"Gifted" teachers say thanks


    I am writing to publicly recognize and thank many of the restaurants in Malibu for their donations of a lunch or dinner for two as holiday gifts to the teachers at Webster School. This is the seventh year that I have asked for these gifts and the response has been extremely gratifying. The restaurants participating this year were: Allegria, BeauRivage, Coogie’s, Duke’s Malibu, Gladstone’s, Godmother, Granita, The Gray Whale, Guido’s, John’s Garden, Malibu Inn, Marmalade, Michael’s (3), Paradise Cove Beach Cafe (2), Pier View, Reel Inn, Saddle Peak Lodge (2), Taverna Tony and Tutto Bene.

    It is tremendously gratifying for our teachers to be recognized by the community in this way. Many businesses and individuals make special efforts to help others, especially children, during the holidays. I applaud each and every person who finds time or money to help those in need. Teachers make a career of helping children and their families, and they do this with great skill, energy and dedication every day in the Malibu schools and in schools throughout our country. Every teacher I know is richly deserving of a nice meal at one of the fine restaurants in Malibu, and I am very proud to see this becoming an annual tradition in our community.

    The schools in Malibu are consistently supported by this community in many ways throughout the year. We strongly feel that the families with children in our schools and others throughout Malibu value and appreciate our work. Our students benefit directly every day from this support and involvement. The morale of our staff is also affected in a very positive way. I know I speak for all of us at Webster when I say that we feel fortunate to work in this community and privileged to teach your children. Happy New Year to all and many, many thanks.

    Phil Cott, principal

    Webster Elementary School