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Taking care of Tahoe: Students participate in stewardship campaign

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Environmental stewardship is a priority throughout the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and community partnerships are a key component to the success of the district's programs.

The latest efforts, implemented by the district's sustainability clubs, have students leading the charge in incorporating the regional stewardship messaging campaign called Take Care in the schools.

Thanks to an Epic Promise grant from Northstar California Resort, new signs were printed for posting in school facilities as reminders to students to help take care of the local environment.

Through the use of funny headlines and illustrated characters, the Take Care campaign tackles litter, dog waste, a proper dousing of campfires, bear awareness, and aquatic invasive species prevention.

Headlines include, "If it's your dog then it's your doody" and "Trash day is a bear's buffet." Students are posting signs that read, "Hide trash here, please" and "There's a better spot for your garbage. The trash can." around the campuses to help with litter.

Superintendent Rob Leri shared, "Valuing our environment and integrating this element in to our educational goals is one of our District's beliefs that guides all of our work. TTUSD educates our scholars on the importance of sustainability and empower them to be environmentally responsible citizens. Northstar's support of this effort is greatly appreciated."

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Students and adults are invited to visit takecaretahoe.org where they can pledge to Take Care, watch a short video that brings the characters to life, learn more about how they can help, and download digital goodies.

Take Care was created by the Lake Tahoe Outreach Committee, made up of the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Fund, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

This article was provided by the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org to learn more.