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Tahoe-Truckee foundation awards $110K in grants to local teachers

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There is nothing more rewarding during the holiday season than giving a gift that is meaningful and impactful to the lives of children.

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education is thrilled to be doing just that. The foundation just finalized its fall 2014 grant cycle, awarding over $110,000 in grant funds to local teachers throughout the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

The Excellence in Education Foundation has been awarding grant funding to local teachers for over 20 years.

The amount available for grants each year is raised through a variety of fundraising initiatives such as Dining for Schools, Golfing for Schools, Skiing for Schools, Martis Camp Home Tour and “Friends of Education.”

This year, the grant allocation committee had a variety of proposals to review. Of the 80 proposals submitted, 64 were either fully or partially funded.

With the nationwide switch to the new Common Core learning method, many of the proposals this year focused on materials, books and other supplies teachers need to implement this new style of teaching and learning.

Grants were awarded for everything from Common Core poetry lessons for sixth-graders at Alder Creek Middle School to a Newberry Book Challenge program at Glenshire Elementary to Common Core math manipulatives at Tahoe Lake Elementary.

But not all the requests were for Common Core. Some were fun, unique and out-of-the box ideas that teachers have come up with to engage and energize their students.

The foundation funded a program at ACMS and Sierra Expeditionary Learning School that uses skateboard decks as an interactive character development program for middle school boys.

A grant for programmable robots for Kindergarten to fifth-graders at Glenshire Elementary was also funded, as well as a 3D printer that kids will use at North Tahoe School.

Funds were also awarded to three different school sites to help teachers fill their “costume closets” for living history lessons and other hands-on learning opportunities.

“This is the best part of what we do,” notes Excellence in Education Foundation executive director Laura Abbey Brown. “This year our grant allocations committee spent countless hours helping teachers at their individual school sites prepare and submit grants. The committee then met and reviewed each application.

“To award grants for more than $110,000 really is a gift that we are thrilled to be able to give.”

The mission of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is to enhance public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to strengthen the learning experience for students.

Over the past 25 years, the foundation has provided more than $2.5 million in grants to teachers and programs within TTUSD that directly impact students and their learning experience.

This article was submitted to the Sun by Excellence in Education. For information, to join “Friends of Education” or to make a donation, visit http://www.exined.org.