AEF Director, Ronda McLauchlan joined the campaign in a run for Alpine’s Honorary Mayor for 2017. The campaign is hosted by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Its purpose is for candidates to raise funds for their designated charity. Ronda ran to raise funds for Tech4Kids – supporting the AUSD strategy for students to learn anything, any place, anytime, from anywhere by the integration of technology with curriculum.
With the support of friends, her fellow AEF Directors, and with the community at large, Ronda raised $5,600. An acknowledgement of this fine effort will be made at the April AUSD Board meeting.
Thank you, Ronda!
To celebrate the new school year, the Alpine Education Foundation hosted their sixth annual President’s Reception Thursday, September 29th at Campbell Creek Ranch. This invitation-only event gave the Foundation the opportunity to thank their donors and present grants to Alpine schools. AUSD Teachers and Employees of the Year were also acknowledged.
Over 100 guests enjoyed a performance by Alpine’s own, singer/songwriter, Dannie Marie and accompanist, Nick Pupa. The Greek Village Grill’s Custom Catering Solutions provided delicious hors d’oeuvres.
With great pleasure, the Board of Directors for the Alpine Education Foundation under the leadership of President, Chris Newcomb, presented over $22,000 in grants to AUSD principals. Victoria Floyd, from Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office, assisted on stage to present the grants.
AUSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Newman was welcomed to the stage to announce the launch of a $20,000 fundraising drive to update AUSD technology. On behalf of AEF, President Newcomb was proud to donate $2,500 to kick start the $20,000 campaign.
Yvette Maier, Principal of Shadow Hills Elementary School and Creekside Early Learning Center, accepted grants totaling $2,760 to fund a Kindergarten robotics program and train-the-trainer programs for Kagan collaborative learning.
Jenna Weinert, Principal of Boulder Oaks Elementary, received $2,675 to purchase subscriptions to various online reading and phonics programs for students as well as access to IXL, a subscription-based learning site for math, English, science and social studies. AUSD Superintendent Dr. Richard Newman announced with this financial assistance, the District would make IXL available to all District school sites.
Principal Theresa Meyerott of Joan MacQueen Middle School was granted $3,000 to purchase ten classroom DocuCams and two hundred MineCraft Education subscriptions. AEF also announced their continued support of the JMMS Lego Robotics program currently in the second year of a three-year $24,000 commitment.
Alpine Elementary School’s principal, Travis Wall, learned that the school’s successful “Leader In Me” program received $3,185 as a continuation of an AEF commitment to provide $13,220 over four years.
AUSD Teachers of the Year Traci Valade, Cheryl Irick and Tina Krawczyk and AUSD Classified Employees of the Year Kim Ebright, Julie Guffy and Ramie Hagood were presented with proclamations by Joe Lopez from Senator Joel Anderson’s office and Tommy Marquez, representing Congressman Duncan Hunter.
To acknowledge those who have generously given to support the Foundation, AEF President, Chris Newcomb presented certificates of appreciation to the following donors:
- Sal Cassamassima
- Ed & Teri Sanchez, The Sanchez Family Trust
- The Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians
- Michael & Nina Slater
- Janice & Colin Campbell, Campbell Creek Ranch Lynn & Chuck Kaderabek
- Shirley Simmons
- Rachell & Ramses Lara, A1 Properties
- Ronda & Shaun McLauchlan
- Dr. Chamkaur Brar , Country Pet Hospital Anthony Donnelson, Greek Village Grill
- Melissa & Justin Roberts
- Darlene & Chris Newcomb
- Doug Deane
- Travis & Sarah Lyon
- Westcore Freightways/Alpine Creek Town Center Laurie Hallihan, State Farm Insurance
- Patti & Greg Fox, CORE Realty
- Barons Market
- Lisa & Colin Campbell II
- Jennifer & Philip Doucet
- Caitlin & Scott Yaussi
- April Halvarson, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty
- J. Clark Signs & Graphics
- Chris & Lynn Wollerman
- Clyde Farias, Torrey Pines Bank
- Rose Signore, Postal Annex
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The Back Country Land Trust has received a grant award from The San Diego Foundation through their “Opening the Outdoors” program to continue local environmental education opportunities for East County students and teachers during the 2016-2017 school year.
The project will provide 500 elementary and middle school students in East County with knowledge and understanding of nature through environmental education curriculum and hands-on service learning projects. Back Country Land Trust will partner with Alpine Education Foundation to host field trips and in-classroom visits for local students.
We’ve called this our “Living Classroom” program – a title coined by Alpine Historical Society’s long-time president, Carol Morrison, when she told the Alpine Sun, “We are all just astonished at what the BCLT has been able to accomplish for the benefit of the community. I can see this land becoming a ‘living classroom’ just behind the school.”
“Because of the tremendous local support for BCLT’s conservation lands, and engaging students in hands-on environmental education curriculum in these natural settings, we’re now able to partner with two local school districts, teachers at many grade levels, and the dedicated volunteers at Alpine Education Foundation to offer this program to even more students from all over East County,” said BCLT Program Director, Jon Green.
Building on our pilot program in 2015-2016, BCLT will be expanding our program reach to include all grades from K-8, and enriching our program curriculum to increase student access to nature in their local communities. New for this year, we are developing our program curriculum to conform to the new “Next Generation Science Standards,” and with financial support from The San Diego Foundation, BCLT and AEF are pleased to be able to offer these programs at no-cost to teachers in the Alpine Union School District and Mountain Empire Unified School District during the current school year.
BCLT and AEF are currently seeking teachers interested in participating in the “Living Classroom” program to schedule in-classroom visits and field trip dates. Any K-8 classroom in Alpine Union School District or Mountain Empire Unified School District is eligible to participate in this program, and there is no cost for participation. Contact BCLT for more information, or to enroll for the 2016-2017 school year.
For more information:
The San Diego Foundation – https://www.sdfoundation.org
“Opening the Outdoors” Program – https://www.sdfoundation.org/programs/programs- and-funds/opening-the-outdoors/
Back Country Land Trust – http://www.backcountrylandtrust.org
“Living Classroom” Program – http://backcountrylandtrust.org/index.php/entry/qliving-classroomq-program-gets-local-students-outdoors
Alpine Education Foundation – http://aef4kids.org
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