Anderson Children's Foundation

La Quinta High School

Culinary Arts Program (2021-2022)

The La Quinta High School Culinary Arts Academy is a CTE program that is designed to promote college and career readiness for at-risk youth.

Our program reaches students that are in special education, english learners, low-income students, students with low attendance, low grades, and low test scores.We are very active in the community, and promote public service in addition to career readiness. The Culinary Arts Academy strives to prepare students to be successful working in various culinary-related careers, and to learn valuable life skills to use in their own homes on a daily basis.

A very big aspect of our program is the continual need for materials such as food and other kitchen supplies, so that students can actually practice the skills that they are learning. The Anderson Family Grant will help us meet the needs of our students by providing food, supplies, and kitchen uniforms, and enable us to focus more on learning and community service instead of spending so much time and effort on fundraising.

Contact: David Wood, Culinary Arts Teacher at LQHS
Phone: (760) 702-1875
Email: david.wood@desertsands.us

Public Service Academy Physical Fitness Attire (2021-2022)

The La Quinta High School Public Service Academy is a California Partnership Academy within a public high school in the Coachella Valley. Our academy serves over 200 high school students that are interested in public service careers such as criminal justice, firefighting, and emergency services. Over 50% of our entering students are designated as "at-risk". This means they have several characteristics and factors that make them atrisk for not completing high school. During our three year program they must meet certain requirements in the areas of academics, community service and physical fitness.Our goal is to show them what public service careers involve and help prepare them for entry into one of these career paths. Physical fitness is a very important requirement for many public service careers such as firefighting, law enforcement and emergency medical services. Physical fitness training and education is a large part of our program.
We use a variety of activities including working out in our own fitness center. Since a large portion of our students are at-risk, many of them do not have the financial ability to purchase appropriate workout attire, especially adequate shoes. Running and working out with improper footwear is is especially hard on their bodies and slows their progress in meeting their fitness goals. The Covid-19 related switch to virtual school and the lock downs have take a toll on their physical fitness. For the next school year, we want to put even more emphasis on students ' meeting their fitness goals and preparing for public service careers. We would like to purchase some workout shirts, shorts and shoes for our students that are unable to afford their own. Our students need to regain physical fitness lost to the lock downs and virtual schooling. There is a large need for qualified, motivated and prepared candidates to enter the public services.

Art Club Field Trip (2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019)

The LQHS Art Club will take its second trip to the Huntington Art Collection, Library and Gardens. Last year, the trip was an overwhelming success with interest from more students than could be accommodated. Students from last year enjoyed the glass figurines and other artworks which were different from anything they’ve seen. They also walked through different cultural gardens and were excited by different aspects of agriculture. Because of the size of the Gardens alone, many students wished they could have stayed longer. Advanced students (AP and IB) were able to get ideas for their portfolios from this trip. Help from the Anderson Children’s Foundation allowed the LQHS Art Club to provide this field trip to students regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Nearly 70% of LQHS students are from low-income families eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. Many of these students never have the opportunity to leave the Coachella Valley for cultural enrichment reasons. Art experiences in a student’s career have been shown to encourage critical and creative thinking which are greatly needed for advancement in core courses such as math, ELA and science. Studies have shown that educational trips contribute to better students outcomes in high school and beyond. Regardless of gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, youth who take educational trips have better grades and higher graduation rates from high school.

For children in the Coachella Valley, specifically at LQHS, seeing and experiencing things first hand, outside of their usual environment can increase confidence and inspire them to achieve new skills.

Aquatics Project (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

2019 was a huge milestone in La Quinta High School Aquatics. With ACF funding a new electronic timing system, we were able to host our first Team Relay Meet with multiple schools from all over Southern California attending. The league and referees enjoyed our system so much that they requested La Quinta to host the first DEL Finals Meet, a great honor that we accepted. During the entire season, there was not a single error in a swimmers time for CIF, accounting for over 950 swimmers. That is an amazing accomplishment in itself. We are excited for the years to come.

In 2020, we are going to reach yet another amazing milestone. ACF approved funding for the top of the line Colorado Timing System (CTS) Scoreboard. Now swimmers, referees, and spectators will be able to view live times as the swimmers participate. This portion of the project is very important to the program, we can now use it as a fundraising tool for years to come. It will be used in all year in both men and women water polo and swim. We are looking forward to hosting large competitive swim meets this year, drawing teams and from all over the west coast.

La Quinta High School is the only remaining aquatics program in DVL without an electronic timing system. This project has three phases with an estimated completion time of three years. This phase consists of purchasing the System 6 Sports Timer from Colorado Timing Systems.

The new timing system is very important and impactful to the swimmers at LQHS. The computer system and touch-pads will give extreme accuracy to the swimmers times during competition. Currently, we use three volunteers per lane and the referee chooses the middle time. If one timer makes a mistake, the athlete is unable to submit that race for CIF. This electronic system reduces the percentage of human error to virtually zero. This system is available for all meets as well as practices.

Band Storage (2019-2020)

The La Quinta High School Blackhawk Brigade began in 1993 to enrich the experience of students at La Quinta High School through music. Members of the Band appear not only on the marching field, but as the pep band at school athletic events, and performers at community events in the Coachella Valley and beyond. The most important function of the Bands of La Quinta is service to its students. Students who participate in the band program not only learn skills they can use for the rest of their lives, but they become more connected to each other in a social environment that is both positive and educational. What more could you want from your high school experience?

This year, the Band will increase its capacity by adding much-needed storage space for instruments and equipment. By installing a permanent storage container, the Band will be enabled to increase the amount of supplies available to students through the Band Program. Students will benefit from additional opportunities for musical enrichment and learning at La Quinta High School.

Male Leadership Academy (2019-2020)

The LQHS Men's Leadership Academy is to inspire at-promise male youth with an adult one to one mentor to support the academic, behavioral, and social-emotional health of each student. With the support of the Anderson's Children Foundation, the LQ MLA will be used to provide one to one mentoring, college field trips, team building field trips, monthly speaker luncheons and activities to connect students to La Quinta High School as a pathway to college and career readiness for historically disadvantaged students.

Robotics Competition (2019-2020)

The Robotics Club will host a trip to the Global Conference of Educational Robotics. This trip will expand the horizons of the STEM offerings at LQHS, and allow us to build on the thriving robotics program at John Glenn Middle School which feeds into the LQHS program. It will help equip students with the knowledge necessary to pursue careers in STEM fields, and helps students engage in a creative and exciting way.

Currently the Robotics club already attends the regional BotBall competitions, and the student interest is growing. Giving these students the opportunity to connect with the KISS institute, who host this conferences and competitions, allows them to expand their STEM education.

Curriculum Enrichment and Individualized Instruction (2013-2014)

Athena Martinez, a sophomore English teacher at La Quinta High School, plans to give her classroom a technological upgrade. Her project is designed to help students actively engage in learning, pass the course, and succeed in other academic endeavors. Curriculum will become highly personalized; grammar lessons, based on in-class assessments, will include websites and key terms that help students with their individual struggles. Students with disabilities, who already receive equal treatment and take classes with non-disabled students, will especially benefit from this upgrade. With the purchase of 38 new Chromebook computers and a high-power laser printer, students will learn to research on the internet, publish essays on projects on the Google cloud, create presentations with new technology, and create online portfolios. In many cases, this will be their first opportunity to freely access high-quality computers and software. This technology, and the confidence and capability with will produce, will help develop students’ real-world skills, preparing them for college and beyond.