Great Skate event at Northstar raises more than $13K for SELS |

Great Skate event at Northstar raises more than $13K for SELS

SELS students enjoy The Great Skate at Northstar Resort. This annual event invites TTUSD families to kick off summer and celebrate the end of a school year with roller-skating, DJ music and raffle prizes.
Courtesy Sierra Expeditionary Learning School |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — After a busy school year planning events and identifying fundraising opportunities, efforts of the Parent-Teacher Crew at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School paid off.

The school organization recently granted over $5,000 toward student scholarships for summer programs, tools to support STEM curriculum in the classroom, and travel expenses for a middle school teacher to attend an esteemed Creativity Workshop this July.

The grant policy was formed and implemented during the 2015-16 school year and provides access to funds that directly support the enhancement of student learning and teacher enrichment.

Dollars are distributed three times per year and generally cover expenses outside the parameter of the school budget and alternative funding sources.

Concurrently, SELS recently held The Great Skate at Northstar California Resort, raising over $13,000 for the school — up 30 percent from last year.

Northstar has graciously hosted SELS’ signature event for the past three years, where TTUSD families are invited to kick off summer and celebrate the end of a school year.

“Contributions from local businesses and volunteer efforts from our school community have been astounding,“ said Sara Spurlock, PTC co-chair. “I continue to be impressed and humbled by the outpouring of support, which comes in many forms. Our children are lucky to grow up in an environment where education is prioritized.”

Evoking a “Dream Big” theme among students and staff, the SELS Parent-Teacher Crew funds opportunities that may feel far fetched and out of reach to the receiver.

Its mission is to sustain a love of adventure in each child while helping develop a strong sense of character and community.

This article was provided on behalf of Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Visit, or contact the Parent-Teacher Crew at, to learn more.

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