summer enrichment institute

LAEF’s King and Queen of Hearts graced the campus of Lee Elementary with their presence during the second session of the Los Alamitos Education Foundation’s (LAEF) 10th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI). King George and Queen Linda Sagen have three children who graduated from Los Alamitos High School, they have grandchildren who attend school in the district, and they are residents of Los Alamitos. The King and Queen visited the Summer Food Exploration and All About Slime classes. The children were very excited to show LAEF’s Royals what they were learning!

summer enrichment institute
Photo courtesy of LAEF.

George and Linda Sagen were crowned in February and will reign until the next Royals are appointed at the Royal Ball and Coronation event on February 7, 2020. Four couples joined the Royal Court in December of 2018 and competed against each other to raise as many funds as possible; each dollar counted as a vote.

Past LAEF Royalty include Geoffrey King (King Financial Group), Wendee Close (CLS Financial), Kerrie Davanon (Happy Hour Fit Club), Brian Leibl (LAHS parent), Matt Herrick (Southland Credit Union), Adriana Preciado-Ziegenbusch (Seal Beach Lions Club), Tom Lent (Southland Credit Union), Tina Heeren (LAHS Counselor), Meg Cutuli (Board of Education) and Mike Tannourji (McGaugh parent).

The King & Queen of Hearts campaign funds the LAEF STEAM Initiative, which supports Media/STEAM teachers and instruction at all district schools, free STEAM project development classes, STEAM Fairs on all nine district campuses, and the district-wide STEAM Showcase. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

LAEF is proud to have provided over 100 enrichment classes this summer to students in grades TK-12. Over 400 students took one or more SEI classes and learned more about reading, writing, math, theater, art, cooking, science, technology, physical fitness and much more! Small class sizes (maximum 17 students), which are taught by credentialed teachers and highly qualified instructors in 2-hour blocks, provided the ideal educational environment for students to continue to learn over the summer.

LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For more information, visit or call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 today!

This article was released by LAEF.