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Briefly In Education

November 17, 2011
  • From left, Amanda Jeffress, Nachaela Flores, Qwentin Cham and David Villalpando carry on outside in costume during a fundraiser at Taco Bell in Laguna Beach.
From left, Amanda Jeffress, Nachaela Flores, Qwentin… (Coastline Pilot )

Kids learn biz and raise money

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach recently partnered with Taco Bell for its Club Keystone Teen Leadership Program fundraiser.

A portion of the proceeds sold between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 5 went to the teens at the club to support their trip to the National Keystone Leadership Conference.

The teens got hands-on with the fundraiser, learning how to work behind the fast-food chain's counter and even dressed up in taco and sauce packet costumes to promote the event.

"It was awesome," said teen Amanda Jeffress. "I felt important when I was helping."

The teens participated in Taco Bell's Graduate to Go business camp this year, where they learned how to create a Taco Bell product and produced its marketing campaign.

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The teens' product, "The Encheeselada," was sold at the camp.

Taco Bell is also no stranger to giving back to the club, providing more than 80 complimentary meals to teens and families for special events, according to a news release.

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Sports Swap supports Thurston PTA

Thurston Middle School held its annual Sports Swap event, where the community had the opportunity to sell or buy used sporting equipment, with a portion of the proceeds going to PTA programs.

The day started with as many as 40 surfboards, 12 paddleboards, 28 bikes, skimboards, snowboards, ski clothes, wetsuits, soccer gear and bikes, Sports Swap co-Chairwoman Sheri Morgan said in a press release.

Almost everything was gone, she said, doubling last year's sales.

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Schools get $165,000 for music instruments

The SchoolPower Endowment Fund has donated $78,000, in addition to the district's $87,000 to buy instruments for every music class at all four schools, according to a news release.

The money comes as school districts across the state face losing funding from extra curricular and class fees, which the American Civil Liberties Union claims denies students the right to a free public education.

Programs, such as music and athletics that have long relied upon extra fees for things like uniforms and instruments are now unable to require these fees, according to the release. They can still accept donations, but there are strict rules on how and who can ask for them.

SchoolPower also is organizing a musical instrument drive, called Play It Forward, for woodwinds, strings and brass instruments in good working condition.

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