On Saturday, October 7th, 2017, the Magnolia Educational Enrichment Foundation (MEEF) hosted its 2nd annual Fit & Fun 5K Run.

The event had tremendous support from Magnolia School District Employees, students, their families, and community members, with nearly 700 participants. Over $1,500 in donations made it possible for a great deal of students to participate in the run. Esther L. Walter School won the coveted “Golden Shoe” award by having the most participants from a single site.

Each participant received an event shirt and medal.  The logo for the shirt was designed by Ambar Thanki, a 6th grade student from Juliette Low School of the Arts.  Shay Tiettmeyer, a 3rd grade student from Dr. Peter Marshall School, sang the National Anthem in front of the huge crowd.

It was great to see students as well as community and staff members running along with their families and friends.  Proceeds from this event will help fund teacher grants throughout the year.

The Magnolia School District Board of Trustees recognized these wonderful GRIP team members for their outstanding services the Magnolia community.

The GRIP program was initiated in 2008 by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.  Aimed at fostering a collaborative, community-based approach to gang reduction, the program is unique from all other anti-gang efforts in the county.   The GRIP Program provides mentoring services to students at Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy and Esther L. Walter Schools.

Pictured from left to right: Gary Shields, MSD School Board President; Dawn Breese, Robert M. Pyles STEM Academy Principal; Edith Lucero, Orange County Sherif Deputy; Tom Finley, DA Investigator; Katie Brown, Esther L. Walter former Principal; Susan Eckermann, Senior Deputy District Attorney; Cliff Page, Deputy District Attorney.

Forty-two Magnolia School District 3rd- 6th graders participated in the SaRang Community Church 2017 Summer Camp.  In it’s eighth year, the summer camp provides students opportunities they may never have had before.  Students had a delicious home cooked breakfast each morning, a daily art or science hands-on activity, and a daily outing.  This year students built a car throughout the week and raced the car on the final day of camp.  Outings during this year’s camp included: John’s Incredible Pizza, a rock wall climbing adventure, a day of jumping at a trampoline park and a full day at Knott’s Berry Farm.  The camp is fully supported through the donation of time and resources by members of the SaRang Community Church in Anaheim.  Eight former participants of the program served this year as camp mentors.  

More than 50 students enjoyed four days of comprehensive training in basketball and art thanks to a collaborative effort of multiple agencies. The Magnolia Baptist Church, Love Anaheim, the National Basketball Retired Players Association, the City of Anaheim, and the Magnolia School District partnered together to provide a wonderful summer camp for our students.

Magnolia students were taught the key components of basketball and sportsmanship by former National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association players Duane Cooper, Mark Campanaro, Keith Erickson, Louie Nelson, Larry Spriggs, and Rick Darnell.  Darnell is a product of Magnolia School District, having attended Maxwell Elementary School.  The former players and other volunteers were truly inspirational. The Art Camp was also a huge success. Students had the opportunity to learn all about art and it was obvious that they enjoyed creating beautiful artwork.

We would like to thank Mr. Jeremy K. Bratcher and Mr. Nathan Zug of the Magnolia Baptist Church for providing our students with this incredible opportunity. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer the Summer Basketball and Art Camp again next year.

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