2012 Community Campaign

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Community Campaign – Invest in Laguna Beach Schools!

SchoolPower President Lynn Gregory encourages every family to make whatever donation is meaningful to them. “Laguna Beach families have shown that we accomplish amazing things when we come together for a common goal,” states Gregory. “It will take all of us to maintain and grow the funding needed for every child in every classroom, at all four schools.”

Benefits such as Laguna Locals Cards ($100+), program/class designations ($500+) and dinner dance tickets ($1500+) are available at various levels. At any level, your donation matters and your participation is important.

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Hats off to Carol Normandin!

SchoolPower expresses its heartfelt thanks to Carol Normandin for six successful and tireless years of dedication as SchoolPower’s Community Campaign Chair. Thanks to Normandin, her hard-working and sometimes zany team of parent callers and generous donors, well over $2 million dollars was raised for Laguna schools! During last year’s Community Campaign alone, approximately 625 school supporters donated over $516,000 – an unprecedented success! While Normandin has moved on to accomplish other great things, her dedication to Laguna Beach public education will continue to be an inspiration to SchoolPower.

612 Donors Make History for SchoolPower

by Kristi Cancellieri, SchoolPower VP of Public Relations

With an unprecedented 64 parent volunteers manning the phones, SchoolPower’s annual Community Campaign phone-a-thon made history by raising more money, over $510,000, and reaching more donors, 612, than in its 30-plus years as Orange County’s flagship education foundation.

Every fall SchoolPower hosts its largest fundraiser, the Community Campaign, by harnessing the goodwill of parent volunteers who call upon every family in Laguna Beach schools for donations in support of public education. This year’s effort, led for the sixth time by Community Campaign V.P. Carol Normandin, saw a remarkable increase in the number of callers, donors and first-time contributors.

Helping to set the campaign on its record-breaking pace was the amazing generosity of the Martini Family who not only offered to match all donations brought in on the fifth calling night but to double those coming from first-time donors. Their offer created such an enthusiastic response that the Martini’s initial projected donation of $25,000 grew to an unprecedented $64,654.

Key matching funds also came from longtime supporters Holly and David Wilson, who donated $25,000, and from a group of past and current SchoolPower trustees and Endowment Board members who collectively contributed an additional $45,200 to keep the matching momentum going.

"My dad always told me, ‘If you can turn a dollar into two by something you do, that is always a win-win,’ “ said Brent Martini of the inspiration behind the matching gift. “It's so satisfying to see these dollars deployed immediately in our kids' classrooms because the principals support cutting-edge ideas and the teachers are extremely enthusiastic to put committed resources right to work. The more we do as a community to support public schools, the more outstanding the educational experience will be for our kids."

Funds generated by SchoolPower’s Community Campaign support educational enhancements at all four Laguna schools: smaller class sizes, elementary school music and foreign language, TMS and LBHS performing arts, LBHS athletics, to name a few. Every teacher receives at least $200 for class use from the campaign and donors of $500 and above are able to designate 20% of their gift to specific teachers or school programs. This year a record $91,000 went directly to teachers and programs as a result of these donation designations.

“The money SchoolPower raises makes a difference in our schools—it makes them better now,” enthused SchoolPower president Samantha Washer. “Having a hugely successful campaign like this is so rewarding because we know what the district needs and the more we raise, the more needs we can meet. It’s also gratifying on a personal level because Carol Normandin works so tirelessly for our schools. To watch the SchoolPower trustees and the community as a whole follow her lead and rally around our schools in order to do things we’ve never done before was rewarding on all fronts.”

For a complete list of 2012-13 Community Campaign donors or to make a contribution, visit the Laguna Beach Education Foundation’s website at lbschoolpower.org or call 949-494-6811.

SchoolPower President Samantha Washer presents a check for $216,202 to District Superintendent Sherine Smith at the January 22nd School Board MeetingSchoolPower President Samantha Washer presents a check for $216,202 to District Superintendent Sherine Smith at the January 22nd School Board Meeting. This represents the first installment of the $325,000 annual gift and over $91,000 in Community Campaign designations to teachers and programs.   Photo by Kevin Yates