Solana Beach Schools Foundation donates more than $260,000 to district


Thanks to the Solana Beach Schools Foundation, local students will continue to learn much more than reading, writing and arithmetic.

On behalf of the Solana Beach School District, the school board on Feb. 11 accepted more than $260,000 in donations from the district-wide nonprofit.

“We’re happy to be able to support the kids in this district in any way that we can,” said Patti Malmuth, executive director of the foundation, in an interview.

Founded in 1987, the Solana Beach Schools Foundation raises funds to support school programs and students in the Solana Beach School District. Funds help schools offer Discovery Labs, which focus on science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math, or STREAM, and supplemental physical education.

“Discovery Labs are very closely aligned with what’s happening in the classroom,” Malmuth said. “It’s really taken off this year. The kids love it and we’re excited about it.”

The foundation, which raises close to $1 million each year, presents the district with quarterly donations. The foundation’s latest donation of $260,882.49 stems from funds raised October through December.

Funds benefit six of the district’s seven elementary schools. The Parent Teacher Organization at Solana Santa Fe heads fundraising for that school.

The foundation hopes to raise at least $866,000 this year, Malmuth said.

Most funds are raised through the foundation’s annual fund drive. Funds are also raised at a variety of fundraising activities and special events throughout the year, including school-based fun runs, a Halloween Carnival and the annual Solana Beach Bash, which is set for May 2 at the Belly Up Tavern.

“We’re so grateful to all our parents and the greater community for supporting us,” Malmuth said.

For more about the Solana Beach Schools Foundation, or to donate or volunteer, call 858-794-7180 or visit

For more about the Solana Beach Bash, visit