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[24 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,165 views]

By Lora Allison, Director of Community Life
During this time of year, schools take time to celebrate. We recognize the growth of children, the opportunities that they have been given throughout the year, and maybe most importantly we take time to celebrate the strength and spirit of our community. This year, we must pause and acknowledge the recent devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, where the safety of schools was turned upside down by the tornados on May 20. We know that natural disasters occur, and yet when images and stories come from …

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[22 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,762 views]
Upper School Students Give Back to Returning Marines through Operation Help a Hero

By Olivia Santora, Grade 12
Last Friday, roughly 30 Upper School students took part in a service project at Camp Pendleton put together by Operation Help a Hero and the leaders of this club at St. Margaret’s, junior Julianna Coleman and senior Olivia Santora. Operation Help a Hero is a non-profit organization that supports local Marines. This particular project involved cleaning the barracks for returning single Marines.
The St. Margaret’s students did an excellent job in helping to prepare rooms for 103 Marines/Sailors who are returning from Afghanistan and the Marine Expeditionary …

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[14 May 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,701 views]
Students Raise Funds to Aid Pacific Marine Mammal Center

From Lower School to Upper School, St. Margaret’s students organized an all-school fundraiser to help the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. This year, the center rescued a record-high number of seals. Through the combined efforts of the school, the students raised $6,504.62, which is expected to support 13 seal pups from rescue to release including fish and medication.
Click here to read The Orange County Register article.
Click here to read the full Stu News Laguna article.
 
 

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[27 Mar 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,883 views]

The Upper School Operation Help-A-Hero Club will be running a toiletries drive during the two weeks following Spring Break. We would greatly appreciate donations of new toiletries and bath items of any size (shampoo, body wash, soap, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, lotion, etc.). There will be a marked plastic bin located in each division office. All donated toiletries will be used for Operation Help-A-Hero’s barracks projects, where volunteers prepare the barracks for returning Marines. Whether you are able to collect toiletries from a hotel or from your local drugstore, your …

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[20 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,806 views]
A Time of Year for Loving Kindness: Preschool Families Give Generously for Laura’s House

Alison Wachtel, St. Margaret’s P4 parent, came up with a wonderful idea to support children in need in our area sparked by her desire to honor the children of Newtown, Conn. One of the mothers of the victims in Newtown recently stated her family decided to, “choose love over anger” and continues to share the message “Love Wins.”

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[7 Feb 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 3,167 views]
Knitting for the Homeless

By Arin Melkonian, Grade 12
St. Margaret’s Upper School is known for its academic rigor and as a place where students showcase their talents, abilities, and uniqueness as budding young adults. With the help of some friends, as a sophomore I started a new student organization called Knitting for the Homeless. The raison d’etre of this club is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous quote, “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” We began to knit scarves for …

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[25 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,415 views]
VolunTartans Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts Featured in The Capistrano Dispatch

The recent efforts of the St. Margaret’s community, specifically the team of Upper School students, administrators and parents who traveled to the East Coast during Christmas Break to provide onsite aid to those hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy are profiled in this week’s edition of The Capistrano Dispatch. Click here to read the full story.
To read last week’s Tartan Today feature article by Lora Allison and view photo gallery, click here.

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[11 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 2,006 views]
Tartans Travel to New York to Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief

Over the past week, 11 Upper School students and four adults traveled to the outskirts of New York City and the shores of New Jersey to assist with the relief efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The experience was even better than we could have imagined and the trip was full of many profound moments. For three of the days we were connected with an organization called Operation Blessing, a nonprofit that has a strong and prolonged presence in Breezy Point – a community densely populated with first responders that was hit particularly hard by the hurricane with fires

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[11 Jan 2013 | admin | Comments Off | 1,259 views]
Students Organize Successful Book Drive to Donate to Local Schools in Need of Library Resources

With the help of the St. Margaret’s community, Upper School students Carolyn King, Alissa Ohanesian, Harout Ohanesian and Victoria Lee, founders of the club Books for a Brighter Future, organized a book drive that resulted in a successful turnout of nearly 4,000 books within a three-week period. Having collected a variety of new to gently-used books, the group donated them to some of San Juan Capistrano’s local schools in need of library resources.
Click here to read the San Clemente Times article.
Click here to read the Dana Point Times article.
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[20 Dec 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,798 views]
SMES Socks it for Hurricane Sandy Victims and Raises More Than $8,000

The last five weeks have indeed been busy, made even busier at times with the events created to raise money and awareness for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. These events have included a school-wide toiletry drive, wearing crazy socks in Lower School, buying hot cocoa and French toast, making fleece comfort blankets and bringing in socks and underwear to a Middle School dance and in the Upper School, screening Grease the movie, and taking donations at athletic events. Then there was the Lower School Sock Hop and school wide music …

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