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Challenge Day receives funds from foundations

Christine Stanley
Sierra Sun

Challenge Day might not have been in the budget this year for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, but the Lahontan Community Foundation and the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation have found a way to make it happen.

Two $6,000 grants have been awarded, one from each foundation, to support three Challenge Days ” events geared toward connecting students with their community ” in the next school year.

“The ultimate goal is to have every student participate in at least one Challenge Day during their [time in] high school,” said Lisa Dobey, CEO of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, which works in conjunction with the Lahontan Community Foundation.

Graduates of the Challenge Day program will also be able to participate in an ongoing mentor program with in their respective high schools.

Challenge Day is a nonprofit organization that helps people connect through community and school programs that work to breakdown stereotypes and foster new relationships.

It has been available to high school students in the district once a year since 2002. A group of students approached the school board in November to ask for increased funding.