TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — As we prepare to kick-off the school year, it’s important to recognize all of the incredible effort demonstrated by students, staff and other volunteers during the summer in support of the Tahoe Truckee Reads literacy campaign.
This collaborative effort between the Excellence in Education Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) and other local organizations is part of the larger national campaign in support of grade-level reading.
The neighborhood-based reading programs led by teachers and volunteers were successful, engaging more than 100 Tahoe-Truckee children regularly in reading activities during the summer months. TTUSD offered a new, free summer school “Kinder-Camp” program designed to help incoming kindergarten students prepare for school. The Community Bookshelf project that launched in partnership with Truckee Rotary continues to provide free reading material accessible throughout the region.
These initiatives are all part of the nationally recognized plan to improve grade-level literacy by the end of third grade.
The Excellence in Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to enhance public education within the TTUSD. Last school year, the Foundation proudly contributed more than $200,000 in grant funding to the classrooms and programs of TTUSD.
There are many ways members of the community can support the Excellence in Education Foundation. The easiest way is to become a “Friend of Education.” This is an annual gift/membership, starting at $35 that goes directly into the 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.
Another way to support the Foundation is through the purchase of a Dining for Schools card.
On sale starting Sept. 1, cards are $50 each and entitle the bearer to 50 percent off an entrée at 40 participating restaurants during designated times throughout the school year. It’s a great way to sample the fabulous restaurants in the region while also supporting local public education. Cards will be available for purchase at Porters Sports, Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware, Save Mart 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.
Laura Abbey Brown is the executive director of the Excellence in Education Foundation.