 for children. Contact the Montessori school at 828-669-8571 for more information or to purchase tickets.

T.J. Shimeld and Singer Kelti Buchholz


Press inquires contact:

Katie Hanning, Director,

Swannanoa Valley Montessori School



T.J. Shimeld, President,

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.