Dance Sows Seeds for Schools



Photo: School board member Ketta Brown, left, with Schoolpower leaders Lynn Gregory and Robin Rounaghi
Photo: School board member Ketta Brown, left, with Schoolpower leaders Lynn Gregory and Robin Rounaghi

Three hundred guests attended Schoolpower’s 29th annual dinner dance, which netted over $225,000 for Laguna Beach schools.

The crowd raised paddles and pledged over $140,000 for this year’s Fund-a-Need initiative, “Xtremely iNteractive,” which requested Apple iPads, Apple TVs and Google Chromebooks to create high-tech, interactive classrooms.

“It’s been really exciting to integrate technology into the classroom so much more this year,” said Sarah Schaeffer, a Thurston Middle School English teacher.

Robin Rounaghi, SchoolPower’s executive director, said that the Fund-a-Need goal coalesced nicely with the March 1 event’s theme, “Sowing the Seeds,” as the investment in technology “starts something that promises a great future impact.”

Rounaghi also introduced a film on retiring Top of the World principal Ron LaMotte, who earned a standing ovation.

Event co-chairs Amy Kramer and Nina Langton took the theme to heart and enlisted parents to devise environmentally conscious décor.

  Ailey Dancer Comes to LBHS

Hope Boykin, a member of New York’s Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will teach a master class open to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12 and up, on Tuesday, March 25, from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Laguna Beach High School dance studio, 625 Park Ave.

Participants in the Laguna Dance Festival workshop will learn repertory and about life as an Ailey dancer. Register on line at:

Sage Fair Blends Cultures

The public is invited to experience a day of food and festivity at Newport Coast’s Sage Hill School and its annual Multicultural Fair on Saturday, March 22.

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., the campus will transform into a global village as an expected 1,000 visitors enjoy international food booths, entertainment, an ethnic bazaar, student philanthropic marketplace, artists at work, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Fire Up for Reading

Wigu Publishing invites young readers to a fire house tour and reading from “When I Grow Up I Want To Be… A Firefighter!”, taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Laguna Beach Fire Station One, 501 Forest Ave.

Besides a tour and fire safety instruction, participants are invited to a patio reception afterwards at the Lumberyard Restaurant across the street and photo opportunities with Sparky, the fire dog.

More info: [email protected] 949-929-5647.

LBHS Alum Named to Dean’s List

Adam Selevan, son of James and Kathleen Selevan and a 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., for the fall semester.

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