OLD RANCH DONATES OVER 10K TO EDUCATION FOUNDATION!

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(Pictured above from left to right: LAEF Development Coordinator Lauren DeNinno, Old Ranch General Manager Frank Herrera, LAEF Board Emeritus Director Theresa Blankenstein, LAEF Vice President Brian Leibl, LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue, LAEF Director Leanne Voigt, LAEF Emeritus Director Sean Payne, LAEF Director Felicia Gonzalez, and LAEF Emeritus Director Dave Appling)

(Seal Beach, CA) – Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) was honored to be named a recipient of Old Ranch Country Club’s Fourth Annual Charity Classic golf tournament held in November. LAEF was thrilled to find out they would receive $10,860.78 from the event to support the kids of Los Al! The Charity event is a ClubCorp tradition in which members of the community participate in a one-day charity golf event. Since it began in 2007, the Charity Classic has donated more than $14.5 million dollars.

On March 13th, Old Ranch’s General Manager, Frank Herrera presented LAEF with a check for $10,860.78! LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue accepted the check along with Vice President Brian Leibl, Directors Felicia Gonzalez and Leanne Voigt, Emeritus Directors Theresa Blankenstein, Sean Payne and Dave Appling and LAEF Development Coordinator Lauren DeNinno.
“LAEF is grateful to have been named as a beneficiary of the event this year and so happy that Old Ranch Country Club chose to support the kids of the Los Alamitos Unified School District,” said LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue. With support from community organizations such as Old Ranch, LAEF can continue to provide free after-school global language classes, support the salaries of district mental health counselors and continue promoting STEAM education and annual STEAM Fairs benefiting every student in every school within the Los Alamitos Unified School District.

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.

ED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF LAEFtv

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(Pictured in photograph: LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue and her daughter, Annika, pose with activities from the first episode of LAEFtv. )

 

(Los Alamitos, CA) – The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is excited to announce the launch of LAEFtv: video enrichment lessons that will be posted and available to stream each weekday afternoon. The first episode was available on Monday, March 16, which was the first day of school closures in Los Alamitos Unified School District.

“Once I knew school closures were imminent, the idea of LAEFtv sprang to mind! In these unprecedented times, I wanted to bring a little spark of joy, fun and enrichment to our community,” said LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue. The first episode of LAEFtv features Logue and her 2nd grade daughter demonstrating four activities for kids and families. Within five hours of the video being posted on YouTube and shared on LAEF’s Facebook and Instagram pages, the episode has nearly 700 views.

Logue, LAEF Programs Manager Mike Kahn and LAEF Community Outreach Specialist Deb Machen are collaborating on episode production and will be bringing lessons from many LAEF instructors in a vast array of subjects in the coming weeks.“Los Al USD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Pulver has notified families that schools will be closed for at least two weeks. We will work hard to provide a LAEFtv episode on each school day of the school closures,” said Logue. The LAEF staff has already scheduled video shoots for lessons in STEM, cooking, art, science, Spanish and mindfulness. Videos in martial arts, dance, gardening and cheer are also in the works.

To see episodes of LAEFtv, visit the YouTube channel (LAEF: LosAlEdFoundation) or LAEF4Kids.org/LAEFtv.

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.

LAEF CROWNS SHERRY KROPP WITH $135,000 RAISED!

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(Pictured above: 2020 LAEF Queen Dr. Sherry Kropp, retired superintendent)

 

(Long Beach, CA) – The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) crowned its Queen at the Royal Gala on February 7 at The Grand in Long Beach. This year’s queen is retired superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp. Due to her strong ties to LAEF and the community, and her endless support of Los Al kids, Sherry was appointed by the LAEF Board to be crowned Queen of the Royal Gala and to serve as the LAEF royal ambassador for the year.

The Royal Gala benefits the LAEF STEAM initiative and the grand total raised was nearly $135,000! The funds were raised through business sponsorships, silent auction, live auction, online auction, donations and more.
Carrie Logue, LAEF Executive Director said, “We are thrilled and by the amount of support we received this year from the community and our generous sponsors.”

Top sponsors City National Bank, SXS Industries, Southland Credit Union and PacificWest were on hand to celebrate LAEF’s 2020 Queen. Upon arrival, guests were educated and astonished by live STEAM presentations by Los Alamitos USD students from McGaugh Elementary School, Oak Middle School and Los Alamitos High School. The crowd enjoyed music from a jazz combo of Los Alamitos High School students. Dr. Kropp was surprised shortly after her coronation by members of the McAuliffe Middle School Show Choir who sang “Isn’t She Lovely” to her and each student presented her with a rose. Mark Thomas, of On the Mark auctions, returned as the Master of Ceremonies.

Dr. Kropp was crowned by last year’s King and Queen, George and Linda Sagen, long-time residents and community leaders of Los Alamitos.

LAEF President Kevin Guetig remarked, “I am truly amazed by the ongoing success of the Royal Gala campaign. Our fundraising has totaled to over $870,000 over the past seven years and Royal Gala attendance has grown to 270 community members. These funds will continue to benefit all students as proceeds support our STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math), which provides instruction and fairs on all campuses, and the district-wide STEAM showcase on April 25 at LAHS. It also supports Media Center teachers at all elementary schools and seed funds to enhance STEAM learning all year long.”

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.