Party Dress Donations Wanted
Donations are needed of gently worn prom dresses, party dresses, formal dresses, or bridesmaid dresses for the “Belle of the Ball” event for foster care and at-risk teen girls in Orange County.
Especially needed are contemporary and plus size dresses, along with accessories such as dress shoes, jewelry and jewelry sets, and evening purses, according to organizer Sara Bazant, who needs donations by March 5.
The event is hosted by Girls Inc., Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Orange Coast College and Women Helping Women.
For more info, visit www.orangewoodfoundation.org/belle.”
El Morro Presses for Positive Behavior
Last month, El Morro Elementary held assemblies to introduce students to a new element of an anti-bullying program, “Social Responsibility and Bully Prevention.”
“Research shows that early childhood is a critical time for teaching children social skills,” said Irene White, LBUSD director of special education and student services, who emphasized the importance of developing skills to solve conflicts.
El Morro staff members attended training for the program at the Orange County Department of Education, before introducing the new concepts to students. One program goal is to help students differentiate between having a conflict and true bullying, and a video clip showed staff behaving the wrong way and students demonstrating the right way to behave in typical situations. Strategies such as “Stop, Walk and Talk” (stop and use a “time out” hand signal, walk away, talk to an adult) were suggested as a means of dealing with unkind treatment from another student.
The social responsibility and bully prevention instruction will be followed up in the classroom and reinforced at the school’s flag assemblies twice a month.
“Through education and awareness, it is my hope that bullying is minimized and eliminated,” said El Morro principal Chris Duddy. “We want every student to feel emotionally and physically safe; bullying of any kind is unacceptable.”
Students to Make Gifts for Servicemen
Parent volunteers are needed at Top of the World Elementary during lunchtime on Wednesday, Feb. 16, to assist with “Let’s Express Our Gratitude,” a service project for soldiers.
The PTA Community Service Program project from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. will give students the opportunity to make fleece scarves and cards in the multi-purpose room. They will be sent as an expression of support, according to a PTA announcement.