Briefly In Education

December 23, 2010
  • Marcus Skenderian receives the Apple Award on behalf of SchoolPower.
Marcus Skenderian receives the Apple Award on behalf… (Coastline Pilot )

El Morro students warm up holidays

El Morro Elementary School's second annual One Warm Coat Drive recently collected more than 700 coats for the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.

The monthlong coat drive was part of the school's "Character Counts" program, which focuses on teaching students about six pillars of good character: responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, fairness and respect. December's pillar is caring, and El Morro students demonstrated this virtue by delivering a record number of coats.

"I'm very, very proud of our students. The 700 coats they collected will certainly make a difference to many people this winter," said Principal Chris Duddy. "I hope the community will continue to embrace our efforts in years to come."


Feeding the needy this holiday season

The Holiday Care Package program recently took place at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, where the Rotary Club handed out 26 holiday care packages to low-income families from the club's TLC preschool program.


A long-time supporter of both the Boys & Girls Club and the TLC program, the Rotary Club partnered with its district leadership and, through a matching grant program, was able to fund the holiday program, which supplied families with all of the staples for a holiday meal.

Fifteen Rotarians were involved in the coordination of the Holiday Care Package Program and were directed by the club's Laguna Beach President, Linda Saville, and supported by the club's Board of Directors.


Dance your way to fitness

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will offer Zumba classes for adults.

Experience "exercise in disguise" with the new Zumba program, which fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves. Participants can burn in excess of 500 calories while dancing to Latin sounds including merengue, salsa, cumbia and reggaeton.

Instructor Mia Alicea, also owner and artistic director of the Coast Dance Center in Laguna Niguel, draws on her own roots to bring authenticity and Latin flavor to her routines. Designed for all fitness levels, Zumba for Adults is a great way to keep that New Year's resolution to start 2011 healthy and fit.

Classes begin Jan. 5 and meet every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost is $36 a month or $12 a class for drop-ins.

For more information, call (949) 494-2535.


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