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Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation turns 30 this year

Katja Dahl
Special to the Sun

Laura Brown, longtime executive director of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation (right), joined Jill Riemer, with the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (middle), and Rob Leri, TTUSD Superintendent, in 2015 for the awarding the community's “Pacesetter” award.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The 2016-17 school year marks the 30th Anniversary for the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation.

To celebrate this impressive milestone the Foundation is looking back at its remarkable past and the many community members and businesses that helped the organization evolve, while also looking to the future and ways they can continue raising money to further enhance public education and strengthen learning for our students.

Over the next several months, the Foundation plans to share their dynamic history with stories about how the organization was formed and some of the extraordinary people and businesses who have made and continue to make the Foundation what it is today.

What started with a small group of parents, teachers, and supportive businesses has blossomed into a successful and powerful partnership between community leaders and organizations that contributes over $250,000 annually into the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Since is inception, the Foundation has granted over $3.1 million to the district in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit our students and teachers.

"Many people are familiar with our fundraising programs and the amazing benefits our grant giving program offers local students," explains Laura Brown, Executive Director of the Excellence in Education Foundation. "However, many people may not know the story of how the Foundation was formed. Therefore we are taking time during this anniversary year to celebrate where we are today by sharing the memories of yesterday and our goals for tomorrow.

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"The more I learn about our unique past, the more impressed and inspired I am by our community and I believe you will be too."

The Foundation raises money via four primary fundraising programs; Dining for Schools, Skiing for Schools, Golfing for Schools and Friends of Education donations, and channels the funds back into the schools via their grant-giving program.

This format allows teachers the creativity and flexibility to request funds for programs and teaching tools that are meaningful and beneficial to their specific grade level and unique classroom and school needs.

There are currently two ways people can support Excellence in Education and help celebrate the 30th Anniversary. Dining for Schools Cards are on sale now.

The cards cost $50 and are valid for 50% off any individual dinner entrée at over 40 participating restaurants in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe area. Cards may be purchased at Mountain Hardware & Sports in Truckee, Save Mart in Truckee and Tahoe City, Safeway in Kings Beach and Truckee, The Store in Tahoe City, or online at ExinEd.org.

Those interested in supporting the work of the Foundation might also consider becoming a Friend of Education with a $30 financial contribution in honor of the 30th Anniversary.

Katja Dahl is an Excellence in Education Board member. For more information about the Excellence in Education Foundation and its fundraising and grant-giving programs visit ExinEd.org.