MBEF supports programs that will inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools through the Social Inclusion Grants. Originally initiated by Malissia and Ron Clinton in 2015, the Social Inclusion Grants help to bridge divides in our community and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all children. MBUSD students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply for small grants to introduce programs that will focus on celebrating and respecting diversity — with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, economic status, ability, and culture.

Social Inclusion Grant Information
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2021-22 Social Inclusion Grant Awards

Funded Grants:

Grant Title Award Approved School Grade Description
Celebrating Human and Cultural Diversity Through Play $200 Grand View TK Enhance cultural diversity and social inclusion of different-abled peers through the use of play with figures and dolls.
Building A Campuswide Community of Inclusion and Friendship $500 Pennekamp TK-5 Program to foster an inclusive community at Pennekamp Elementary by bringing staff and students together in learning about and working with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community on campus and promote friendship and teamwork.
Including All $600 Pennekamp TK-5 Program to incorporate more visuals to the campus to educate staff, students, and families about the Deaf community and Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) with the objective of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing students to feel more included and encourage socialization with all students.
Sensory Garden $250 Grand View TK-5 Support for the rehabilitation of the Grand View Garden to create an inclusive space that encourages deeper awareness of self, fosters community, and cultivates empathy for others.
Windows and Mirrors $360 Pacific K Encourage the focus on depth and complexity icon of multiple perspectives by encouraging young students to engage in the concept of “windows and mirrors”. Diverse books and literature will be used to prompt students to consider if a character is a mirror of themselves, or serves as a window into new perpectives, ulitmately challenging the minds of kindergartners.
Honoring Asian American Pacific Islanders $2,000 Grand View K-5 Educational program to enrich student knowlege of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage and inspire all students to be open, respectful, and inclusive regardless of their race, ethnicity, or background.
International Day 2022 $1,500 Districtwide K-12 A districtwide festival celebrating cultures and diversity within our district, where over 40 languages are spoken, to help students and families appreciate the rich cultural diversity of MBUSD and promote a community of inclusion and respect of all cultures by embracing and celebrating our similarities and differences.
Honoring Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage at Meadows $2,960 Meadows K-5 Creation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) related educational activities aligned with grade-level curriculum standards and events to expose all students at Meadows to the rich cultural diversity of AAPI individuals.
Robinson Multicultural Heritage Celebration Cookbook/Around the World in 80 Minutes $250 Robinson K-5 The introduction of a cookbook of diverse recipes shared by families and staff will support the signature EDSJI event at Robinson, Support of Around the World in 80 Minutes. The cookbook will celebrate the cultural heritage of our Robinson community through love of food.
Stand 4 Peace Pals Program – Unification Through Education $1,500 Pennekamp K-5 Support of a virtual pen pal type program for classrooms between Emerson Elementary in Compton and Pennekamp Elementary through virtual exchange and shared projects with goal to meet in person on United Nation’s International Peace Day.
Friendology Program $200 Meadows 1-5 Program that inspires students to feel empowered to develop and maintain healthy and positive friendships in and out of school.
Social Inclusion Library $600 Grand View 2-3 Access to more diverse and equitable books that feature diversity in race, gender expansion, physical and intellectual abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and non-typical families for students in the 2nd and 3rd grade shared library.
MBMS Door Decorating $600 MBMS 6-8 Students study and present a Black American hero on a door of classroom to celebrate diversity. This brings Teachers and students together while overlapping subjects in social science, math, physical education and English.
Healthy Relationship Committee $3,000 MCHS 9-12 Program to increase awareness and understanding of healthy relationships between students at MCHS highlighted with guest speakers addressing the student community. The yearlong program will incorporate guest speakers, regular meetings and culminate with Denim Day in April.
Link Crew $1,500 MCHS 9-12 Support for Link Crew at MCHS, which aims to empower upperclassmen to use their experiences and knowledge to help freshmen and new students transition to high school and/or the MCHS campus.
Mustangs Expect Respect- Mira Costa High School $1,120 MCHS 9-12 Support of Mustangs Expect Respect at MCHS, which has three objectives to educate the students: Respect Yourself, Respect Others and Respect Property. Clubs would nominate individual members through a ticket process and then individuals are selected for awards. Equitable access would be a focus since the Clubs reach students across race, gender, disability, religion and sexual orientation differences.
SOLA Surf Club $450 MCHS 9-12 Support for the MCHS SoLa Surfs Club’s, which aims to bring students ages 8-16 from South Los Angeles, who might not otherwise have access to the beach, to Manhattan Beach for a day of surf lessons and beach fun.
College Tour for Black Scholars Union – MCHS $900 MCHS 10-12 Program to promote and encourage college awareness for African-American students and students of color by offering tours of four local colleges prior to completing applications. The exposure to college life and opportunities will encourage a climate of care and inclusion.