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Briefly In Education

October 06, 2011
  • Students and teachers begin their year at La Playa Center, the ESL school at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.
Students and teachers begin their year at La Playa Center,… (Coastline Pilot )

La Playa Center starts its school year

The La Playa Center, an English as a second language school, recently opened its doors for the academic year.

La Playa has been part of Laguna Beach for 16 years. It operates inside the Boys & Girls Club and is partnered with Even Start preschool. The school offers English classes for non-native speakers and free child care.

The school is open from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday. It follows the Laguna Beach Unified School District calendar and offers three levels of ESL instruction and a pronunciation class.

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Free screenings at Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is offering free developmental screenings for Orange County children younger than 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

The comprehensive screening can give parents insight into how their child is maturing developmentally, cognitively and socially.

The Family Support Network is conducting the screenings and has done so for the past five years at the club.

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"This is one of the most important events we offer families in our community," Terry Anne Barman, director of Early Childhood and Family Services at the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, said in a statement. "Early detection and intervention for development delays are essential school readiness components for children. Family Support Network and their team of specialists are the best. This year we hope to see an increase in the number of families taking advantage of this important opportunity for their children."

Parents and children are urged to arrive early since screenings are on a first come, first serve basis. If a child cannot be screened on Oct. 14, they can be placed on a wait list for an upcoming screening.

For more information, contact Margaret Lewis of Family Support Network at (714) 854-7762 or Barman at (949) 494-2535 ext. 107.

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Claes Ovation hosts SchoolPower dinner

The Andersen family hosted its ninth annual Claes Dinner and SchoolPower fundraiser Sept. 26.

About 200 supporters of SchoolPower came to the dinner at Claes Ovation at Hotel Laguna, and 100% of the proceeds went to the nonprofit that supports Laguna Beach schools.

The event raised nearly $18,000 for SchoolPower, according to a press release.

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