Category: student experiences

43 Grants Awarded in 2021-2022 School Year

In 2021-2022, SchoolPower awarded $110,000 for 43 grants to educators, counselors, and coaches to support innovative ideas from the classroom to the playground and beyond. Top of the World Elementary Magnetic drawing boards for 3rd grade math STEAM lab takeaways for TK-5 Volleyball nets and pads for PE and recess Ogo disks and badminton rackets for PE and recess Coding & computer science books for K-3 Board games, art supplies & science center materials for Mrs. Davidson’s classroom Mystery Science Packs for 1st grade Library maker space to encourage career exploration Ozobots for Mrs. Gibson’s classroom Manipulatives for K-5 [...]

Ideas to Fill Long Summer Days

Summer sessions with the high school coaches for students in grades 3 to 12. Choose from volleyball, basketball, soccer, weight training, and more. Learn more. Interactive workshops focused on healthy, meaningful, Drama-Free Friendships. Including activities like baking, DIY beauty hacks, and upcycling old clothes. Fridays in July with sessions for ages 8-11 and 12-14. Learn more. Art, basketball, skateboarding, bunkerball, legos, STEM, and so much more. Plus, your child can join a club field trip to rock climbing, bowling, Big Air, Knott's, and many other fun destinations. Learn more. [...]

Happy Summer! Thanks for an impactful year.

This school year, thanks to our generous community... We awarded $110,000 in grants to educators, counselors, and coaches to support innovative ideas from the classroom to the playground and beyond. We supported students and families throughout the year as needs arose, including assistance for flood victims, holiday baskets, scholarships to enable all graduating seniors to enjoy year-end activities, and Boys & Girls Club scholarships to help kids access summer fun. We partnered with Thrive to provide parent education, student workshops, and mental health support for LBUSD families. Looking forward to next year... We'll administer robust after-school programs at [...]

Happy 40th Birthday, SchoolPower!

Thanks to our generous donors, we've supported over 10,000 students with over $13,000,000 since 1981. We are honored to be recognized by the District for 40 years of partnership and support.

The first day is worth celebrating.

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 [...]

Together, we helped students thrive…

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!

Breakfast with Phil Kaye & Sarah Kay

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 [...]

SchoolPower’s “Shine” is a Dazzling Success for Laguna Beach Schools

SchoolPower, Laguna Beach’s Education Foundation, hosted its 35th Annual Dinner Dance Shine on February 8 at Montage Laguna Beach. Chaired by Tim Bina and Gorjana Reidel, the event grossed over $350,000 for Laguna Beach schools. After a festive cocktail reception, SchoolPower President Allison Motherway welcomed over 300 guests in the ballroom under a canopy of lights. Both attendees and supporters from home bid furiously on unique silent auction items, including a signed edition of “All the Light We Cannot See,” glamping at Zion National Park, VIP access to Magic Castle, and jewelry pieces from Fredric H. Rubel. The successful live [...]

LBHS Students Paired with Mentors

In 2018-19, thanks to your generous support, SchoolPower donated $736,675 to our schools. SchoolPower funding allowed LBHS to launch the new Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) class, an independent research course in which students explore their passions and career pathways in a variety of fields. Last week, each student was matched with a mentor to aid in their research. LBHS senior Holden Geary adds, "AER is very interesting since it is a new class and a different approach. I am excited because it could possibly lead to real life application and job opportunities!"

AER Mentors Needed

This fall, Laguna Beach High School kicks off the Authentic Exploratory Research (AER) course, which SchoolPower's 2019 Fund-a-Need "Building Your Future Self" helped support. Students enrolled in this independent research class will explore their passions and possible career pathways. Students identify a field of interest and are paired with a volunteer mentor in that field. Could it be you? Your role as a mentor would be to provide students with professional expertise and guidance as they work on a real-world project. Mentors can expect a time commitment of 40 to 50 hours, spread throughout the school year. (That's only [...]

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