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Washoe Tribe, Tahoe youth to perform benefit concert

The Washoe heritage and culture will be honored on Sunday at Meeks Bay.

MEEKS BAY, Calif. — Tahoe Expedition Academy students (kindergarten through high school) will perform in a musical and theatrical benefit concert, in collaboration with the children of the Washoe Tribe this weekend.

The event will be held on the grounds at Meeks Bay Resort on Sunday, June 7, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 per adult; children are free.

All proceeds will support the Washoe Cultural Fund, a charitable nonprofit program of the Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada. The Washoe Cultural Fund's goal is to provide financial assistance and support for Washoe cultural activities and to preserve Washoe heritage.

"We are excited for TEA's first musical grand finale which will feature vocals from the entire school and the high school band," Tessmer said. "Our students are so excited to be performing in collaboration with the children of the Washoe Tribe."

TEA students will perform contemporary music selections and play a variety of instruments, including guitar, mandolin, drums, xylophones and ukuleles under the direction of Emily Tessmer, TEA's Director of Music.

Tessmer is certified in Orff Schulwerk and Responsive Classroom Instruction and is always exploring new avenues of music education, as well as strategies to deepen each student's personal connection with music.

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Drawings, paintings and ceramic work created by TEA students will be on display, and children of the Washoe Tribe will perform a play about the Washoe heritage and culture.

"Stewardship and advocacy are integral to the character development of our students," said Courtenay Wallpe, Director of Development at TEA. "This type of collaborative event is perfectly aligned with the mission of our school."

Meeks Bay is located on ancestral Washoe Land. Picnicking there is strongly encouraged.

TEA, founded in 2011, is a Pre-Kindergarten through 10th-grade expeditionary learning school with campus locations in Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista.

Visit tahoeexpeditionacademy.org to learn more.

— Staff report