Cal Coast Academy's student-operated, 501c3, non-profit organization, Students in the Business of Service (SIBS), provides our student body with work experience that empowers them to excel in school, engage in the community, and develop life and leadership skills. SIBS students not only fine tune their public speaking and communication skills by delivering presentations at local businesses to help solicit community support and program understanding but, they also sew and deliver each and every item they create. Engaging in community service projects and the development of practical skills also contribute to the students' awareness of our school ESLRs.

With oversight from our school appointed SIBS Director, Students in the Business of Service is operated by the students who attend Cal Coast Academy. Since 2007, SIBS has been partnering with Rady Children's Hospital by providing handcrafted decorative pillow cases and neonatal swaddling blankets for the 143,000 sick and injured children who are receiving care through the hospital annually.

"My conception for this community outreach program was to develop an avenue whereby our students are exposed to the world of business while they experience the value of giving to those less fortunate," says Ms. Jan Dunning, director and founder of Cal Coast Academy's SIBS program. "This has been an extremely rewarding experience for all participants while we brighten each recipient's stay at the hospital. Rady Children's Hospital has been an exceptional partner and we are honored to be associated with them."

You don't have to be a big corporation to make a big difference. Our students' dedication along with business donations, impact so many of San Diego's young people. Rarely does a single donation serve two beneficiaries: teens who need to feel that they are an integral part of our community through their contributions, and the young patients at Rady Children's Hospital.

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