Solana Beach Ball offers community opportunity to support Solana Beach schools

Bryce Pickwell paints his fish for his sixth-grade class art project for the Solana Beach Ball. Photo by Karen Billing
Bryce Pickwell paints his fish for his sixth-grade class art project for the Solana Beach Ball. Photo by Karen Billing

By Karen Billing

Staff Writer

The Solana Beach Ball is coming up, an event that helps bring art, science, PE and technology to students at Skyline and Solana Vista Schools. The Solana Beach Foundation for Learning is looking for community support for the schools on their biggest fundraising event of the year.

“For little public schools in this little town, it’s a pretty big event for us,” said Hedy Allen-Hydo, Skyline’s foundation site president.

“The Beach Ball is more of a big community event, even if your kids don’t go to the two elementary schools, it’s also supporting our local businesses,” said event chair Scott Billington said.

The Solana Beach Ball will be held on Saturday, April 30, at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. There will be dinner and dancing, and live and silent auctions will feature big ticket items such as a weekend in Mammoth and more priceless items like artwork created by every classroom at the two schools. On Tuesday this week, Skyline sixth graders were hard at work on their art offering — painted wooden fish.

“The minute you walk in you see all the stuff our children produce from the programs that we’re funding,” Billington said. “There’s a feeling that everybody’s trying for the same effort, to raise money for our children.”

As the event nears, the foundation is looking to local parents and businesses to support the event. Billington said there is a multitude of ways to get involved by donating auction items or services, direct dollars or man-hours.

The foundation is a critical financial source for Solana Beach School District schools as its funds pay salaries for science, art, technology and PE teachers and all of their supplies.

And those teachers make a big difference in the classroom.

“Over the last three years we’ve raised our science scores significantly,” Allen-Hydo said, citing that students have scored 91 percent advanced or proficient in science where three to four years ago students were scoring in the low 70s.

In technology classes, students are working on iPads and in art, Skyline students dabble in pottery as the school has its own kiln.

“(Pottery) is something a lot of kids don’t get exposed to,” Allen-Hydo said.

Subjects such as art, PE, science and technology help enrich a child’s education and wouldn’t be possible without the foundation’s support.

To get involved with the Solana Beach Ball, visit

  1. Donation forms are available online.


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