Glass Half Full: Raising funds for Incline Elementary |

Glass Half Full: Raising funds for Incline Elementary

There are those who like to make competitions out of everything, like to see strife where there is none. I am not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong: I love good competition and have spent my life on various teams, where I always want to win.

Off the court or field, however, I believe there is plenty of room to share success. Win a championship? Bring it on! Be Number One in the class? Not important to me as long as I do my best. I’m not entirely sure what the difference is in my mind, but I’ve always felt that way.

The same is true as far as schools are concerned. I work hard to make Lake Tahoe School the best it can possibly be and am proud of all that we accomplish. I am proud of “our” kids and the many ways they work to be their best selves.

At the same time, I recognize and appreciate that LTS students are also Incline Village kids, and that, as a community, we share each other’s children. Whether girls and boys attend Incline public schools or Lake Tahoe School, what benefits any aspect of the community, benefits all.

These children play with each other on a regular basis. They compete against each other quite fiercely – at the middle school level – then change their uniforms and join forces on community-sponsored teams. Most kids have a way of navigating differences much more smoothly than some adults

Hence, it has been with special gratitude that I acknowledge a recent fundraiser spearheaded by the Lake Tahoe School Student Council to benefit the PE program at Incline Elementary School.

Public and private schools each carry distinct privileges. One for us is the fact that every annual budget is determined by our administration in conjunction with our board of trustees.

Curriculum and personnel are my responsibility. We have the privilege and responsibility of determining what we teach and how we teach it. Art, music, science, and PE continue to be key components of a Lake Tahoe School education.

Our students are keenly aware that their friends at IES are not always so fortunate. They have seen ongoing fundraising efforts this year to support the PE teacher who has taught at IES for over a decade.

They know how much they appreciate their own PE program and their own teacher. So, they came up with their own fundraiser.

Last Friday evening, the Lake Tahoe School Student Council raised close to $500 to contribute to the IES drive to help support their own PE teacher. Two of our own faculty – one of whom teaches PE at LTS – chaperoned a “Movie and Movement” evening, to which parents could bring their children for a three hour “date night.”

Middle school students coordinated the activities and selected the movies to be shown. There was no question as to where the proceeds should go: IES PE program. I am grateful for our children and their generosity.

Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at

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