Webster Elementary, Malibu, CA
Webster Elementary's 340 students take great pride in their school, in their learning, and in themselves because they are immersed in an environment where it is abundantly clear that everyone around them cares very deeply about their happiness and success. Teachers welcome every child into their classrooms and provide a stimulating and challenging curriculum as they strive to ignite the passion for learning that lives within their students. The children see their parents volunteering as classroom aides, guest speakers, traffic monitors, playground supervisors, and Thursday soup chefs. Students interact regularly with community members who contribute their knowledge, energy, and talents to their educational experiences. These include Deputy Jake, the Sheriff's STAR Program deputy, Pepperdine students who serve as reading tutors, and the representatives of non-profits like Shane's Inspiration, Bookends, and School on Wheels with which students are involved.