Montessori United 5K Race and Kids Fun Run – November 18, 2021

KEY WEST, FL – There are two Montessori schools along United Street in Key West, and this year they are partnering up to co-host a 5K race and family fun run at Higgs Beach on Sunday, November 14, at 8:00 a.m.  This fundraiser event includes a 5K, a 1-mile race and a half-mile kids’ fun run. Pre-registration is $30 for adults and $15 for kids and the proceeds benefit May Sands Montessori School and The Montessori Children’s School. Visit to register.

Founded in 1972, The Montessori Children’s School, located at 1221 Varela Street, is Key West’s oldest Montessori program. As a private, non-profit school, its program educates children from 18 months through 6th grade.

May Sands Montessori School, located at 1400 United Street, is Monroe County’s first charter school. Established almost 25 years ago, this tuition-free Montessori option serves students from Key West and the Lower Keys in grades VPK through 8th

Both schools offer the distinctive Montessori educational model to local families. The methodology involves multi-grade classrooms and an extensive curriculum implemented with hands-on materials and cross-discipline learning. Amy O’Connor, Executive Director of the Children’s School, explains, “A Montessori teacher is trained to introduce a child to may activities and concepts based upon their knowledge of child development and observations of the children, ultimately resulting in an individualized education for each child.” Lynn Barras, Principal of May Sands Montessori, adds, “Many parents today are looking for alternatives to the one-size-fits all approach of the traditional education in this country, and Montessori education provides a more child-led, empowering approach.” 

The Montessori United 5K has the support of more than 25 community businesses. Top sponsors include Kimpton Key West, Key West Cooling Co., Tarpon Diem, Seaside Café, Barefoot Appraisal, Opal Key Resort, Cuban Coffee Queen and Two Oceans Digital.

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