MBEF Funding at Work in the 2021-2022 School Year
As a result of our community’s generosity, MBEF granted $5.3 million to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District to bring incredible educational opportunities for students this school year. Much of the funding is dedicated to maintaining lower class sizes in key subjects and grade levels, such as English/Humanities in grades 6-9. An even larger portion is allocated to sustaining and restoring longtime favorite MBEF programs like MakerSpace and the College and Career Center. Learn more about the specific programs and their impact by grade level in the detailed report on the MBEF Grants for 2021-22.


What Our Students Need to Succeed 
Manhattan Beach is known for its strong public schools that prepare students to go off to college or directly into a career with the skills they need to succeed. But with an ever-changing landscape in the workforce, technology, and the economy, it can be difficult to know exactly what skills will be needed in the future. According to Oliver Schinkton’s article in LinkedIn entitled, Student Skills List – 10 Skills Students Need to be Successful, “Approximately 65% of our students will be employed in jobs that don’t exist yet”. How do schools prepare students for something they can’t define? Read more here...


MBEF Kicks Off the 2021-22 Annual Campaign 
Every year the MBEF Annual Appeal supports academic enrichment programs in our district classrooms that empower our students to develop a lifelong love of learning. The programs and educators supported by MBEF are not possible with state funding alone – it is the investment of our families through the MBEF Annual Appeal each year that ensures they continue. Thanks to those who have already donated or pledged this school year – we appreciate your commitment to our schools. We hope the entire community will join the effort – please Donate or Pledge today. Imagine the possibilities!


Hands-On Learning at Its Best – MakerSpace!
MBEF is thrilled to restore one of the most beloved MBEF programs that reaches all grade levels at all elementary schools – MakerSpace! For those unfamiliar with MakerSpace, it is a collaborative workspace concept that is growing in popularity across the nation. Geared towards making, learning, exploring, and sharing ideas, students have the opportunity to use both high-tech and non-tech tools to explore real-life concepts. The Maker Labs encourage students to develop resilience, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and an understanding of cause and effect in a self-directed environment that embraces engineering concepts. For more information about MakerSpace at your school site, please refer to the following websites: 

Grand View MakerSpace
Meadows MakerSpace
Pacific MakerSpace
Pennekamp MakerSpace
Robinson MakerSpace


A Look at MBEF – the Annual Report and Honor Roll
We would like to thank the thousands of families, businesses, and community members who donated to the MBEF Annual Appeal during the 2020-21 school year. These donors recognize and value the work MBEF does to reach every child, every day with opportunities that encourage our children to dream of what is possible. We invite you to review our MBEF Annual Report and Honor Roll to learn more about the impact your support can have on our local schools through programs that inspire learning and enrich the academic journey of all students. Stronger Schools. Stronger Community. Stronger Together.


Meet Karen Cunningham – Mira Costa's Longtime Science Lab Assistant
Without the help of science laboratory assistant Karen Cunningham, the Mira Costa Science Department would not have the resources to efficiently run a full-length experiment in the time allotted per class period. Throughout her 14 years working as a lab assistant for Mira Costa, Cunningham has personally played a substantial role in increasing the number of labs students are able to perform. Because teachers had difficulty finding the time to prepare lab areas for students after school hours, not many labs were being executed. This all changed when two science teachers, Tom Schuster and Harold Coller, advocated for additional help in the department, which ultimately led to the beginning of Cunningham’s longtime experience as a laboratory assistant. Read more here...


Peace Day Pals at Pennekamp
Our community schools are building bridges to bring the celebration of International Peace Day to life for students. Spearheaded by first-grade teacher Donna Barney Nicholson and former parent Karen Wooldridge, Pennekamp Elementary partnered with Emerson Elementary in Compton to create the Peace Day PAL Program during the 2020-21 school year. Through funding from an MBEF Social Inclusion Grant, the effort began with the erection of a Peace Pole at each school commemorating their participation in International Peace Day on September 21, 2020. Read more here...


Supporting Inclusion in Our Schools 
MBEF is pleased to continue dedicating a small portion of funding towards programs that inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools through the Social Inclusion Grant Program. MBUSD parents, students, and teachers are encouraged to apply for small grants to introduce programs that will focus on celebrating and respecting diversity – racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, economic, and cultural. Please see the article on Peace Day Pals at Pennekamp for an in-depth look at the Social Inclusion grants at work. Social Inclusion Grant Applications will be accepted for the 2021-22 school year through October 1st. 


SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Back in Person
Join us for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk at the Manhattan Beach pier on October 24th! The money raised supports both children with special needs through the Friendship Foundation and our local students through MBEF. Please register with one of the MBUSD teams listed below, and designate your contribution to MBEF so that all our schools benefit. The more registrations we have supporting MBEF, the more funding is distributed to all of our schools. Register the entire family today and make a difference at your school!

Grand View Elementary School Team
Meadows Elementary School Team 
Pacific Elementary School Team
Pennekamp Elementary School Team
Robinson Elementary School Team
Manhattan Beach Middle School Team 
Mira Costa High School Team


The Parent Compass – Supporting Your Student on Their Journey
Please join MBEF for an in-depth conversation with the co-author of The Parent Compass, Cynthia Muchnick, M.A., on how to best support your tween/teen on his or her academic journey. In this highly competitive world where tutoring, over managing, and helicoptering seem to be the norm, parents often feel helpless navigating the academic environment. And the pandemic has only added to the challenges. Cindy helps define clear expectations of the appropriate role for parents in the college admissions process, as well as effective ways to approach technology use in your home. Whether it's advice on fostering grit and resilience, strategies to help your teen approach life with purpose, or guidance on how to preserve your relationship with your teen, Cindy's thoughtful advice and anecdotes as both an expert and mother will resonate with everyone. This interactive presentation is being held on Thursday, October 14th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. More information to follow on how to reserve your ticket to the online presentation. Check the MBEF Website for more details to come.


Make Your Support Known with an MBEF Yard Sign 
Share your pride in our community and your support of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation with neighbors and passersby with a Proud Supporter MBEF yard sign. It is your support of MBEF that makes our schools stronger, and in turn, our community stronger as well. Complete the Yard Sign Request to get your own sign delivered to your doorstep or call 310-303-3342 to arrange to pick one up from your school or the MBEF office.

  Best of Manhattan

MBEF Nominated for Making a Difference Category!
The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is a FINALIST for the Making A Difference category of the Best of Manhattan Awards. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Best of Manhattan is the only event that allows the public to nominate and vote for their favorite person, business, and organization in Manhattan Beach. The Making a Difference award acknowledges the tremendous value and benefit brought to the community of Manhattan Beach by a non-profit organization that thrives because of its dedicated volunteers. We are honored to be among many wonderful, local organizations in our community. Vote Here for MBEF and your favorites in the many categories before 11:30pm on Tuesday, September 21st.


Visit MBEF at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair 
Come visit MBEF at the Hometown Fair on October 2nd and 3rd, Manhattan Beach's favorite community event. Meet MBEF volunteer Board members, Student Ambassadors, and the new MBUSD Superintendent, Dr. John Bowes. Plus we will have fun giveaways for you and the kids - Two Guns complimentary coffee coupons, Proud Supporter yard signs, and special edition MBEF bookmarks designed in collaboration with professional photographer, Bo Bridges. We are stronger together MB!


FUTURE RE-iMAGINED TEDx Manhattan Beach 
Save the date for Saturday, November 6th when TEDx Manhattan Beach returns to our community from 9am-3pm at Mira Costa High School. TEDx is about ideas worth spreading – the concepts that change our community and change the world. TEDx Manhattan Beach involves short talks and videos by changemakers, as well as an Expo with exciting opportunities to explore. This year we invite you to stop by MBEF's MakerSpace program booth to try your hand at tinkering. Tickets are limited – and on sale now. The event is sponsored in part by MBEF and MBEF donors who purchase a Gold level ticket receive a $10 discount by entering the Promo Code “MBEF”. There is also a discount offered to students and seniors.


Show Us Some Love on Social Media
Calling all parents, students, teachers, businesses, and community leaders to follow us on social media. Stay informed on MBEF’s impact on our students of all ages, read the latest articles related to education, and see your support of our schools in action. Join the conversation and tag us if you have something to share about MBEF programs and initiatives on Facebook and Instagram.


Upcoming MBUSD and Community Events 

MCHS Back To School Night @6pm
MBMS Back To School Night @6pm
12th Grade Parent Night @6pm
No School - Local Holiday 
College Knowledge Night @6pm
Social Inclusion Grant Applications Due
10/2/21 - 10/3/21
Hometown Fair - come visit the MBEF Booth for fun giveaways
MBMS - Band Fall Recital 3-8pm
The Parent Compass Event
TEDx - FUTURE RE-iMAGINED featuring the MBEF MakerSpace in the Expo
MBEF would like to recognize the following Community Partners
for their outstanding commitment to our schools:

Leaders $10,000 Level


Thank you to all of our Community Partners!
Click here for a full list and to learn more about MBEF's Community Partner Program.

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation

About MBEF:  Manhattan Beach Education Foundation is an independent non-profit established by parents and community leaders to financially support the seven public schools of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Since 1983, MBEF has granted much-needed funds to supplement state funding and has helped MBUSD continually rank in the top 1% of school districts in California. With over 5,000 donors and annual grants exceeding $6 million, MBEF is one of the oldest and most successful educational foundations in the state.  Any questions or concerns about this communication should be sent to communications@mbef.org.

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