Madison Montessori School

Benjamin Robert Wieler Scholarship

The Benjamin Robert Wieler Scholarship Fund was established in September 2009 by Stephen, Susan and Matt Wieler in memory of their son and brother Ben. Ben died while studying in Barcelona and his fund exists to assist children from Spanish-speaking families who would not otherwise be able to attend our school.

Ben was a remarkable four-year-old boy when he came to us in 1993. His kindness, confidence, and “all out smile” made an indelible impression on adults and children alike. He was our “fixer and mender,” a child who loved to have fun but who was also drawn to anyone having a bad day. He had a talent for making things better and was a friend to everyone without exception. Ben was also an energetic preschooler who loved nothing more than to try something new, whether on the playground or in the classroom. These qualities did not fade away but only became more evident as he grew into a young man.

Ben’s easel now stands in our lobby on a mat made with love and care by Madison Montessori students. The easel beckons to the youngest children, often the younger siblings of current students, and they respond. It has thus become the MMS “first classroom” for the children who now gather there each morning, and stands as a loving testament to Ben’s days at MMS and the happiness and joy he continues to inspire at our school each day.

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