Akumal Montessori School Christmas Posada

Centro Comunitario Otoch Paal Montessori School in Akumal offers high-quality early childhood education to families in the Riviera Maya. Otoch Paal opened in 2004 with only two classrooms and has grown to include an English classroom, an additional preschool classroom (ages 3-5) and a kiosk for school events.

The school does not receive any state/federal funding, but also does not function like a "typical" private school. From its inception, Otoch Paal has been a community center based on a grassroots model of participation. It was created to help fill an urgent need for the low-income families of the area, many of whom are working parents with few alternatives for child care. Education at Otoch Paal is available to all children, provided the parents are willing to put in time to fulfill their service at the school. Only 25% of the families at the school pay full tuition. Low-income parents who otherwise would not be able to afford education of this caliber (the majority of the school’s families) are given the option to contribute their labor in lieu of paying tuition, with each parent doing three hours of work per week at the school. They engage in tasks such as helping make the classroom materials, and cleaning and maintenance of the center and its grounds.

This holiday season, please consider making a financial donation and/or bringing supplies to Otoch Paal. In addition, please let your friends and family know about our school—we have openings for preschool children from 18-months to kindergarten!

Our Christmas Posada is scheduled for Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the school and is open to the community. Come visit us and see what we are all about! We are located in the Pueblo of Akumal, one block off the central road on Yalku, next door to the public elementary school.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information: Centro Comunitario Otoch Paal Facebook Page. Thank you for your support!

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