Each of the girls showed their work of art to board members and explained their inspiration behind their work. Baker expressed her love of watercolors, which she chose to paint a snowman picture, while Becker deviated from the typical holiday scene with a vibrant collage of mermaids.
SchoolPower donations presented
SchoolPower president Robin Rounaghi presented two sizable donations to the district including a $125,000 check, the first installment of the organization's annual gift of $250,000.
The donation will benefit many programs at Laguna's schools including K-12 classroom technology, music enrichment at El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools and the visual arts programs at Thurston Middle and Laguna Beach High schools.
SchoolPower's Community Campaign fundraiser allows donors of $500 or more the opportunity to designate 20% of their gift to the teacher or program of their choice. A second check in the amount $61,930, presented by Vice President Marcus Skenderian and Community Campaign Chairwoman Carol Normandin, represents the total of these targeted gifts.
Rounaghi announced that last year's Community Campaign far exceeded its goal, raising $358,000 and increasing participation to 540 contributors. She thanked the trustees, volunteers and community who all helped make the substantial gift possible.
Board President Theresa O'Hare commended Rounaghi and SchoolPower for the impressive donations and participation numbers, especially in such difficult economic times.
Board members recognized, honored
Supt. Sherine Smith honored the board by reading a proclamation that establishes January as School Board Recognition Month.