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Glass Half Full: Community collaboration at its finest

Ruth Glass
Glass Half Full

The Lake Tahoe School and Incline Middle School girls basketball teams played each other last week.

I've written before about the many ways the members of this community support each other. It's time to do it again. I expect to do so many times in the future.

Last week, Lake Tahoe School's middle school girls' basketball teams were scheduled to play Sage Ridge at the Rec Center. We greatly appreciate IVGID's support for our little school and understand that IVGID works hard to keep that wonderful resource functioning for the good of all.

Last Thursday, we discovered that the gym floor at the Center was being refinished and would not be ready for play that afternoon. What to do? The most natural thing in the world in Incline Village: We called Sharon Kennedy at Incline Middle School to ask if we might possibly use her facility.

Those of you who know Sharon Kennedy — and if you don't, you should make a point of meeting her — will not be surprised to hear that her immediate response was to say, "Of course! We're not going to be using it. You are welcome to."

What Mrs. Kennedy knows; what I know; what the true educators in our Village know and truly love is that Incline Village children belong to us all.

Parents have the right, in fact the responsibility, to choose what they consider the best educational environment for their children. Some elect to homeschool. Those of us with children ourselves recognize that every child has different strengths and needs.

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In my five years at Lake Tahoe School, I have occasionally run into folks who want to promote a false competition between our schools. Our kids know better. Mrs. Kennedy and I know better. Coach TK knows better. A true competition exists between our schools, contained exactly where it belongs: on the courts and playing fields.

Our Incline Village girls, in their latest basketball rivalry, faced each other with fierce determination. The tension in the gym was very real. Is there anything more exciting than a tight basketball game in a hometown gym?

When the final buzzer sounded, anyone truly familiar with our girls — and they are all our girls — were not surprised when all of them lined up, shoulder to shoulder and draped over each other, alternating IMS and LTS intentionally, for a giant group photo.

Looking at the picture, it's difficult to tell who won. The smiles and appreciation for each other are genuine. For the record, that day, IMS scored the win. We'll be back…

Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at http://www.laketahoeschool.org.