Parents meet school leaders, learn value of critical thinking Parents are invited to join the first PTA-sponsored parent education Coffee Break on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to meet district leaders and hear from expert Dr. Enoch Hale about the importance of developing higher-level thinking skills. Coffee Breaks this year are being held at Aliso Creek Inn […]
Over 1,600 Laguna Beach locals enjoyed the Angels win over the Kansas City Royals last Saturday, seated in a section together near the first-base line and raising $10,000 for local schools. The third annual Laguna family night at Angel stadium was the most successful yet, said PTA organizer and parent Kendall Clark, who has refined […]
Thurston Middle School’s Epic Challenge, a new fundraiser conceived by the school’s enterprising PTA, recently raised $23,000, all of which will directly support the school’s PTA and educational programs. Generously sponsored by Mission Hospital and Bank of America, the Epic Challenge was held during student P.E. classes at the end of last month and consisted […]
The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club selected Ann Quilter, a long time contributor to the community, as its recipient of the 2011 Woman of the Year award. Quilter, whose service to the community has been extensive and diverse, recently led the effort to aid victims of last December’s flood. “No one asked her to do it,” […]
Music Boosters Present ‘Jazz, Django and Jam’ Benefit Concert Music boosters will hold their 17th annual fundraiser at the Artists’ Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, to benefit the instrumental music department at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School. The Blues Offenders, made up of local musicians, will be the featured […]
By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Parents learned a fresh approach to teaching children about money from therapist and mother Vicki Hoefle during last Wednesday’s Coffee Break presentation. Hoefle’s method of teaching kids how to spend, save and give away their money is elegant in its simplicity and profound in its impact. As soon […]
Thurston Middle School’s PTA invites the public to join parents and staff on Wednesday, March 16, when they go “Out on the Town,” a progressive dinner between downtown Laguna restaurants. Guests will visit two designated restaurants in small groups before all joining together at Romeo Cucina for a light buffet supper and dancing. Several other local restaurants […]
Former Mayor, Civic Leader Dies at 91 Charlton Phillips “Charlie” Boyd, a former mayor who endeavored to improve Laguna Beach during his 50 years as a resident, passed away in Dana Point on Feb. 3, 2011. He was 91. Boyd was born June 5, 1919, one of eight children born to Jennie and Richard Boyd […]
Top of the World Elementary School families participated in a PTA-sponsored drive in December that collected 70 coats for the benefit of those in the community. The donations went to the Boys and Girls Club, the Laguna CSP Youth Shelter and the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.
This past holiday season all four public schools made good on the district’s commitment to make community service part of student education. Through various endeavors, students participated in everything from food drives and toy drives, to charity fundraisers and cleaning up the environment.
A friendly grade-level competition at Laguna Beach High School resulted in the collection of 1,500 pounds of food for Costa Mesa’s Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. For every pound of food donated, students received a raffle ticket for prizes donated by local businesses. The senior class won the competition by donating over 700 pounds of food.
Everyone from newborns to great-grandparents is invited to El Morro Elementary School’s annual Halloween carnival – the Boo Blast – on Friday, Oct. 29, from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. You don’t have to attend El Morro to have fun at Boo Blast. Sponsored by El Morro’s PTA, the Boo Blast is the largest fundraiser […]