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La Paz Community School is a private preschool, primary and secondary school in Guanacaste, Costa Rica that educates over 130 children from ages 3 through 18 years old. Scholarships are offered to local Costa Rican children so that they can receive the same quality of education as those paying tuition. Unfortunately in our area, most children don’t remain in school past the fifth grade. The children attending La Paz are staying in school and working towards becoming future leaders in their communities. They are bi-lingual, bi-cultural, and confident about their choices for their future.

As it stands now, when businesses look for leaders they tend to recruit in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, because there are no rural children with the same type of schooling. The idea of the scholarship program is to develop the local children into the next generation of leaders within their own communities.


General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

Art Supplies:
Craft Scissors and Watercolor Brushes and Paints

Reference Materials:
(English and Spanish) Dictionaries

Text/Reading Books:
(English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Story Books and Language/Grammar

Computer Hardware/Software:
Working Laptops

Sports/Outdoor Activity:
Re-usable Water Bottles

New or Gently Used Children’s Shoes, Khaki Shorts, Sneakers/Trainers, and Swimsuits

Initiatives Supported

All the needs are current as of January 15, 2019

Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them.

Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.