Spotless shoes. Freshly cut hair. Brand new backpacks. Empty notebooks. The first day of school is filled with excitement and possibility. At SchoolPower, we remember the joys (and fears) of the first day of school. Today we are energized and hopeful. As always, our mission is to enrich the education and support of the well-being of all children in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. Last week, we worked with the district to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to ensure all students can start the year ready to learn. Our SchoolPower grant application is open to allow our [...]
In 2020-2021, thanks to our generous community... We awarded over 50 grants to educators, counselors, and coaches who are engaging students in creative ways. We deployed assistance to district families to help with basic needs, including groceries, gas, and clothing. We funded programs including suicide prevention training and peer mentorship to support kids during this tough year and beyond. We granted camp scholarships to ensure all students have access to summer fun. We are proud of what we accomplished in as school year like no other. And we look forward to the year ahead!
On Sunday, June 6, 2021, SchoolPower presented its top honor, “The Hall of Fame Award,” to Meital Taub, leader of Meital Taub Luxury Group of First Team | Christie’s International. Taub has consistently supported SchoolPower since her oldest daughter started kindergarten in 2010, while growing her career in real estate to become one of the top 200 real estate agents out of 1.4 million in the US--a fact that places her among the top .01% of agents nationwide. “I have lived in Laguna for almost 20 years and have always been involved in my kids' activities through various organizations [...]
On Sunday, June 6, 2021, SchoolPower presented “The Bill Steel Award,” its annual recognition of exceptional volunteerism, to Allison and Tom Motherway. The Motherways have been passionate, unwavering supporters of SchoolPower for over a decade. After hearing about SchoolPower through friends, they joined the Board of Trustees in 2012 when their daughters were students at Top of the World Elementary. “The more we learned, the more we got behind its mission,” says Allison. “We truly believe in the value of investing in public education, not just for our kids, but for every kid in the community. We are grateful [...]
Monday, May 10, marked the fifth annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic at The Ranch at Laguna Beach, benefiting SchoolPower. The event sold out in record speed and generated over $45,000 to support Laguna Beach students through SchoolPower. Eighty barefoot golfers kicked off the afternoon’s festivities with a friendly nine-hole, four-person scramble competition. As in past years, players tackled some nontraditional shots, including teeing off with a softball bat, driving with opposite-handed clubs and the replacement of putters with a hockey stick. “Kristin Bunn, Mette Hingel, Laura Sewell and I had the best time playing in the tournament!” said [...]
On Monday, May 10, members of the Laguna Beach community will come together for the 5th Annual Three Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic & BBQ. Hosted by the Ranch at Laguna Beach and Hobie, this day of golf and entertainment raises funds to enhance the educational experience of students at Laguna Beach’s four public schools. This year’s event will feature nine holes of barefoot golf, tequila tasting from Nosotros, wine tasting hosted by Argaux, a BBQ dinner, live music, a silent online auction and live auction. New this year, the event’s online silent auction will include a range of tempting [...]
It's time to gather safely and support the schools! We are thrilled to partner with our friends at Hobie and The Ranch to bring back the 3 Clubs Barefoot Canyon Classic & BBQ. Ticket sales will go live after spring break. Rally your foursome or plan for dinner! This ain't your father's golf tourney... Hole sponsorship opportunities available. Contact us.
SchoolPower is committed to continue to partner with LBUSD to amplify the district’s support of students and families in need. To date, your contributions have enabled us to: Distribute financial assistance for food, gas and clothing to over 100 families impacted by the pandemic Purchase, fill and distribute 40 backpacks with school supplies for this week's secondary in-person reopening Fund educational materials to help support English learners Together as a community, we can eliminate barriers to help all students thrive. Thank you for your support!
LBHS students and teacher enjoyed a special live performance with two world-renowned spoken word poets, Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye, this morning through Project VOICE. The duo has collectively performed in 30 countries on stages from TED Talks to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and garnered over 20 million views online. Their most recent poetry books have both been Amazon bestsellers: All Our Wild Wonder, by Sarah Kay, and Date & Time, by Phil Kaye. Their work was featured in Uniqlo’s “Poetry Beyond the Page” artist series and sold in stores around the world.Next, Phil and Sarah will meet [...]
2020 has been a tough year for education in our small town and across the globe. Here at SchoolPower we've stayed focused on the heart of our mission: Laguna Beach students. Last week, we deployed over 85 gift packages to families in our district who are facing financial hardship. We are committed to partnering with LBUSD to assist in covering basic needs and supplemental educational resources for students in need. Through our COVID Impact Fund, we've awarded over $25,000 to teachers and coaches who are engaging students in creative ways. Teachers like Ms. LaPierre who, armed with craft supplies [...]