Cheer team

Laguna Beach High School's varsity cheer took home a Grand Champion trophy after competing in the NRG Nationals' All Stars and Senior High School division earlier this month. (May 21, 2013)

The Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation awarded Laguna Beach High School five grants for visual and performing arts education programs, according to a news release.

Laguna Beach High School's art program received a $15,000 grant; its band boosters received $5,000; the dance department $2,500; performing arts program $5,000; and performing arts boosters $2,500.

The grants are key to the high school's programs.

"Visual and Performing Arts are essential in the development of a well-rounded student," Principal Joanne Culverhouse said in a statement. "The generous grants from the Festival of Arts Foundation support our staff and students and allow them opportunities beyond a traditional high school experience. We are fortunate to live in a community where there is strong support to promote the arts in our school."

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Artwork on display at library

Creative works produced by the Boys & Girls Club Even Start Preschool are on display at the Laguna Beach Library throughout May as part of the Imagination Celebration in the city, according to a news release.

Laguna Outreach for Community Art (LOCA) teachers Pat W. Phillips, Sharon Risley, Carol Swanson, Noel Lashley and Billy Jo Lee lead weekly art activities for more than 20 preschoolers at the club. The program encourages the preschoolers "to explore and expand their creative awareness and build self-confidence," the release said.

The Kinder Buddy children's artwork is also included in the exhibit.

"I am so delighted with the LOCA program," Terry-Anne Barman, the early childhood and family services director at the Boys & Girls Club, said in a statement. "The children have really blossomed in their creativity and art expression. It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for our little ones to exercise their creativity and have a chance so early on to be taught by such talented artists — everybody involved benefits."

More information about the Boys & Girls Club can be found at bgclagunabeach.org.

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Youth participate in fitness program

Top of the World Elementary School students participated in the 1-mile Kids Run the OC Marathon event (KROC) earlier this month, according to a news release.

The students participated in a 12-week fitness training program, with the run serving as the culminating event. The KROC program encourages physical activity and healthy eating habits among the youths.

Students participated in 25.2 miles of moderate to vigorous physical activity, the release said. Including the marathon, the students accumulated 26.2 miles — marathon distance — and they will receive official OC Marathon medals.

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Teens discourage underage drinking

Several teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach leadership club teamed up with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Orange County to participate in Sticker Shock, a program that has store owners displaying stickers that discourage underage drinking, according to a news release.

With high schoolers attending prom and such, the teens wanted to get the word out. The stickers are "designed, developed and then placed on packages of alcohol indicating that it is illegal for adults to purchase alcohol for minors," the release said.