With just over a week left before school starts again, hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy some summertime fun with friends and family and also time keeping up with reading skills! Whether students have spent time at home reading or at the library taking AR tests or participating in one of the many Tahoe Truckee Reads summer reading programs, studies prove reading over the summer break can get kids off to a great start in the new school year.
This summer, hundreds of students throughout Tahoe Truckee Unified School District participated in neighborhood-based reading programs led by teachers and volunteers. Many more attended the K-Camp and Summer Scholars programs for elementary aged students and the Aim High program for middle school students.
These initiatives are part of the nationally recognized plan to improve grade-level literacy by the end of third grade, supported in collaboration with TTUSD and the Excellence in Education Foundation.
The Excellence in Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to enhance public education. Last school year, the Foundation contributed nearly $300,000 in grant funding to the classrooms and programs of TTUSD.
If your child participated in one of these summer programs, or even if he or she didn’t, it’s never too late to get involved with their education. Your child will soon take home Back to School night information from TTUSD school sites.
Back to School nights are a great way to learn about what’s going on at school and find information about how to get involved with your school’s site council, PTO, VIPS or Boosters, sign up to be a field trip driver or volunteer to work one-on-one with kids in math and reading. Volunteering, even in a small way, is a great way to stay involved in your child’s education and make a positive impact on the community.
Another way to support our schools is to become a “Friend of Education” member. This is an annual gift/membership, starting at $35, goes directly into the Excellence in Education Foundation’s grant-giving fund. The membership also keeps participants up-to-date on the Foundation’s work and programs via regular newsletters and annual reports.
The Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards go on sale Sept. 1. They cost $50 each and entitle the bearer to 50 percent off an entrée at more than 40 participating restaurants during designated times throughout the school year.
All proceeds from the sale of Dining for Schools cards go directly to funding classroom programs supported by the Excellence in Education Foundation. Sample regional cuisine while supporting public education. Cards will be available for purchase at Mountain Hardware, Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City), The Store in Tahoe City and online at www.ExinEd.org.
For more information on the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation or its fundraising programs visit www.ExinEd.org or call 530-550-7984.
Shelly Purdy is an Excellence in Education board member.