student wellness

donations to Laef fund many exciting initiatives to support mental health, wellness, and social-emotional learning for los al kids!

LAEf Donates $60K to build middle school well spaces!

These spaces provide a calm and safe space to promote students' mental health
and support social and emotional management

LAEF donated $25,000 last fall, plus $35,000 this fall for $60,000 in total to fund the construction of Well Spaces on campus at Oak and McAuliffe Middle Schools! Principals Erin Kominsky and Ryan Weiss-Wright accepted the 2020 donation (below, left). A grant from CHOC will furnish the spaces, but LAEF will be funding additional furnishings and décor, and will keep supplies stocked. LAEF is working with district leadership to support staffing for the Well Spaces to make sure the mission is carried out. Below, right is a $115,000 Fall 2019 LAEF donation, which includes the $25,000 that was applied to the Well Spaces build. Lower left is a Well Space in the building stage. Lower right is the same Well Space, fully built. 

LAEF donated $10K to fund the 
2018 6th Grade C.A.R.e.s. Summits

In 2018, LAEF was proud to fully fund District-wide Sixth-Grade Summits, part of the C.A.R.E.S. Program (Compassion, Action, Responsibility, Empathy and support), which were presented and facilitated by Embassy Consulting Group. Sixth grade teachers from McAuliffe and Oak middle schools facilitated break-out sessions and every 6th grader participated in this social-emotional learning opportunity during one school day. The summits provided an intensive, one-day training for students in a wide range of interactive social and emotional learning skills, including character education, communication, team building and conflict management. All the lessons were designed to provide students with a foundation to increase positive classroom and school-wide community behavior and academic performance. Below, left and right are the check presentations for the 2018 6th Grade Summits. Lower left shows students participating in a Summit.

LAEF donated $50K to support the salaries of
Los Alamitos Unified’s mental health
counselors in 2017 & 2018