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Excellence in Education doles out funds to Tahoe-Truckee schools

The Excellence in Education Foundation handed over a check for nearly $86,000 to school district officials Wednesday night.

As part of its annual spring grant cycle, the local foundation awarded 30 grants to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District totaling more than $65,800 for programs directly tied to the classroom. Nearly $20,000 for teacher training programs was also awarded, according to Laura Abbey Brown, the organization’s executive director.

Brown was required to seek acceptance from the district’s board of trustees before handing over the money ” a formality, Brown said. Board members approved the funding unanimously.

“I am just really thrilled with the amount of support that Excellence in Education provides to TTUSD,” said Board President Kristy Olk by phone.

The grants will help fund diverse classroom programming including science, math, multi-media and gymnastics, according to foundation documents.

Since the 1991-92 school year the Tahoe-Truckee district has benefited from the foundation’s grant funding. The foundation has awarded a total of 805 grants for more than $1.7 million over the past 17 years, according to Brown.

The foundation seeks to fund all grade levels, fund all school sites and fund all academic disciplines, Brown said.

This spring the foundation will also award two grants to non-district entities that will benefit local students, Brown said. Nearly $25,000 will be awarded to the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships for a new Winter Discovery Program at the Nordic center in Tahoe City.

The foundation will also grant $25,000 to Arts for the Schools.