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Give the gift of learning with Excellence in Education

Excellence in Education Executive Director Laura Brown presented a check for $104,114 from the Foundation’s fall grant cycle to TTUSD Superintendent Dr. Rob Leri and TTUSD Trustee Kim Szczurek at last week’s school board meeting.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Whether you’re looking for an end-of-the-year charitable contribution for tax purposes or are just in the spirit of giving this holiday season, consider becoming an Excellence in Education “Friend of Education” member.

During the past 24 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants that have gone directly to classrooms and programs at every school within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Foundation grants have funded everything from musical instruments to state-of-the-art science equipment to supplemental math and reading materials to iPods in the classroom. Our funding has also supported advanced teacher training and special initiatives like Tahoe Truckee Reads, a community wide effort to improve grade level literacy for all of our students.

Every fall, the Foundation asks local teachers to submit grant requests in the form of their best and most creative ideas for helping students learn and perform better in their classrooms. Unfortunately, not all grant requests are funded as there are usually more requests than available funding.

During the 2012/13 school year, the Foundation funded more than $200,000 in grants and educator awards. For the 2013/14 school year, we are on track to do the same.

The Foundation also recognizes the outstanding teachers and classified employees within the school district through the Linda Brown Fellow and Star awards. The award winners are chosen through parent, student and staff nominations at each school site, and the recipients are recognized each fall. The Foundation provides a $3,000 cash award for each Fellow recipient and $1,000 award for each Star recipient.

With your help, we can do even more to support our community teachers and students. Consider becoming a Friends of Education member as a way to give back to the children and educators in the community.

To learn more about becoming an Excellence in Education Friends of Education member contact the Foundation at or visit

Aimee Schaller is the Excellence in Education membership chairperson.

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