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True to her school

Laguna Beach High senior Risa Slater represents students at district school board meetings.

December 05, 2013|By Bryce Alderton

The consensus?

"We're going to do a flash mob and magic trick," said Brooke, a senior.

ASB is also giving back to the community this holiday season. Students and teachers donated more than 2,000 pounds of canned and non-perishable food to the Laguna Food Pantry, Perez said.

"This was our most successful food drive ever," Perez said. "The ASB students were very motivated by this and wanted to continue their help in the community throughout December."

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The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach provided ASB with a list of local children in need, according to Perez.

Students placed a tree in the school library and created ornaments bearing the names and ages of the children. Students can pick a child and return with an unwrapped gift for him or her.

In addition to the toy drive, each grade level adopted a family through Families Forward, an Irvine-based nonprofit that assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency, according to the organization's website.

Students can donate items such as clothes, shoes, gift cards, diapers and blankets for their particular grade level, Perez said.

When it comes to sparking student interest in school programs, incentives usually help, said ASB Vice President Sarina Strickland, 17, who has been involved with ASB all four years.

"We do a lot of games in the quad, while students are eating lunch," said Sarina, also a senior. "We'll provide incentives such as, 'Do this and get a doughnut," or a T-shirt. We're kids and kids like gifts."

If a poster needs to be made, Risa might be one of the first students to take on the job.

"I love advertising and marketing," said Risa, who will study communications at the University of Oregon next fall. "I love making posters, making different fonts."

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