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School Leaders Discuss New Initiatives

PTA’s adult-education arm welcomed over 70 parents and educators last week for its inaugural meeting at the Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course. There was a feeling of excitement and change in the air due to the new venue, and the speakers continued the theme.

Coffee Break

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...

A Homerun Fundraiser for Local Schools

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...

Epic Challenge Raises Funds and Spirits

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...

Ann Quilter Named Woman of the Year

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...

Class Notes

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...

Spare Change Teaches Decision-making

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...

Spots Available for ‘Out on the Town’ Fundraiser

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 togethe...

Charlton Boyd

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...

Coat Collecting

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.

Goodwill Thrives Among Students

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...

Carnival Ventures Into the Haunted Wild West

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...
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