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BRIEFLY IN EDUCATION

Children’s palette competition set

Submissions for the city’s Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition must be received by 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Cultural Arts Department in City Hall.

Laguna Beach children ages 5 to 17 will use a paper template representing a palette on which to paint and/or draw original artwork. Proof of residency may be required.

All appropriate submitted children’s holiday palettes will be on display at City Hall during the holidays in a portfolio for public viewing.

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Designs will be selected from the following age groups for mounting on wooden palettes: ages 5 to 8; 9 to 13; and 14 to 17.

In addition, several paper palettes will be chosen for mounting onto wooden palettes. These will then be displayed throughout December at City Hall in a special exhibition.

Designs should be submitted on 8½ x 11” paper, in color, within the border of a palette outline. The design must have a horizontal orientation, with the palette indent included as integral to the design.

The artist’s signature, age and date should be placed on the front left-hand side. There are no restrictions on the subject matter. However, religious symbols are discouraged.

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The related adult competition deadline is today; see this paper’s art and entertainment briefs for details.

Preschool student receives scholarship

Even Start Preschool student Dexter Sarabia was presented with a $5,000 scholarship by the Laguna Beach Rotary Club at its Sept. 21 meeting.

The funds cover his educational expenses for the 2007-08 school year.

The Even Start Preschool Program is offered to 3- and 4-year-old children from qualifying low-income families. It is designed specifically with school readiness in mind, in order to prepare the community’s at-risk children for kindergarten.

The preschool is the only opportunity of its kind available to such children, giving them an “even start” with the rest of their classmates once they enter kindergarten.

This is the first time the Rotary Club has offered a scholarship to a local preschooler. At the meeting, Adam Heller, the Rotary board member in charge of community services, expressed the hope that this will become an annual scholarship.

The TLC Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Laguna Beach will also be receiving a donation of $2,000 from the Rotary Club to help with their operating expenses.

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