Briefly In Education

Club is tops in Vons program

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is one of the top 200 earning groups nationally in the Vons 10% Goes Back to Schools and Youth Organizations Program, according to club officials.

Of more than 40,000 participating groups, Vons will contribute an additional $1,000 bonus to the club in addition to the $2,816.52 they have already earned.

Funds raised through this program benefit the club’s after-school programs, which are Character & Leadership, to help youth become responsible caring citizens and develop leadership skills; Education, Technology & Career, to help children achieve school readiness and help youth create aspirations for the future; Health & Life Skills to promote healthy, active lifestyles; The Arts to enhance self-expression and creativity; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation to provide members with mentally stimulating and enjoyable, physically wholesome, and socially sound experiences.


“We appreciate all that Safeway and Vons does for youth and for their ongoing commitment to education," said Pamela Estes, executive director at the club. “Because of Vons’ participation in the eScrip program and our commitment to sign up all of our families with eScrip, we have one of the most successful eScrip programs in the region."

The store’s program allowed schools and nonprofits to earn 10% of items purchased by supporters from participating manufacturers.

The eScrip program also delivers marketing programs that bring retailers, manufacturers and service providers forward in support of education of youth. The program has generated more than $200 million in merchant contributions to schools and organizations across the country.

For more information, call Michelle Ray at (949) 494-2535 ext. 103 or e-mail


Club transports Aliso Viejo members

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach Aliso Viejo After-School Transportation program now serves more than 100 of the 232 youth who live in Aliso Viejo, who make up 20% of the club’s total membership.

Established in 1996, the program initially provided an in-house pick-up service to students from Don Juan and Wood Canyon Elementary Schools.

Due to an increase in demand for the program and in an effort to streamline costs, the club began contracting out the service to Certified Transportation a decade ago. Since then, four more Aliso Viejo schools have been added to the program.

With the support of the city of Aliso Viejo, the club is now able to provide bus service to the Main Branch in Laguna Canyon from Canyon Vista Elementary, Don Juan Avila Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Wood Canyon Elementary, Aliso Viejo Middle School and Don Juan Avila Middle School.

The club’s low fees for this service are made possible through the support of the city of Aliso Viejo. Scholarships are available for children from low-income families. For more information about the Aliso Viejo Transportation Program, call Elena at (949) 494-2535, ext. 105.