Back to School: Become a ‘Friend of Education’ donor this year |

Back to School: Become a ‘Friend of Education’ donor this year

Laura Abbey Brown
Special to the Bonanza

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Excellence in Education Foundation would like to welcome you back to a new school year! Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed many days in the sun over your summer break and your kids are ready head back to a new classroom, a new teacher and maybe even a new school.

As we kick off the new school year, the Foundation would like to encourage you to get involved in our local educational community. Information about Back to School nights at every TTUSD school site will soon be coming home with your child.

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; to sign up to be a field trip driver; or to 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.

Another great way to support our local schools is to become a “Friend of Education” donor. This is an annual gift, starting at $35 that goes directly into the Excellence in Education Foundation’s grant-giving fund.

The Excellence in Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was created to enhance public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Each year the Foundation fundraises and provides grants and resources to the teachers and staff of our school district.

Last school year, the Foundation proudly contributed nearly $300,000 in grant funding to the classrooms and programs of TTUSD.

Friends of Education donors are kept up-to-date on the Foundation’s work and programs via regular newsletters and annual reports.

Another great way to support the Foundation is through the popular Dining for Schools program. Cards go on sale September 1 for $50 each, and entitle the card holder to 50 percent off an entrée at 45 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.

Cards will be available for purchase at Mountain Hardware, Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and The Store in Tahoe City. Dining for Schools cards can also be purchased online at or by calling 530-550-7984.

Laura Abbey Brown is executive director of the Excellence in Education Foundation. Visit to learn more.

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