Lake Tahoe school students become pen pals with kids in Kenya |

Lake Tahoe school students become pen pals with kids in Kenya

Katie Belle Rau and Christian Busse show their recent pen pal letters.
Courtesy Lake Tahoe School |

Crystal Ball is Friday

Lake Tahoe School will host its Crystal Ball at 5 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Ballroom. The gala, themed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is the school’s largest annual fundraiser.

The event will feature silent and live auctions that will include a seven-night Gateway Escape vacation at a luxury Exclusive Resorts estate; a 55-inch 4G television and a fully catered Super Bowl party for 30 at the bidder’s home; and VIP tickets to the annual Oscar de la Renta fashion show benefiting the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a silent auction, dinner and live auction. After the ball, guests will be treated to a DJ dance party.

Individual tickets for the gala are $250, and sponsorships are also available. More information regarding tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and auction items can be found at

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Since early this fall, Lake Tahoe School fourth-grade students in Ms. Wendy Losee’s elementary science class have been corresponding with pen pals from St. Mary’s Girls Primary School in Kenya.

“The fourth-grade students explode with excitement every time their African pen pal letters arrive,” said Losee. “They can’t wait to read them! It gives me so much pleasure when they ask me if it is all real and to confirm that they really have a friend in Africa. This is a valuable effort to make for any teacher in any classroom to connect more to our global family worldwide.”

Below are a few comments from some students about the experience:

Hana Muller: “My African Pen Pal invited me to her birthday celebration. She sounds generous and kind in every letter.”

Kayla Green: “I like learning about their families and the animals where they live in Kenya.”

Sean Oliver: “I think it is cool to talk to someone on the other side of the world.”

Auri Fernandez: “My pen pal writes really well in English, sends drawings of local animals, and sounds nice.”

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