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Tahoe-Truckee earns ‘Pacesetter’ award for early age literacy work

Students participate in the 2015 Summer Scholars program at Truckee Elementary School. Summer Scholars is offered for first- through fourth-grade students needing additional academic support.
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The Tahoe Truckee Reads literacy campaign was established in 2011 as a partnership among the Excellence in Education Foundation, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, Placer and Nevada County First 5, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services, and other nonprofits.

The goal of Tahoe Truckee Reads is to ensure that all children are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. For more information, visit http://www.TahoeTruckeeReads.org.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Truckee has been honored as a Pacesetter by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its work to eliminate barriers faced by children from low-income families on the path to becoming proficient readers.

Tahoe-Truckee was cited for making “measurable progress” in summer learning — one of the three Campaign strategies.

“Pacesetter Honors are among the highest awards presented by the Campaign,” said Ralph Smith, the managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. “We are very proud of Tahoe Truckee and the numerous organizations and individuals behind them for joining forces and working tirelessly to uplift children and families.”

Tahoe-Truckee previously received the 2012 “All America City” award and 2013 and 2014 “Pacesetter” awards. Tahoe-Truckee is the only community in the Campaign network to be honored four years in a row.

TTUSD Superintendent Rob Leri shared, “I attribute our success to the strong community partnerships we have and our dedicated teaching staff. We are all committed to providing challenging learning opportunities for all students and closing our achievement gap. I am proud of the continuous growth that TTUSD has made in our summer programs.

“We are now able to reach over 365 students in need through the Summer Scholars and K Camp programs to continue their learning during the summer,” he continued.

Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical milestone toward high school graduation and success later in life because it marks the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.”

National tests show that two-thirds of U.S. fourth graders (four-fifths of whom are from low-income families) are not reading proficiently. Students who have not mastered reading by that time are more likely to drop out of high school and struggle throughout their lives.

“Through many collaborative efforts tied to Tahoe Truckee Reads, our community is working to provide its children with the tools needed to be successful readers,” said Laura Brown, executive director of Excellence in Education Foundation and lead for Tahoe Truckee Reads.

This year, Tahoe Truckee is one of 38 Pacesetter communities across the nation that will be honored at an annual awards luncheon during the Campaign’s 2016 Funder-to-Funder Huddle in Washington, D.C., on April 7.

Each Pacesetter will receive a certificate and special recognition banner to showcase their award throughout their communities.

This article was provided by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Visit gradelevelreading.net to learn more.

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