Aug 17

Students Are Fulfilling Their Dreams

Jared Powell, Natalie Garcia-Perez and Anahi Garcia-Perez shared their ROP and AVID success stories with the Rim of the World Educational Foundation board at their annual meeting.

“I would not be where I am without AVID.” That is what Natalie Garcia-Perez, a Rim High graduate and current junior at UC Berkeley told the Rim of the World Educational Foundation board at their annual meeting on Aug. 13.

AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – teaches the students how to take better notes, how to study and introduces many to the idea of attending a four-year college.

Natalie’s parents, she told the Foundation board, did not have the educational opportunities she is enjoying. “My Dad went to the first year of middle school. My Mom didn’t finish elementary school. They came here from Mexico with little grasp of the language.”

She added that, while her parents were as helpful as they could be, “when it came to college I was lost.”

In middle school Natalie’s aspirations were to be a stay-at-home mom. She is now majoring in molecular and cellular biology with the intention of going to medical school. Without her AVID college field trip, she said she would not even have applied to Berkeley.

“Now I have so many dreams,” she said.

Natalie was joined at the Foundation meeting by her sister Anahi, a senior at Rim. She started in the AVID program when in 8th grade. “It has changed my life,” Anahi said. “I was clueless about college and what it would do for me.”

Last year Anahi went on the college field trip, which opened her eyes to new campuses. “It gives us the opportunity to experience these schools,” she said. “It made me realize the opportunities out there.”

Like her sister, Anahi plans to go into the sciences but is not sure exactly what her focus will be.


Representing the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) at the Foundation Board meeting was Jared Powell, a Rim High graduate who particularly enjoyed the TV and Video Production ROP class when he was a student on the mountain.

Since he was always interested in art, he majored in Fine Arts and Illustration at Cal State Fullerton. He used that education as a graphic designer for a trade show company and also did some 3D modeling.

Jared kept in touch with his Rim teachers, turning to them for guidance and mentoring. He got a call last year from his former teacher Mr. Urbz, telling him he was moving to Arizona and urging Jared to apply for the TV and Video Production teaching job.

Not only is he teaching that class, Jared is also teaching the 3D Animation course – putting his education and industry experience to good use.

“I’m glad I got that job experience,” he said. “I can teach the students how to conduct an interview, write a. Resume, how to conduct themselves in a real job – things not covered in the standard curriculum in school.”
In addition, Jared said, because he is close to the students in age, “I can keep those teenage feelings fresh to motivate the students. I use my first-hand information now as a teacher.”

The Rim of the World Educational Foundation, whose mission is to “engage parents, business and community partners in the support of Rim of the World public schools and the academic achievements of all its students,” supports both the ROP classes and the AVID program, donating $35,000 to the two programs in the 2016-2017 school year. The Foundation also donated more than $26,000 in Partnership with Schools grants to the six schools in the district.

Aug 14

RIM USD Back to School Breakfast 2017

Rim of the World Educational Foundation Board Members help to welcome back Rim Teachers, Staff and Administrators.

Board Member support teachers, staff and administrators at the 2017 Rim USD Back to School Breakfast

Board President, Jo Bonita Rains Thanks teachers and staff for support of the foundation.

Nathan Hidajat, an MPH Student, donates 50% of the profit from his artwork to Rim Ed Foundation

Aug 02

Results are in, Jensen’s Donates $1,915 to Rim Educational Foundation from Lobster Fest Wine & Beer Sales

Friday, Aug 4 – 6, Jensen’s Lobster Fest Wine & Beer Sales Benefit Rim Educational Foundation

Thank you Jensen’s Foods from the Rim Student,  the Rim Educational Foundation Board and the Community!

Rim Education Foundation Board Members work this Jensen’s management to make this year’s event a great success.

Board members and volunteers are Pat Enterrios, Connie Sweet, Josita Todd, Sue Meeks

Jul 03

Soroptimist International of Rim of the World Awards Grant to Rim Educ. Foundation

Lake Arrowhead Soroptimists awarded Rim of the World Educational Foundation a grant for $1,100! This is a very welcome contribution and will go along way to help support the education of our Rim students.

Thanks to a great organization for supporting our mission and sharing our collective vision that excellent schools create a strong community!

Jun 08

Bank of America partners with Rim of the World Educational Foundation to support local students

Bank of America Donates a $5000 grant to the Rim of the World Educ. Foundation

On June 6, at the Bank of America in Lake Arrowhead Village, board members from the Rim of the World Educational Foundation met with, Matt Burns, Vice President Operations Marketing Manager and our own local, Arlene Marquez, Vice President Financial Center Manager of Bank of America in Lake Arrowhead, for a formal grant presentation from Bank of America to the Rim Educational Foundation in the amount of $5000.

This grant will directly benefit the students in the Rim of the World School District by helping to fund the annual Partnership for Education Grants at all five Rim USD campuses, the ROP programs at Rim High School and the AVID programs at MPH and Rim High School.

“Education is the primary path to sustainable financial stability, and enhanced curriculum can help students stay engaged and excited to learn,” said Al Arguello, Inland Empire market president, Bank of America. “We’re proud to support Rim of the World Educational Foundation in providing grants to improve the education experience at local schools in order to increase local students’ opportunities for academic achievement.”


May 31

AVID Celebration – Students Give Thanks

I wanted to share what Rim Ed was presented with from the Rim High Junior AVID students last night at Rim High School auditorium.  The students presented to the Rim Educ. Foundation Board a photo on the back of which each student wrote about what the College Field Trip meant to them.

Also, every junior and senior personally thanked Rim Educ. Foundation Board. As they did their presentations on the field trip or on the colleges they were attending they voiced their appreciation for the opportunities the Rim Educ. Foundation makes possible.

The students were not only thankful for the College Field Trip but also shared what having the Chromebooks did for them.  Frank the tutor was called up and given accolades for what he has done for the students.  Frank then shared what AVID and the tutoring job has done for him.

May 26

Lake House “First Friday” to Benefit Rim Educational Foundation

‘First Friday’ at The Lake House 

Benefiting Rim Educational Foundation

Friday, June 2 at 4 PM – 7 PM

Join foundation members and other who value fine treasures, for wine, hors d’oeuvres, friendship & fine art! Charity to benefit the 


 The Lake House is located at: 28966 Hook Creek Rd,  Cedar Glen, CA 92321

May 24

Thank You, Mountain Jewish Community

On May 20th, the Mountain Jewish Community organization presented to the  Rim Educational Foundation a donation of $400 to support our Rim students. They have been supportive for the past few years, by attending our events, including the Fashion Show with Jazz and through their generous donations.

May 23

Bids & Brunch, June 17th 10am, Tudor House

Sign up today to attend this upcoming event. The proceeds from the event will benefit Mountain Community charities including the Rim of the World Educational Foundation.  Mtn. Jewish Comm. Bids Brunch Flyer

May 09

“Rain, Sleet or Snow” did not stop us!!! Fashion Show with Jazz was a Great Success

Special Thanks to all who participated in make this year’s event successful:
  • Allen Malloy and Rogue Dolac for sharing the beautiful iconic Hollywood gowns
  • Blue Jay Jazz Foundation for sponsoring the Ryan Nealon Quartet
  • Rim High School’s ROP Print Shop – Rob Wilson generously gave of his time after school and during Spring Break to print our tickets, flyers, and programs. The ROP program provided the paper stock for the flyers and programs.
  • Rim High School’s Audio-visual class – We want to thank Jarod Powell and his video students for filming the Fashion Show once again this year. They do a wonderful job of capturing the fun that everyone has at the event.
  • George Whitty – for sharing his Grammy-award winning talents to bene-fit LAE’s Odyssey of the Mind 5th grade team going to the World Finals at Michigan State May 24th – May 27th.
  • Flowers provided by The Rosy Bouquet
Fashion Show Vendors and Models:
  • Tattle Tails & Leroy’s – Neva and Nina Hidajat, Brooke & Max Bartholomew, Emily Wisman, Sarah Ullman & Callie
  • Wilsons Leather- Angel Rice, Jim Ferrante
  • Alexandra’s Emporium – Stephanie Burrows, Heather Hol-land, Kathy Horton, Laurie Meier, Jodie McDuffie
  • Leroy’s – Amanda Burrows, Aidan Harris, Sarah Ullman, Pete Noriega
  • Mountain Thrift – Laura Macfarlane, Maryke Verdries, Shannon Henyen
  • G.H. Bass – Jacob Black, Larry King, Dave Nygren, Alicia Wilson
  • Sondra’s – Kate Galbreath, Jennifer Hopkins, Veronica McGilvery, Laurie Johnson
Hairstyles by Susan Hall of Cardinale Salon
Vendors Displayed in Lobby:
  • Sondra’s of Lake Arrowhead/Tattle Tales, Alexandra’s Em-porium, Vintage Moments, Creations by Bea, Gold Toe, Ruth Woods, Na-than Hidajat, and Rim High’s Crackpots
Our sincere thanks to these individuals and businesses who gave sponsorships to this event:
  • BENEFACTOR: Serenity Lodge
  • PATRON: Andrew Wexler (Pali Adventures), Institute for Campus Safety,
  • SUPPORTER: Bookkeeping, etc, Smart Investments, Coldwell Banker Skyridge Realty, Marcia Moore
  • BACKER: Arrowhead Fitness, Cheryl Pirih, FUNDamental Concepts, Greg and Gloria Morgan, Marty Sievers(Mountain West Financial Inc.), Nancy Clark, Nancy Taylor, Twin Peaks Auto
  • FRIEND: Barbara Doutt, Cathy Ingham, Geri Quintero, Joan Hopkins, Manny and Barbara Carbajal
Thank you to following businesses for donations to the Opportunity Drawing & Silent Auction:
The Cigar Factory, Country Furniture, Encompass Cynthia Cortez – Interior Designer, Sycamore Ranch Vineyard Wines, Mountain Cinema Club, Tudor House, The Studio Boutique, Lake Arrowhead Association, Lake Arrowhead Pilates, Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, Tommy’s Pet Studio, Nathan Hidajat, Cedar Glen Inn, Lou Eddie’s, Chili’s, Hortensia’s, Lake Arrowhead Sports Grill, & Goodwin’s Market

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