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The season of giving for Tahoe-Truckee youth is here

Laura Brown
Special to the Sun

Currently, all TTUSD eighth- through 12th-grade students have a district issued Chromebook.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE — As we enter this season of thanks and reflect on what's most important, the Excellence in Education Foundation would like to thank the Tahoe Truckee community for their generous, ongoing support.

As a result, the organization has been able to continuously make a positive impact in our local schools year-over-year.

The giving season also kicks off a new opportunity to give back and support local organizations with the Give Back Tahoe Giving Guide.

The Giving Guide is a joint venture between the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Sierra Sun that strives to highlight the nonprofits working in our community.

The Guide features the mission and end-of-year goals of 60 local nonprofits, while also offering an easy, safe platform for charitable giving in support of these organizations through the end of the year.

For six weeks through Dec. 31, 2014, residents, second home-owners and visitors are encouraged to participate in this collective giving opportunity to raise funds in support of these charitable organizations.

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Excellence in Education is honored to be one of those featured.

Through our participation in the Giving Guide, funds raised in support of Excellence in Education will further our partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and its 21st Century Technology Plan.

The plan strives to provide each student in grades four through 12 with a Chromebook computer. Currently, all TTUSD eighth- through 12th-grade students have a district issued Chromebook.

The goal is for all students from fourth grade through 12th to have their own Chromebook within the next few years.

Over the next few months, many will make end of year donations. Studies show that as much as one third of all charitable giving is done within the final three months of the year.

As you consider your giving plans this holiday season, please visit the online Give Back Tahoe Giving Guide at GiveBackTahoe.org and consider a gift to the Excellence in Education Foundation.

With your help, we can do even more to support the students in our community and their teachers.

Over the past 27 years, the Excellence in Education has awarded over $2.8 million in grants that have gone directly to classrooms and programs at every school within the TTUSD.

Foundation grants have funded everything from musical instruments to state of the art science equipment to supplemental math and reading materials to Chromebook computers in the classroom.

Our funding has also supported advanced teacher training and special initiatives like Tahoe Truckee Reads, a community-wide effort to improve grade level literacy for all of our local students.

Annually, the Excellence in Education Foundation funds approximately $250,000 in grants that include classroom enhancements and materials that would not otherwise fit into the current school district budget.

In addition, the Foundation provides awards for outstanding educators, and supports pilot programs that allow the school district to test certain initiatives and techniques before introducing them to all of our students.

Laura Brown is Excellence in Education's executive director. For more information visit ExinEd.org.