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Manhattan Beach To Celebrate Support Our Schools Day

Mar 19, 2024 10:31PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professionals Association.

Get ready to shop, eat, and enjoy services in Downtown Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, when local businesses are giving a percentage of sales back to the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) in support of the Manhattan Beach public schools.

More than 50 downtown businesses have signed on to participate in Support Our Schools Day, with an agreement to donate between 5% and 20% of today's purchases to MBEF.

”We’re thrilled that so many downtown businesses are participating and hope our families will make a day of it," said Hilary Mahan, the executive director of MBEF. "It’s pretty amazing to be part of a community that demonstrates a strong commitment to its schools today and throughout the year."

Even the youngest kids will have a chance to celebrate after school, when they can meet the school mascots in Metlox Plaza between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. and participate in the Support Our Schools Scavenger Hunt. The scavenger hunt will lead participants throughout the downtown businesses to earn "carrot coins" for the Manhattan Beach Farmers’ Market. (To enter, stop by Shade Hotel or download and print the entry form here.)

A full list of businesses and their contributions follows. Please note that restrictions may apply for various businesses (including time of day that the discount will be honored, types of products, etc.). To view all of the restrictions, visit Support Our Schools.


All Seasons Skincare - 10% of sales
Beach by Everything But Water - 10% of sales
Beach Cities Optometry - 10% of sales
Bella Beach Kids - 10% of sales
Bespoke by Chase - 7% of sales
Blue Diamond Jeweler - 20% of sales
Bo Bridges Gallery - 10% of sales
Culture Brewing - 10% of sales
El Sombrero - 10% of sales
Esperanza - 10% of sales
Fishing with Dynamite - 10% of sales
Gelato & Angels - 15% of sales
Go Gently Nation - 10% of sales
Growing Wild - 10% of sales
Gum Tree - 15% of sales
Hammitt - 10% of sales
Health Nut - 15% of sales
Hennessey's - 20% of sales
Hook & Plow - 15% of sales
John Post Photography - 10% of sales
Katwalk - 10% of sales
Laird - 20% of sales
Look! Optometry - 5% of sales
Love & Salt - 10% of sales
Mangiamo - 10% of sales
Manhattan Denim - 20% of sales
Margaret O'Leary - 15% of sales
MB Post - 10% of sales
Nando - 10% of sales
Nati - 15% of sales
Noelle Interiors - 10% of sales
{pages} a bookstore - 10% of sales
Paradise Bowls - 10% of sales
Pasha - 15% of sales
Petros - 10% of sales
Preso Tea - 10% of sales
Rock'n Fish - 15% of sales
Salt & Straw - 15% of sales
Shellback - 5% of sales
Simmzy's - 10% of sales
Skechers - 10% of sales
Slay Italian Kitchen - 10% of sales
Slay Steak and Fish House - 10% of sales
Spyder - 10% of sales
Tabula Rasa - 15% of sales
The Arthur J - 10% of sales
The Beehive - 10% of sales
The Strand House - 15% of sales
Uncorked - 20% of sales
Waterleaf - 15% of sales
Waverly - 15% of sales
Wright's - 10% of sales
Zinc @ Shade - 15% of sales

The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation - which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2023 -  is a community-driven fundraising organization designed to supplement state funding for programs that promote innovation and academic excellence in Manhattan Beach's public schools. 

It was founded in 1983 to provide a means for parents to invest in public education for their children. That need has grown from a few thousand dollars a year at the start to a multi-million dollar commitment that helps to maintain rigorous academics and educational opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. In the 2022/23 school year, MBEF funded over $6.1 million to MBUSD.

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