News & Updates:

FOCUS ON GRANTS: Why MBEF’s Investment in Music Matters

When California starting cutting funding to public schools in the early 2000s, MBEF saved the musical day by granting funds to MBUSD to keep music instruction in our schools. Today, MBUSD is among only a few dozen of California school districts that still offer instrumental music education at its elementary and middle schools for all students.  … Read more »

Oh, The Places They Have Gone! MBEF’s 30 Under 30

Entrepreneurs.  Techies.  Teachers.  Researchers.  Entertainers.  Manhattan Beach public schools creates them all and some.  Of course, we all know Mira Costa High School consistently ranks in tops of our nation’s high schools and sends its graduates to some of the most competitive colleges in the U.S. But what happens next?  Where do they all go?… Read more »

FOCUS ON GRANTS: Counseling Makes It Happen

Ever since California funding reductions forced cuts to counseling, MBEF has been supporting Mira Costa’s reknown College and Career Center counselors who help our students find that right path beyond MBUSD. Last year, Costa graduates matriculated to 175 colleges across 39 states and four countries. Class of 2013 Costa graduates are now freshman at every… Read more »

Get Ready. November 7th is PLEDGE DAY

Our town is abuzz with all the great things happening in our top-ranked schools:  Robinson Elementary School’s National Blue Ribbon Award, opening of Mira Costa’s Math and Science Building, and an upcoming School Board election. However, at MBEF, one of the biggest days of the year is the day we all give back to our… Read more »

Annual appeal off to a great start at higher goal

Thanks to the support of parents and their school PTA leaders, this year’s Annual Appeal for MBEF is enjoying one of its best kickoffs ever.   More than $2 million has already been raised towards MBEF’s ambitious $5.4 million annual goal. One great development is more parents are giving at higher levels than in previous… Read more »

Time to Peek: Math & Science Building Open House

Now it is our time to finally get to peek inside the massive new Math and Science Building at Mira Costa.   Tonight, from 5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the public is welcome for a dedication ceremony followed by an Open House at the new yellow and red structure. Over the last six weeks, Costa… Read more »

Imagine That! TEDx is back and better than ever!

On November 16th, the Manhattan Beach Middle School will once again transform its halls for an incredible awe-inspiring event – TEDx Manhattan Beach is back with its fourth annual day-long of “ideas worth spreading.” This year’s theme is “Imagine That!” and features a group of speakers that will inspire, disrupt, educate and entertain.  The speaker… Read more »

MBEF Turns 30 – Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Admit it, you probably haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about the history of MBEF this summer.  Despite our summer schedules ourselves, we thought it would be fun to track down some of the key leaders of MBEF over the years and find out what MBEF was like then and how it’s changed. Bob… Read more »

August Kicks off Annual Appeal to Give Students an Edge

Every August, there are a few things you can just count on in Manhattan Beach – fun beach days,  fewer parking spots, and your appeal letter from MBEF.    Yes, this month, MBEF kicks off its Annual Appeal, the main fundraising campaign primarily directed at parents of MBUSD students. The Appeal lasts from August through January…. Read more »