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If you Live in Imperial Beach, you need to be aware of the South Bay Union School District Education Foundation.

Jan 04, 2015 01:54PM ● By Paul Spear

 I would bet that a lot of people in Imperial Beach have no idea that the South Bay Union School District Education Foundation (SBUSDEF) exists or what they do but if you care about the future of Imperial Beach, our children, it is important that you become aware and, if you can, involved in helping them.

The SBUSDEF is a non-profit organization that has been around for almost 15 years and is made up of all volunteers and exists to help the South Bay Unified School District. As a non-profit 501(c)3 company or organization any gift you give to them is tax deductible.


Last November they held a 2nd Annual Casino Night at the Boys and Girls Club. The event was well attended with over 100 supporters present.  Laughter, shouts of excitement and screams of disappointment were heard throughout the night as attendees tried their luck at over a dozen blackjack, craps and roulette tables.  Everyone received raffle tickets and chips when they entered the “casino,” and the high rollers cashed in their chips for extra raffle tickets.  Throughout the night, over two thousand dollars in prizes were raffled off thanks to over 40 sponsors and donors, including IB’s own Pacific Realty, Bibby’s Shells and Rocks, Cafe Di Roma and Nakawatase & Kaminsky, CPAs.


Proceeds from Casino Night will support SBUSD staff with mini-grants to enhance student learning.  This year, over $10, 000 was awarded to local teachers so that students could cultivate school gardens, do science experiments on a boat in San Diego Bay and attend Junior Achievement’s BizTown. More information about the Foundation and upcoming events can be found on this website.

The contributions are used for:

• Science Education

• Support of the Visual and Performing Arts

• Staff Development Scholarships

• Mini-grants to teachers for class projects

• Donations to school libraries

SBUSD Education Foundation Awards $10,468 in Mini-Grants

The SBUSD Education Foundation recently awarded $10,468 in mini-grants. Evaluations were completed on a “blind” basis; evaluators were not provided site or applicant information.

Fourth grade and special education students at Bayside will be able to take four field trips celebrating California’s regions and resources.

Oneonta School was provided starter funds for a garden which will both provide scientific research activities and campus beautification.

Students at Imperial Beach Charter School will benefit from the introduction of the Model Me Kids curriculum which provides social and behavioral intervention to help them achieve success.

Two sites, Emory and Mendoza, will be able to send their fifth grade students to Junior Achievement Biztown, exposing them to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship.

Sixth graders at Emory will be able to participate in Sea Camp, which provides a hands-on, in-depth learning experience with local marine life and its ecosystem.

Kindergarteners at Imperial Beach Charter School West View will benefit from a sensory integration room that will be a safe and therapeutic place where they will receive sensory input and can deescalate when over stimulated.

The entire sixth grade class of Bayside will visit three college campuses as part of “The College Experience” which will expose and motivate them to pursue higher education.

The Foundation is providing funds for third grade students at Sunnyslope to attend two performances helping them learn about China and its trade routes.

At Mendoza, the annual science fair encourages all students to plan, create, and present a science-based project to the school community.

The SBUSD Education Foundation is pleased to be able to support projects that will positively impact the education of so many of our students. We look forward to funding future projects.

To find out more about the SDUSDEF, visit

If you are interested in helping the SDUSDEF, you can contact them at:

Mailing Address:


601 Elm Avenue

Imperial Beach, CA 91932


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