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Schoolpower Thanks Ad Buyers

Schoolpower’s student directory raised $76,000 in advertising last year and supporters were treated to an appreciation dinner at Pacific Edge Hotel. The event earlier in the month also honored business alliance and new real estate honor roll sponsors, which contributed $50,000...

No Child Left Offline

Classrooms in Laguna Beach schools are evolving with the simultaneous use of multiple electronic devices. SchoolPower, the locally based nonprofit that supports public schools, donated $150,000 towards the recent wireless technology initiative, which the district matched with...

Elementary Principals Oust Defending Champs

SchoolPower’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge V, a competition that pits Laguna’s principals against each other in devising an appealing meal, packed the house this past Monday, Nov. 18, to raise money for the public schools. The rematch was a barnburner, with the team of elementary...

Dodgeball IV

Laguna Beach High School Gyms  Talking Points: Fourth annual event; wildly popular and competitive and LOUD! Thanks to Hobie for sponsoring Dodgeball all four years!  Hobie is a long-time supporter of SchoolPower and our schools.  Thank you to all of the SchoolPower business...

SchoolPower’s Hall of Fame Award goes to Rubel Jewelers

  Downtown jeweler Fredric H. Rubel Jewelers has received SchoolPower’s Hall of Fame Award, recognizing 10 years of commitment to the educational foundation and Laguna’s schools. Rubel said that his business’ support for SchoolPower will continue for years to come. Donating...

Dodgeball Antics Return

  SchoolPower’s popular Dodgeball Tournament returns to the Laguna Beach High School gyms on Thursday, Oct. 10, and registration for prospective teams is underway now through Sept. 27. In the schoolyard classic, champions are named from three divisions: fourth and fifth...

Schoolpower Selects One of Their Own

Parent Robin Rounaghi, who served two terms as volunteer president of Schoolpower, was selected as the non-profit’s first, paid executive director. Rounaghi leaves her job as an attorney to take on the newly created job. After an extensive hiring search and interview process,...

Lessons by the Forkful

Teaching students healthy lifestyle choices takes place beyond the classroom, according to a school district announcement. Along with the school’s lunch menu, elementary schools’ teachers and parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that describes ways to integrate...

Lessons by the Forkful

Teaching students healthy lifestyle choices takes place beyond the classroom, according to a school district announcement. Along with the school’s lunch menu, elementary schools’ teachers and parents receive a monthly nutrition newsletter that describes ways to integrate...

Thurston, LBHS Selected as Distinguished Schools

Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are two of the 218 public middle and high schools that were named California Distinguished Schools for 2013, school officials reported. The schools earned the honor for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to...

Donors Make History for SchoolPower

With an unprecedented 64 parent volunteers manning the phones, SchoolPower’s annual Community Campaign phone-a-thon made history by raising more money, $502,492, and reaching more donors, 606, than in its 30-plus years as Orange County’s flagship education foundation. Every fall...

My Local Hero

Editor, I need to bring to your attention the efforts of Carol Normandin-Parker, SchoolPower’s community campaign vice president. For the last several years (and many more to come) Carol has been in charge of the education foundation’s Community Campaign, its annual fundraising...

Can’t Dodge This!

The hard-hitting fun of SchoolPower’s wildly popular community event returns to the LBHS gyms on Oct. 17 with Dodgeball III. Tournament registration opens Sept. 17 so round up a team and be part of Laguna’s most entertaining sports event of the year. In SchoolPower’s spin on the...

Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Top of the World Elementary’s second-grade teacher Linda Barker finds that her student’s knowledge of technology  advances with every school year. Barker recognized this knowledge as an opportunity and introduced the iPod touch to personalize student learning. “Students are...

Sponsors Line Up for SchoolPower’s Directory

By Kristi Cancellieri, Schoolpower volunteer   The Deck at the Pacific Edge Hotel played host to SchoolPower’s business appreciation party on May 3, giving the education foundation the opportunity to thank supporters and directory advertisers. The guests included longtime...