Few jobs are more important—or more challenging—than educating our children. Without sufficient resources, even the most dedicated teachers can't deliver the most enriching programs. By supporting teachers and providing classroom resources, SchoolPower cultivates innovation, teacher leadership and collaboration. This not only provides resources to help teachers succeed in the classroom, it creates a positive professional environment and helps to attract the best teachers to our district.
Every year, SchoolPower supports teachers through two specific programs — Community Campaign designations and the SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Program. Community Campaign Donors of over $600 may direct 20% of their donation to a program, grade level teacher team, PTA, sport or teacher of their choice. SchoolPower Endowment’s Teacher Grants Program allows teachers and administrators to dream big for LBUSD students, and then, fulfill those dreams. Grants, which range from grades K to 12, and subjects ranging from advanced chemistry equipment to a ballet bar to a potter’s kiln are announced each Spring.
Every year enthusiastic educators apply for SchoolPower grants to enrich their classroom experience. Grants cut across all educational disciplines and are thoroughly veted by LBUSD leaders and SchoolPower Endowment. Grants are approved based on their impact, creativity and sustainability. The grants awarded for the 2016-2017 school year are:
Laguna Beach High School
|Kerry Pellow and Bridget Beaudry Porter||Art||Wacom Art Tablets||$7,638|
|Cyndi Kimball, Lynn Gregory, and Ann Bergen||Career Services||Career Mentor Program||$8,600|
|Dawn Hunnicut||English||Full Wall Classroom White Board||$5,732|
|Alexis Karol and Peter Roche||Performing Arts||Drama Classroom Lighting System||$8,000|
|Carrie Denton||Science||Airwolf Axiom 3D Printer||$4,801|
|Steve Sogo and Alondra Hartford||Science||Benchtop Autoclave for Microbiology Research||$4,600|
|Jun Shen||Video Production||Let Video Production Serve All||$4,985|
Thurston Middle School
|Michelle Martinez||Science||Bone Farm – Forensic Bone Identification Lab||$8,000|
|Jesse Rothman||Science||TMS Digital STEAM grant||$14,125|
Top of the World Elementary
|Kimberly Mattson, Brett Bond, June Hosokawa, and Carol Mignosa||1st Grade||OSMO||$5,000|
|Kari Damato, Marie Bammer, Tricia Engel, and Maryann Thomas||4th Grade||Learning in Motion||$2,300|
|Kimberly Mattson, Lynda Davis and 5th grade teachers||5th Grade||Dot and Dash||$2,816|
|Melanie Whitenack, Kevin Nguyen, and Lisa Manion||CLC Teachers||Elementary Maker Space||$2,000|
El Morro Elementary
|Tami Mays||Kindergarten||World of Words Reading Program Bundles||$755|
|Mary Blanton and Tami Mays||Kindergarten||Terrace Garden||$2,000|
|Lisa Williams, Gretchen Sjule, Mary Blanton, and Tami Mays||Kindergarten||OSMO Technology||$2,138|
|Deborah Finnerty, Marilyn Beauchemin, Kim Krause, and Cama Stevens||2nd Grade||Gaining STEAM in Second Grade||$1,106|
|Kimberly Krause||2nd Grade||OSMO||$639|
|Annie Bochenek, Kathy Vick, Heather Besecker, and Denise Grey||4th Grade||Break It, Take It, Drop It||$650|
|Denise Grey, Heather Besecker, Annie Bochenek, and Kathy Vick||4th Grade||Light! Sound! Snap!||$1,645|
Through the generosity of our community, SchoolPower presented a total of $85,905 for Teacher Designations. Here is a past video of teachers sharing their gratitude.
Thank you to the 821 donors who contributed $509,000 to the Community Campaign so far this year! Donors who contribute $600+ may designate 20% of their donation towards a grade level, program, PTA, or teacher. And, SchoolPower supplements the designations so that every teacher at LBUSD receives a minimum of $200 each year!