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LB Senior Plans Showstopping Fundraiser

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Long Beach High School senior Gina Symes built a successful fundraising event from scratch this fall, as part of her National Honor Society officer community service project. A Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser on the evening of Oct. 29 brought entertainment and support together in the auditorium and garnered approximately $700 for the American Cancer Society. 

The event included a fashion show as well as several student-run acts. Four groups of students, parents, breast cancer survivors and teachers walked the runway on stage, and performances were featured in between their debuts. A band comprised of Ashley Friedman, Zen Yokel, Vann Ceniceros, Matthias Roth and Charlie Ashmead provided music, as did saxophone soloist George Ariza. Jessie Mosley and Melanie Seligman presented a dance interlude.

Gina’s inspiration for the venture came from her own mother, a breast cancer survivor with whom she brainstormed ideas. She carried out a well-organized, enjoyable and meaningful gathering from start to finish, thanks in part to the contributions of her peers and family. 

“People kept wanting to help,” Gina said. “I had so much support from students and teachers. It was such a great night.” 

Students assisted with the lighting, music and other behind-the-scenes components. The girls soccer team came straight from their game to walk in the show. A photo booth that Gina and her father built was a popular attraction in the commons, and volunteers sold bracelets, keychains, cupcakes and other items.

“This was for me to tell my mom that I realize what she went through was significant, and that I’m really proud of her,” Gina said. 

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Students Give Handmade Veterans Day Thanks

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Just in time for Veterans Day, Long Beach High School's woodworking students donated their handcrafted Adirondack chairs to the Northport VA Hospital. The students visited the center on Nov. 6 and had the opportunity to meet and show their gratitude to veterans from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. They also toured the facility and visited the Memorial Chapel and the Wall of Wars.

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A Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent:

We were just informed by the Long Beach Police Department that they apprehended a suspect who followed one of our high school students home earlier this week. The suspect is a Level 3 sex offender, and is being held without bail. We expect some press coverage around this incident later today, and wanted to be sure you heard about this from us first.

Even though the suspect is currently in jail, our security guards have all been briefed on the situation and have copies of his photo. As always, we will be vigilant in keeping our campuses secure. These frightening incidents remind us all to speak with our children about travel safety---staying in groups when possible, not speaking with strangers, and immediately reaching out for help when needed. We are grateful for the police officers whose quick work apprehended this person.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have questions, and please know that the safety of our students and staff is our top priority.