Jonathan Miller Named Youth of the Year

by The Editors on February 24, 2014

Pictured (L to R): Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan Miller, and Club CEO Brad Holland. Photo Courtesy Louise Donahue

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad have named Jonathan Miller (pictured above) as Carlsbad Youth of the Year. Asia Henry was runner up.

The Youth of the Year program recognizes superior leadership skills, academic achievement, obstacles overcome, and outstanding service to Boys & Girls Clubs and the community. Thanks to the generosity of Julie and Matt Harelson and Dawn and Keith Blackburn, Jonathan will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and Asia will receive $1,500 for higher education purposes. . . “Jonathan is a fine representative of the Club; he has been a member for ten years and participated in so many of our programs,” said Club CEO Brad Holland. “He has struggled in the past, and is now making great choices. We are proud of the progress he has made, and that he was selected as our Youth of the Year.” All finalists were interviewed by a community panel including the Harelsons, Patsy Bock of Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Allison Tarter of Toyota and Lexus Carlsbad, and John Cottingham formerly of Life Technologies.

Congratulations, Mr. Miller. Nice work! For the official word from the Boys & Girls Clubs, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Raise Money For Kids By Playing Silly Game

by The Editors on September 27, 2013

Golfhome2013The Carlsbad Education Foundation is hosting its 13th Annual Carlsbad Golf Classic on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the City of Carlsbad’s lovely, stylish, financial sink hole The Crossings At Carlsbad.

This should not stop you from registering, donating huge sponsorship dollars, and proving just how flush you are by over-bidding on all the cool stuff in the evening’s auction.

Sure it’s golf, but Carlsbad’s kids are important and the work the Carlsbad Education Foundation does for city schools is epic.
Click here for all the information. And lend a hand. . . even if it is golf.


Aviara Oaks Elementary Gets Chicken Pox

by The Editors on May 30, 2013

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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is reporting that five children and one adult have come down with Chicken Pox. As you might expect the four of the children had not been properly immunized, yet one who was still came down with Chicken Pox. Here’s what the health professionals have to say:

“Chickenpox is a preventable disease,” said Eric McDonald, M.D., M.P.H., county deputy public health officer. “By having their children immunized with the recommended two doses of the vaccine, parents can help their children avoid chickenpox and prevent it from spreading to others.” . . There have been eight cases of chickenpox reported in San Diego County so far in 2013. Chickenpox is not reportable to the County Public Health Department unless it occurs in an outbreak or results in a hospitalization or death.

A nice little reminder to make sure your kids are immunized. For the official word from the San Diego HHSA follow the jump.

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The City Offers Free Lessons In Composting

by The Editors on April 29, 2013

solana_center_logoWe know that turning garbage and yard waste into nutrient-rich garden soil is possible, but we’re not exactly sure how to do it. If you’re in the same boat then the free Dig Into Composting seminar from the Solana Center For Environmental Innovation might be just what we’re all looking for.

Solana Center workshops will teach you all you need to know to make terrific compost at home. Compost experts will discuss the methods and benefits of composting and vermicomposting (composting with worms). Reduce your environmental footprint and improve the productivity of your soil.

The free seminar will be held on May 18, 2013 at the Calavera Hills Community Center from 10 AM to 12 PM. Click here to register. The Community Center is located at 2997 Glasgow Dr, in Carlsbad, California. For more details, click the link.


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CEF Summer Enrichment Program Registration

by The Editors on April 22, 2013

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The Carlsbad Education Foundation’s 2013 Summer Enrichment Programs are now open for registration. The CEF is inviting kindergarten through 9th grade students to learn during the summer. Classes run June 24 through August 2, 2013 and offer classes on a large variety of topics from Web Animation and Video Game Design to Karate, Dinosaurs, and cooking. The programs are offered at Jefferson Elementary for the first half of the summer and at Pacific Rim Elementary for the second half. For all the details click here.

[Link: CEF Summer Enrichment]


Legoland’s Celebrate Carlsbad Partial Day

by The Editors on March 21, 2013


Hey, Carlsbadistan! Did you know that you can Celebrate Carlsbad Day at Legoland Callifornia for only $20 on April 27, 2013? Did you know that by doing this you’ll also help the Carlsbad Education Foundation a little? Oh, but don’t think you’re going to “spend the day at Legoland.” Nope. As usual, Legoland says the Celebrate Carlsbad Day tickets are only good from 1 PM to 8 PM. That’s right, the turnstiles open at 9 AM, but Celebrate Carlsbad Day ticket holders won’t get in until 1 PM. And what’s more, only “a portion of the proceeds” from these special ticket sales actually goes to the Carlsbad Education Foundation.

So hey, use this as an opportunity to visit Legoland at a moderately affordable price, but don’t think Legoland is doing any huge favors because it really is the least they could do.

Tickets for Celebrate Carlsbad Partial Day can be purchased by calling the Carlsbad Education Foundation at (760) 929-1555, downloading this ticket form, or by visiting one of the locations listed after the jump. [click to continue…]


Spring Break Go Skate: Skateboarding Camp

by The Editors on February 4, 2013

The City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Department wants your kids (ages 5 to 13) to go skateboarding (or just get out of your hair) during Spring Break 2013. And to do that they’re offering the Spring Break Go Skate: Skateboarding Camp.

Go Skate Skateboarding School puts the beginner and intermediate rider on the fast track to being a confident skateboarder. Our mission is to help spread the love of skateboarding across all levels. What a skater will learn: proper foot placement, how to balance, how to use the board for transportation, basic tricks, proper skate park etiquette and terms, as well as safety. Bring your own board, elbow/knee pads, wrist guards, and helmet. All equipment must be worn in order to be in the camp.

The school will run every day for an hour and a half from Monday April 1, through Friday, April 5, 2013 and cost $145 for residents. For all the details, follow the jump. [click to continue…]

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Get Riehl: Charter School Flunks Again

by Richard J. Riehl on December 14, 2012

A San Bernardino County charter school failed for the second time this year to win approval to open a campus in North County. Carlsbad school district trustees voted unanimously last week to reject the Oxford Preparatory Academy’s charter proposal. In January the Oceanside school board took the same action on OPA’s bid for a school there.

Charter school supporters often claim school district opposition is driven more by union and administrative protectionism than what’s best for students. On December 6 the newly politicized version of the North County Times, for example, reported the charter school proposal had been turned down mostly because it contained overly-optimistic enrollment and budget projections and a lack of interest shown by local teachers.

But closer look at the facts shows how rejecting the school’s proposal was clearly in the best interests of Carlsbad students. It was not a matter of school district protectionism. In fact, a review of OPA’s curriculum and the students it already serves at its Chino and Capistrano campuses reveals how the school fails to live up to the legislative intent of California’s 1992 Charter School Act. Carlsbad and Oceanside school officials were right to give it a failing grade. [click to continue…]


Support Carlsbad Schools With Caroling

by The Editors on December 7, 2012

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Join the Carlsbad Education Foundation this Saturday evening (December 8, 2012) at the La Costa Resort & Spa as they ring in the Holidays with live musical performances from students from the Carlsbad Unified School District.

You and your family will enjoy these lively performances plus refreshments, holiday arts and crafts, and group caroling.

Admission to the event is free and donations to the Carlsbad Education Foundation are welcome. The event kicks off at 3 PM, Saturday, December 8, 2012. The La Costa Resort and Spa is located at 2100 Costa Del Mar Road, in Carlsbad.


Hilton Neighbor Card Helps Carlsbad Education

by The Editors on November 21, 2012

Purchasing a Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa “Preferred Neighbor Card” from the Carlsbad Education Foundation brings discounts on nearly everything at the resort and helps raise money for Carlsbad Schools.

“CEF is excited about the new partnership, which is a win-win for everyone involved,” said Valin Brown, CEO of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “The Hilton property will gain many new customers and receive added exposure within the area, while CUSD students will receive much-needed funding for programs and initiatives that otherwise could not be provided.”

The cards cost $10 each and can be purchased online at Follow the jump for all the official details. [click to continue…]

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