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2018 Fund-a-Need:
Navigating the Information Age

$185,500 to LBUSD

Strong digital literacy skills will help students change the world.

This fall, LBUSD hired a Digital Media and Library Specialist and two part-time teacher coaches to improve digital literacy and bring coding and computer science to our classrooms. Teachers Brian Kull and Carrie Denton have been active in the elementary classrooms, exposing kids to the basics of coding through hands-on activities as well as a block-based language that teaches the logic and foundations of Python. In high school, Stephanie Gamache works with students to help them develop strong research skills, including keyword search logic and database navigation.

The $185,500 raised by SchoolPower at our annual Dinner Dance made it possible for the district to launch this program. We thank you for your contributions to the initiative.

Savannah Farris, 4th Grade, TOW

“One of the reasons why I get excited for coding is because I love the new challenges that come up every time.” – Savannah Farris, 4th Grade, TOW

Clarice Curras, 9th Grade, LBHS

“The advantage of using a database over Google is that you are not getting filtered results and you are getting valid information that is pre-cited.” – Clarice Curras, 9th Grade, LBHS

See the 2018 Fund-a-Need Donors

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2019 Fund-a-Need:
Building Your Future Self

$175,850 to LBUSD

Connecting students to their strengths, nurturing their interests and igniting their passions.

One hundred percent of the $175,850 raised at Dinner Dance 2019 will go toward this initiative, which includes curriculum and online resources related to strengths finding and career exploration, new high school classes focused on advanced research and business entrepreneurship, and a mentor program that involves strengths coaching and industry visits to connect students with professionals in the Laguna Beach community and beyond.

Victor & Kim Salvino, LBHS parents & Fund-a-Need donors

“We can’t thank SchoolPower enough for providing Laguna Beach schools with the financial resources needed to provide our kids with an exceptional learning experience.” – Victor & Kim Salvino, LBHS parents & Fund-a-Need donors

See the 2019 Fund-a-Need Donors


See the 2017 Fund-a-Need: Investing in the Well-Being of LBUSD Students