MALIBU—A newly formed non-profit called Malibu LEAD was introduced to the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.
The Leading Educational Advancement and Development (LEAD) program was developed in 2019 by a group of dedicated parent leaders from each of the four Malibu public schools. The organization’s leaders are from Malibu Elementary, Webster Elementary, Malibu Middle School and Malibu High School.
“Our mission is to engage the community to invest in Malibu public schools and create an educational experience for our children beyond what is possible with public funds alone,” read a statement from LEAD’s website. “Malibu LEAD believes that Malibu public schools have the capacity to become the best public schools in the country, leading in educational innovation, socio-emotional focus, and child-centered practices. Malibu LEAD’s volunteers, in partnership with parents, teachers, school administrators, and the community, will ensure that every student in Malibu public schools experiences an enriched and fulfilling education and is prepared for success after high school.”
Malibu LEAD received approval from the SMMUSD to use donated funds to pay for additional personnel. The added personnel are people like teachers’ aides, arts teachers and more. In a press release, LEAD stated they have helped to give a voice in hiring valuable educators.
The organization’s current chair Gardia Fox announced that the group will be seeking donations from the non-parent community as well, “We believe community members, from local small businesses, to larger, locally connected and national institutions all have an interest in helping us ensure our kids’ educational advancement.” Fox continues to say, “It is LEAD’s job to work with the SMMUSD and worldwide community of caring advocates to bring to life many of this generation’s most pressing educational needs and opportunities, creating the skills, knowledge, and habits that prepare our students for the world that awaits them.”
For those who would like to donate or learn more about the non-profit contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 457-0360 ext #60-143. For more details visit www.MalibuLEAD.org.