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Briefly In Education

December 23, 2010

SchoolPower recently won the Apple Award for Programs and Outreach at the California Consortium of Education Foundations conference, an annual conference for education foundations from all over the state designed to bring local educational foundations together to share ideas and learn ways to make their organizations more successful.

Honored for its growing outreach program that included the valuable SchoolPower Student Directory, the comprehensive newsletter mailed to all district families and the popular SchoolPower Dodgeball Tournament, the program marks SchoolPower's most concentrated effort to date to get its message out.

"We realized that even though SchoolPower has been around for a long time, people don't always understand exactly what the organization does for Laguna's schools. The more active we are in getting that message out, the more people will be willing to support us," said SchoolPower Vice President Marcus Skendarian. "A lot of volunteers put in a lot of hard work to make these programs successful, so it's especially gratifying for them to be acknowledged as standouts in our great state."

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Troops help with homeless breakfast

Service organizations, churches and individual volunteers recently joined the Laguna Relief and Resource Center at the Neighborhood Congregational Church to provide a hot meal as well as hygiene kits, sleeping bags, backpacks, hats, scarf's and socks for the homeless.

Laguna Beach Boy Scout Troops 35 and 38 assisted in setup and the cleanup and also served as waiters, delivering the food to the tables and interact with guests.

Many locals contributed financially to help with the event, while others offered their time in the kitchen, including Laguna Presbyterian church members Erika Waidley and Brian Back.

Donna Valenti, executive director of the Laguna Relief and Resource Center, handled the duties as emcee.

Girl Scout Troop 2136 sang Christmas carols, while Troops 753 and 575 distributed hygiene kits stocked with donated toothpaste, combs, razors, toothbrushes and Chapstick.

Rick Shoemaker coordinated event severs from Laguna Presbyterian's Mission Outreach Committee, while Ann Richardson from the LDS Mormon church handed out the gifts.

Suzy Campbell, of Laguna Presbyterian Church, sang Christmas music, assisted on the piano by Donna Valenti.

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