El Morro’s Jog-A-Thon was fun on the field

Story and photos by MAGGI HENRIKSON

The annual Jog-A-Thon is the PTA’s biggest fundraiser in support of our schools. We tried to catch up with the little runners at El Morro’s Jog-A-Thon last Friday as they speeded around the field.

Pitching in at the Jog-A-Thon were such luminaries as Wild Wing, the Mighty Duck. There were firefighters, lifeguards, police representatives, and a huge contingent of Marines from Camp Pendleton. The radio station, KX 93.5, was broadcasting live, and there were some 110 sponsor and 18 booths, covering everything from orthodontics to ice cream.

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Marines from Camp Pendleton encouraged the little runners

One highlight of this year was the sponsor Banzai Bowls. Co-chair of the PTA event, Shanti Schiller, wished a big shout-out to Banzai Bowls owner, Joe Bard, “He doesn’t even have kids in the school, so it’s local business supporting our schools. It was really generous.” 

Indeed, Banzai Bowls contributed some 600 bowls for students, parents and volunteers.

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Wild Wing is a fan of El Morro, too

“It was really great, positive energy at this event,” she continued. “Our goal is to have everyone who participated receive a prize at the awards assembly on April 27.”

Ice cream coupons and bubble wands will be among the prizes, but one lucky go-getter will go home with an iPad, and another with an Angels baseball bat.

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The Jog-A-Thon is a run with a view

Prizes go to runners making as many laps as they can, with their own sponsors – often a grandparent. Who wouldn’t pitch in a dollar a lap or so, to make programs such as Art Masters, Science on the Go, and even field trips happen?

“Our goal was to raise $60,000 and I think we’ve surpassed that,” said Jog-A-Thon co-chair, Lourdes De Quillien. “It was teamwork.” 

This year’s efforts to get the Jog-A-Thon off the ground were important because the monetary goals are the same but the student body is smaller this year. According to De Quillien, last year there were 520 students and this year there are 480. But De Quillien and Schiller made up the difference with parent-power. “Eighteen moms stepped up to help, and the community really got together,” said De Quillien.

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A firefighter in full gear tries to keep up with the second graders

And fun was had by all. Schiller’s kindergartener and second grader were talking about it for weeks, “They kept talking about how many laps they’re going to do!”

Kudos to the volunteers, the public safety representatives, and all those sponsors who made the Jog-A-Thon happen. But mostly to those little feet running around and around the field. Here’s to the runners, learning about health and fitness while raising money for their favorite school programs.


LBUSD School Board meeting tonight will consider updates to the 10-year facilities master plan

The open session of the LBUSD School Board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, March 27). Nutrition Services Supervisor Debra Appel will present an update to the Board on the 2017-18 school nutrition program.  

The Board will also consider taking action on accepting the updates to the 10-year facilities master plan and award of routine facility contracts.  

The agenda for Tuesday’s regular Board meeting has been posted here: www.lbusd.org/uploaded/1-District/Board/Documents/2017-2018/Agendas/Board_Meeting_Agenda_March_27,_2018.pdf.

The meeting takes place at the District offices, 550 Blumont, and is open to the public.


Montessori School of Laguna’s kindergarteners enjoy a day down on Bluebird Canyon Farms

Photos by Kathy Tanaka

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Montessori School of Laguna’s kindergarten class, teachers, and parents

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Connor Dorais, in his bee suit, talks about the bees, and kids tasted honey

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Farmer Leo tells class about seedlings, and they planted sunflower seeds

The kindergarteners also got to pick and try fresh snow peas off the vine


LBHS Surf Team finishes in the top three in the National Scholastic State Regional Championships

By Coaches Scott Finn and Alisa Cairns

Congratulations are in order as LBHS surf team finished thirdin the National Scholastic State Regional Championships a couple of weekends ago. The event was held at Seaside Reef. 

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Kayla Coscino, Coach Scott Finn, and Jameson Roller

It was an all out team effort highlighted by Kayla Coscino finishing second in Girls shortboard and Jameson Roller finishing second in the Boys longboard division. Our six shortboarders, Sam and Kiko Nelson, Jake Levine, Trey Lockhart, Travis Booth, and Jeremy Shutts put up some amazing performances throughout the day too.

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