Carpinteria Education Foundation

CEF gives Sally Green an A+ for 25 years of service to Carp students

Carpinteria Education Foundation will honor Sally Green for her 25 years of service to Carpinteria schools at their 28th Annual Carp-a-Cabana benefit on Sept. 12.

A familiar face in the community, Green’s career in education started before she was hired as Director of the After School Program at Carpinteria Middle School and Canalino Elementary. She was working for the Los Angeles Unified School District when she and her family moved to Carpinteria.

“At the time there were 850,000 students in LAUSD. I had been a teacher, and an involved parent, and attended site and district meetings representing my girls’ schools. I was fascinated with the ‘small’ CUSD district,” said Green, Carpinteria Unified School District board member, and retired Canalino Elementary Principal. She holds a Masters of Supervision and Administration in addition to a Life Teaching Credential and a bachelor’s in English Literature from UCLA. “I knew I wanted to work here. Even though the number of students was vastly different, the running of the district and issues were similar. I joined CEF for the same reason. I was impressed that the community so strongly supported the schools with their donations and time.”

Each year, Carp-a-Cabana celebrates a Carpinterian whose positive impact on education is felt community-wide. Due to COVID-19, this year’s festivities will be a little different.

First, masks are not required. The party will be delivered to your Carpinteria door, and you get to decide how big the celebration will be. Here’s how it works: Do not dress up. Do not hire a babysitter. Do make a donation and enjoy the evening of Sept. 12.

Donation suggestions include a $20 ticket; $75 will include cocktails for two delivered; and for $125 an orchid from Westerlay Orchids will be delivered with the cocktails for two. It is perfectly acceptable to add the money saved from not hiring a babysitter and not dressing up to your donation, according to event organizers.

“Sally’s enthusiasm and willingness to support Carpinteria’s youth seems to have no limits, from principal to CEF board member to mentor and CUSD trustee she is committed to ensuring that our kids have the resources, opportunities, and people around them to not only succeed but to truly thrive,” said Casey Balch, CEF president.

In her role as a school board member, Green supports the COVID-19 Distance Learning challenge to ensure students and teachers have all the supplies they need, and rigorous learning takes place every day. “The board wants every child to be in attendance each day, and to succeed over these next months until we can resume normal classroom learning,” reported Green, who also was an Instructional Assistant for Aliso Elementary kindergarten teachers and an Administrator of Special Education Aides at Canalino.

While Carp-a-Cabana is CEF’s largest fundraiser, the nonprofit is dedicated to raising money for enrichment programs all year long. Dine Out 4 Carp Kids program has garnered more than $10,000 for after-prom parties and additional science curriculum, among other avenues of learning.

“Congratulations Carpinteria for helping to provide for our schools,” said Green. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was 5 years old because I loved little children and being with them. Being with children, listening to them, and guiding them has always been my favorite part of education. I love when kids wave and say ‘Hi, Mrs. Green!’”

President Balch summed up, “The Carpinteria Education Foundation is so very fortunate to have Sally be such a huge part of our organization and her service to the children of the Carpinteria Valley is inspiring.”

To learn more about Carp-a-Cabana or to contribute to furthering educational opportunities for Carpinteria schoolchildren, visit

Great Schools Don't Just Happen!

Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF) exists to:

  • Promote Excellence in Education

  • To Channel Private Sector Resources to Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD)

  • To Inform and Involve the Community of the Needs of the School District

We are fortunate to be part of a supportive community that fosters a strong commitment to the schools and Carpinteria children. To protect and enhance the quality of life in our community, and to insure the value of our homes and property, we must continue to provide supplemental support for the educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for all students in the district.

Together, we can ensure our local children are on the cutting edge of technology, enriched by participating in the arts, have the opportunity to carry on Carpinteria’s rich agricultural economy, and compete in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) as they enter a workforce that continues to evolve.

Schools We Support:Aliso ElementaryCanalino ElementaryCarpinteria Family SchoolSummerland ElementaryCarpinteria Middle SchoolCarpinteria High SchoolRincon/Foothill High School

Contact Us:

Pam Werner, Administrator

Carpinteria Education Foundation

P.O. Box 9, Carpinteria, CA 93014


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