The oldest non-profit education foundation in Orange County, SchoolPower has raised money for Laguna Beach public schools since 1981. The Laguna Beach Education Foundation (“SchoolPower”), is governed by a board of trustees, most of whom are parents of LBUSD students. Our success depends on a multitude of hard-working volunteers, a small, dedicated staff and a generous community. Each year, we fundraise through our annual Community Campaign and several Events and Sponsorship Programs. Our goal is to bring the entire community together in support of local public schools.
The money raised by SchoolPower provides the four Laguna Beach public schools—El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School—with valued educational programs and resources. A percentage of the annual money raised also sustains the SchoolPower Endowment Foundation, which in turn supports the Teacher Grant Program and Large Endowment Grants. Examples of programs currently receiving funding from SchoolPower and SchoolPower Endowment are: K-3 class size reduction, performing/visual arts at the middle and high school, an additional high school counselor, an extra period for electives at the middle school, K-8 music, the foreign language program, district-wide advancements in wireless infrastructure and educational technology, an expansion of the strings program and high school athletics.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District is one of the smallest districts in Orange County, as well as being one of the oldest. Due to the rising expenses associated with delivering quality education, public schools continuously face financial uncertainties. In Laguna Beach, we are fortunate to have great schools and District leaders with the long term vision to continually strive to new heights and at the same time prepare for unpredictable times ahead. If you have a child, work, live or own a business in Laguna Beach, you are part of this great effort. Thanks to many supporters, SchoolPower has provided local schools with millions of dollars for teacher innovation, academics, the arts, athletics, and technology. With your help, SchoolPower aims to support our District’s goal to realize the dream of a world-class public education.
Laguna Beach Unified School District and SchoolPower Guiding Principles
The invaluable partnership between Laguna Beach Unified School District and SchoolPower is guided by a simple yet powerful set of principles. These principles are designed to ensure the impact of funding is maximized to result in a positive contribution to the educational experience of our students.
School Board-approved funding proposals, developed by District Staff to align with and support District goals, are presented to SchoolPower annually, and updated regularly, as circumstances change. SchoolPower determines which proposals to fund and makes annual funding commitments, based on factors such as district priority, donor base resonance and impact across disciplines, grade levels and schools. Laguna Beach Unified School District team and SchoolPower leaders meet regularly to collaboratively identify possible funding targets.
As donation stewards, the Laguna Beach Unified School District and SchoolPower commit to a four part pledge:
- Funding proposals will be aligned with and support the Strategic Goals of the Laguna Beach Unified School District.
- All funding proposals will be clearly described, including the expected impact of the donation, so potential donors are able to make informed decisions.
- Funding proposals will be validated to ensure that there is support and concurrence within the Laguna Beach Unified School District, including the Governing Board, administrators, teachers, and staff.
- The impact of SchoolPower donations will be incorporated into public presentations to the School Board as part of its regular Strategic Goals evaluation process. Where District staff deem appropriate, the impact of SchoolPower funding will be promoted to increase community awareness (e.g., parent-attended music programs, back to school night, etc.). District staff will provide SchoolPower with regular progress reports each year regarding the impact of SchoolPower funded programs and initiatives. SchoolPower will share this information with the donor base.