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Athletics and Wellness

At a time when many American children are struggling with inactivity and budgetary shortfalls have forced most public schools to cut physical education and sports, LBUSD remains committed to programs that promote the lifelong fitness, as well as the social well-being, of its students. In addition, kids who participate in athletics and physical education, and who possess healthy social and emotional skills, are able to focus on academics.

In addition to a proposed investment of $240,000 by LBUSD, SchoolPower Dinner Dance guests contributed over $158,000 to the 2017 Fund-a-Need Investing in the Well-Being of LBUSD Students

Hexberg Family Foundation Scores Big For LBHS Athletics

The Hexberg Family Foundation’s donation refurbished LBHS’s weight room facility with new cardio bikes and treadmills.

Laguna Beach High School may be the smallest public high school in Orange County, but don’t tell that to its athletic program. Regularly competing against teams from much larger schools, LBHS teams have achieved great success against their larger neighbors. Dedicated athletes, parents and coaches, as well as a supportive community, are some of the factors that go into this success.

The Hexberg Family Foundation, has gone above and beyond in their support of LBHS’ athletic excellence. Over the past four years, the Hexberg Family Foundation has given $160,000 to SchoolPower for the LBHS athletic program. With the only stipulation that the money is spent where it would impact as many students as possible, the Hexberg Family Foundation has funded items as far ranging as hurdles for the track team, bleachers for the water polo and swim teams, girls’ lockers, and the new state of the art scoreboards on the field and by the pool. This extraordinary support is helping to take LBHS Breakers to the next level of competition.

Wave Rider Café: A Healthy Investment

The new Thurston Wave Rider Café is designed to offer students grab-and-go nutritious foods. The café, created with menu and design input from students, nutrition staff and a consulting dietician, is described by LBUSD’s Chief Business Officer Dean West as “inspired and worthy of Orange County’s best middle school.” The spring ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured) celebrated the opening of the café and the generosity of Chantal and Stephen J. Cloobeck, who donated $100,000 to benefit our school district’s food program. Funds donated by the Cloobeck family were also directed to nutrition staff training and a dietician/consultant to enhance menu offerings at all four schools.

Athletics and Wellness Teacher Grants


Career Mentor Program, $8,600, Cyndi Kimball, Lynn Gregory, and Ann Bergen, LBHS
Learning in Motion, $2,300, Kari Damato, Marie Bammer, Tricia Engel, and Maryann Thomas, TOW
Terrace Garden, $2,000, Mary Blanton and Tami Mays, EMS

Reality Works Real Care Babies, $2,596, Penny Herrick-Dressler, TMS

Leadership Curriculum, $1,059, Leah Prettyman, TMS
Reality Works Baby Updating, $2,600, Penny Herrick-Dressler, TMS
Coffee Break, $2,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District

PAL Leadership Training, $1,500, Melinda Hawkins, LBHS
Coffee Break, $5,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District
Social Skills Facilitation Project, $15,000, Irene White

Naviance Software – College & Career Readiness, $7,800, Dr. Culverhouse, LBHS
LBHS College & Career Planning Guide, $4,200, Nichole Rosa, LBHS
Coffee Break, $5,000, Cindy Newman-Jacobs, District