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School Board Meeting Wrap-Up

January 20, 2011

The following is from the Jan. 11 meeting of the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education.

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Student artists spotlighted

Principals Ron LaMotte and Chris Duddy introduced four students from Top of the World and El Morro elementary schools, who were honored for their participation in the city's recent Holiday Palette competition, in which they were awarded certificates and had their work displayed at City Hall.

The students honored were Tatiana Moore, a third-grader at El Morro, TOW fourth-graders Claire Kelly and Lucinda Becker, and Emily Baker, a fifth-grade student at TOW.

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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.

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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.

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Board members recognized, honored

Supt. Sherine Smith honored the board by reading a proclamation that establishes January as School Board Recognition Month.

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