A day of Pumpkin Race fun can make a world of difference!

The CHOICE Team worked hard to power the 2016 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race and Pumpkin Races in over 23 cities as part of their work experience, local booster fundraising, and involvement in National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  #InclusionWorks

2 weeks of training and 6 weeks of work experience assembling Special Edition “Made by CHOICE” Pumpkin Race Kits in their off-campus neurodiverse workplace…


3 weeks of community outreach, socializing, and booster fundraising with Pumpkin Race Kit sales at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market


1 day of PURE FUN kicking off the 2016 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race….group-shot

and community outreach, bonding, booster fundraising with Made by CHOICE products…


The CHOICE Team was treated to an appreciation brunch and received certificates of participation and completion of the 2016 Pumpkin Race project in partnership with Smashing Success and the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department.


NBC NEWS LOS ANGELES – http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/l
THE BEACH REPORTER – http://tbrnews.com/news/manhattan-beach-pumpkin-race-helps-with-autism-awareness/article_a2ecaa24-9637-11e6-8bad-c3aa1ede1aa4.html
THE BEACH REPORTER –  http://tbrnews.com/news/attend-th-annual-manhattan-beach-pumpkin-race/article_8bbd64c8-9b01-11e6-b088-f3082a719ee2.html
DIG MB – http://www.digmb.com/2016/10/21/124982/pumpkin-race-aims-to-make-autism-work
CHICAGO TRIBUNE –  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-pumpkin-race-autism-st-1019-20161015-story.html
VOICE OF AMERICA (Russian Version) – http://www.golos-ameriki.ru/a/pumpkin-race-halloween/3567495.html






Pumpkin Race Kit assembly begins with the CHOICE Team!

MBUSD CHOICE Team members are working hard, and having a bit of fun, helping the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department and Smashing Success prepare for the 26th annual Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race Festival @ The MB Pier, 12p-5p on Sunday, October 23, 2016.  Pumpkin Race Kit assembly has begun!

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Join the Race to Make Autism Work in the South Bay

The 25 year Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race tradition has become an annual fundraiser for the MBUSD CHOICE Booster Club to benefit the MBUSD Special Education Department CHOICE Transition Program.

One day of pure fun for families, friends, and neighbors now helps help create year-round work experience, real-world job training, and employment benefit for students learning to live and work in our community as neurodiverse adults.

Form a team, or join a team, or support a team!  Have the time of your life racing your Pumpkin Racer to help our community’s neurodiverse young adult students succeed in their individual transition goals.

Form your own Pumpkin Race fundraising team now!   Pre-order your Special Edition CHOICE Booster Pumpkin Race Kit which includes fundraiser registration, materials, and online resources and tips for fundraising, making your Pumpkin Racer, and a CHOICE Team Member Stat Card.  Delivery on/abt Sept 1, 2016.

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Special Edition  CHOICE Booster Pumpkin Race Kit

MB Pumpkin Race Kit Contents



A big THANK YOU to every wonderful and kind person who supported the MBUSD CHOICE Team 2016 Season Kick-Off event April 20th at the Manhattan Beach County Library.   Your presence let us know that our community is ready, willing, and able to help our young adult neurodiverse population succeed in their individual transition goals.  To all of those who showed support online, or were unable to attend in person, your emotional and financial support was felt in the room by all.    Thank you all!

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A BIG THANK YOU also to the growing number of local businesses and civic organizations opening your workplaces and hearts to support the CHOICE Transition Program and the 2016 CHOICE Team.

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Charter MBUSD CHOICE Program partners and supporters include the City of Manhattan Beach, MB Parks and Recreation, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, LAcarGUY, Shade Hotel, Rock N’Fish, Downtown Business & Professional Association, Smashing Success, Tabula Rasa, Grow Produce, Nikau Kai Waterman Shop, El Segundo Animal Hospital, Spicers Paper, and others.

Thank you Abby Hacohen for writing this informative DIGMB.COM article about the formation of the MBUSD CHOICE Program and booster.

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Above, CHOICE booster volunteer and residential Autism services provider Matt Moser accepts donations for delicious and delightful MADE BY CHOICE items assembled by the CHOICE Team.

Above far right, (L to R) Steve Napolitano (Sr. Deputy LA County Supervisor 4th District), Karl Rogers (President Smashing Success), Kay Holliday (President, CHOICE Booster Club)


MBUSD CHOICE Program and Booster Kick-Off: From L to R: Carolyn Robb (VP Fundraising), Lisa Weaver (Volunteer), Michael Hudak (MB Parks & Rec), Kay Holliday (President CHOICE Booster Club), Idris Al-Oboudi (Manager MB Parks & Rec), Sonia Dickson (CHOICE Program Developer), Wayne Powell (MB City Councilmember), Lareina Rodriguez (CHOICE Instructor), Karl Rogers (President, Smashing Success), Mike Sullivan (Owner, LAcarGuy)   Photo: Abby Hacohen/DIGMB