An upended school year has yet to deter the great schools that are at the foundation of this great community.

Students and teachers learned valuable lessons from adversities caused by distance and hybrid learning models. We, at Carlsbad Educational Foundation, learned something too.

We have a new appreciation for educational experiences offered in Carlsbad that help students realize their potential and pursue their dreams.

Nolan Mejia, a 2021 Sage Creek alumnus headed to Stanford University this fall, credits Project Lead the Way (PLTW) for inspiring his passion to pursue biomedical science:

“This program made my career goals clear: empower the community with medical tools to transform healthcare. In the future, I aspire to lead a biotechnology company that creates groundbreaking medical devices that improve people’s quality of life.”

As we prepare for the year ahead, Carlsbad Educational Foundation approved more than $1 million in funding for Project Lead the Way and other programs that provide hands-on experience in music, science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.

We’re excited to bring back experiences like 2nd-grade robotics, K-8 Science Days, 5th-grade BizTown, 12th-grade Finance Park, elevated science labs, and designated elementary school music teachers.

Every student of every age benefits from these programs, and these experiences are one reason why Carlsbad’s graduates are prepared to become influential leaders and successful adults.

Thank you for the help from generous donors, the partnerships with Carlsbad’s business community, and the thoughtful adaptations made within Carlsbad Educational Foundation.

We’re excited to start this school year and return to what we’ve missed with even greater appreciation!

To learn more about programs exclusively funded to the Carlsbad Unified School District from Carlsbad Educational Foundation, visit www.CarlsbadEd.org.

This article appeared in the August 2021 Carlsbad Business Journal.