Sunshine Letters | Tahoe Truckee community offers kudos
Ryan Summerlin May 16, 2013
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — SOS Outreach graduates 22
Twenty-two Truckee Elementary School youths graduated from SOS Outreach’s five-day Learn To Ride Program at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area on Sunday, March 3. This and other SOS Outreach programs target local youth to get involved in snowsports as an avenue for promoting self respect, social skills, character development, positive decision making, and community leadership curriculums.
This year, 25 participants started the Tahoe Donner Learn To Ride session. Almost all were “never-evers,” taking the first day to learn the basics of strapping or stepping in, balancing, and stopping. during a six-week period, Tahoe Donner donated instructors, lift tickets, and equipment rental to the program. Every day, groups of new-found friends could be seen helping each other to “pizza,” or later to accomplish “falling leaf” turns, or eventually to get on and off lifts. By day five, every youth in the program was able to get on and off the most advanced lift on the mountain, a huge feat for youth who only weeks before had struggled to visualize themselves with enough courage or discipline to slip down a small hill without falling.
The confidence inspired by each day’s newest accomplishment was easy to notice in the group, both on and off the hill. Teachers of students involved in SOS programs often report back that students, once shy and quiet had become filled with confidence and enthusiasm after participating in a ride day, or that those who had once struggled to pay attention to instruction suddenly understood the benefit of following instruction.
SOS attributes this sort of personal growth to the emphasis placed on the five core values of the program: Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom and Compassion.
During the graduation ceremony on Sunday, instructors spoke not only about students’ individual progression on the hill, but also about their use of the core values and their personal growth in the last six weeks. The 22 youths will be eligible to participate in SOS’ season-long program, University, starting next year.
SOS Outreach would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Tahoe Donner for their in-kind donations of ski and snowboard instructors’ time, equipment rentals, and lift tickets. We would not be able to accomplish our mission of inspiring youth to make healthy decisions for positive lives without mountains like this.
Additionally, we have great appreciation for our amazing volunteers, Randal Hutchinson, Amy Guinan, and Chris Carillo for the time and energy they have spent investing in the lives of local youth. Your impact will be felt for generations. For more information on SOS Outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, go to www.sosoutreach.org, or call the Tahoe office at 775-298-0260.
Thank you all from Family Resource Center of Truckee
The Board of Directors of the Family Resource Center of Truckee warmly thanks all of the supporters who donated to the Truckee Noon Rotary Crab Feed fundraiser auction.
We are indebted to the generosity of this wonderful community! Thank you all for helping us provide much-needed services to Truckee’s families.
Lani Ackerman, Monica Altieri, Gary E. Archie II, Chris Banovich, Alicia Barr, Shari Beard, Brooke Bentley, Jenna Bergna, Bespoke, Wes and Tanya Beyer, Catherine and Ben Blaber, Kenny Blum, Greg Booth, Jon Borden, Ileama Borsani, Janet Brady, Laura Bronstone, Mike Brown, Carla Brown, Greg Buchheister, Martin Carlton, Wild Cherries, Elsa Corrigan, Chris Crossen, Dr. Spencer Cruttenden, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig, Johanna Lasseter-Curtis, Elisa DiNallo, Krista Finn, Brett Fite, Jen Fluharty, Andrea Gaffney, Sheri Gerber, Lynn Gibson, Lisa Gotts, Start Haus, Brad Henry, Bob Hickam, Lauren Hickey, Debbie and Josh Hoyer, Lorenzo Islas, Billy Jacobs, Alissa Just, Jennifer Kabat, Vicki Kahn, Smokey’s Kitchen, Saudra Koeck, Lindy Kramer, Katy Kula, Bernard LaForest, Jane Landstrom, Larry Larson, Lather and Fizz, Jaime Legare, Wayne Levenfeld, Eva Lipson, Kait Mally, Nicole Ashton Martin, Ben Martin, Joseph Mattioli, Sherry McConkey, Billy McCullough, Ryan McGath, Melody Meng, Stephanie Meyers, Jen Monson, Becky Moore, JJ Morgan, Courtney Murrell, Dan O’Gorman, Keith Omeara, Jani Osborne, Chris Otto and Stephanie Shepherd, Elise Pannell, Dr. Brian Pierce, T Pots Pottery, Mike and Suzanne Preaseau, Bill Quesnel, Michelle Rahlves, Melody Rebbeck, Holly Redpath, Charlie Riley, Bill Rock, Lindsay Rojas, Tanya Rose, Michael Rosen, Mark Sackett, Megan Sampsel, Kaili Sanchez, Lydia Sparksworthy, Pet Station, Aimee Sweeney, Karen Terrey, Karen Tomasello, Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, Craig Trumbull, Michele Turley, LAC MTCM, Tom Turner, Roy Tuscany, Ray Villaman, Andy Wirth, Summer Wood, Donna Wood, Doug Wright, and Julie Young.
And huge, huge thank you to Truckee Noon Rotary and Steve Randall for putting on a fabulous event! We all look forward to Crab Feed 2014!
Family Resource Center of Truckee
A Big Thanks to Rx Drug Take-back Community Partners and Volunteers
The Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition would like to sincerely thank all of the community partners and volunteers for their involvement with our biannual Rx Drug Take-back event on Saturday, April 27th, 2013. This event would not have been successful without the support and generosity of the following community partners; the Truckee Police Department’s Chief Adam McGill, Angela Smith and Officer Noel Borden; Placer County Sherriff Office’s staff and Kristen Man; TT-FWDD Volunteers Dick and Dianne Hilly, Eileen Bohn, Ingrid Eccles, Lynn Booth, Robert Baughn, Crystal Grippin, and Pam Emmerich; Safeway in Truckee, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, North Tahoe PUD, Tahoe City PUD, TiP Printing & Graphics, our local pharmacies, the Sierra Sun, and Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) for donating advertising in the Sierra Sun.
Lastly, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the 109 residents of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe who showed they care about the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs by turning in 184 pounds of medications, bring the total to more than 784 pounds in three years.
Devin Bradley, TT-FWDD Program Coordinator