Briefly In Education

December 16, 2010
  • Sarah Ray is nominated for Teacher of the Year award.
Sarah Ray is nominated for Teacher of the Year award. (Coastline Pilot )

SchoolPower sets fundraiser

SchoolPower will host its 26th annual Dinner Dance at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Montage Laguna Beach.

This year's theme, "Diamonds in the Sand," selected by event chairs Kim Ressler, Melissa Cavanaugh and Kristin Bunn, is meant to embody all that is elegant and sophisticated about Laguna Beach, while also Laguna's public schools.

The evening will include delicious food and wine, a live performance by local band The F-Jams and a live auction, featuring items such as a private suite for the upcoming U2 concert at Angels Stadium, a Pelican Hill weekend getaway for four; and a private 90-foot yacht for the day to Catalina hosted by HOM Real Estate Group.

The event raised $180,000 for Laguna's schools last year, which helps support important programs like teacher innovations, foreign language, music and the arts and class size reduction.

Raffle tickets are $100, and includes a pouch with a pair of cubic zirconium earrings in white sand, and a chance to win the grand prize of a diamond necklace and matching earrings from Rubels Jewelers, valued at $3000. RSVP by Jan. 8. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (949) 494-6811.



Students meet WWII humanitarian heroes

More than 400 students, staff and parents at Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School were given the opportunity to learn about post-WWII Germany from two heroes of the era, retired Col. Gail S. Halvorsen and retired Sgt. Maj. Earl Albers.

Col. Halvorsen became known as "The Berlin Candy Bomber" and "Uncle Wiggly Wings" during the Berlin Airlift because of the tiny handkerchief parachutes filled with candy, which he dropped to the children of Berlin. As a way of identifying himself to the children, the Colonel would wiggle the wings of his plane during his flights.

Sgt. Maj. Albers taught German children how to play baseball and became known as the "Baseball Sergeant." He went on to help establish the German Youth Activities Program where post-war German children had a comfortable place to study academics, play sports, and learn about democracy.

One of the attendees, parent Dr. Amy Bazuin-Yoder, spoke about the power of human presence versus the digital age in which we're in.

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