Queen of Hearts Fund seeks support for Aim High | SierraSun.com

Queen of Hearts Fund seeks support for Aim High

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; With the support of the Queen of Hearts Fund, a philanthropic organization that inspires women to engage in an improved quality of life, the Tahoe Truckee Aim High (TTAH) initiative seeks to raise $25,000 of the $120,000 needed to support summer enrichment program for under-resourced middle school students.TTAH, Aim High’s first rural campus, will mirror the successful Bay Area Aim High, a five-week academic and personal enrichment program with an added emphasis on outdoor and environmental education. Fundraising efforts ensure the program is tuition-free and provides free lunch for all participants. TTAH will reside at the Kings Beach Elementary School and work closely with the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.andamp;#8220;Over two years of conversations and planning have shaped the design of Tahoe Truckee Aim High program and have been the first steps in expanding the Aim High program beyond the Bay Area,andamp;#8221; Dr. Al Adams, retired 23-year headmaster of San Francisco’s Lick-Wilmerding High School said. andamp;#8220;Together with my wife Susan, we are delighted by the enthusiasm of the community to bring this life-shaping program here. This fundraising is essential to allowing TTAH to launch in the summer of 2013 serving sixth and seventh graders from Kings Beach, Truckee and Tahoe City. Based on continued support from the community, our goal is to add a grade level each summer ultimately supporting students from sixth to ninth grade. We’re very excited about our plans moving forward.andamp;#8221;TTAH received unanimous approval of its memorandum of understanding by the Truckee Tahoe Unified School Board Nov. 2, 1011. Aim High began in 1986 at San Francisco’s Lick-Wilmerding High School by two teachers with funding support from the San Francisco Foundation. In the summer of 2010, it served 1,200 students at 13 sites in the Bay Area. During its 25 years, 95 percent of Aim High students have graduated from high school and 90 percent have gone to college. In addition, many have become teachers.Executive Director Alec Lee said, andamp;#8220;Aim High’s andamp;#8216;magic’ derives from engaging middle school students in a vibrant academic and personal development experience for four consecutive summers. Aim High’s mission is to improve academic skills, to inspire a life-long love of learning and to instill a sense of community, opportunity and respect so that students are prepared for success in school and in life. The program’s 7,000 plus graduates speak passionately about the importance of Aim High in their lives andamp;#8212; enabling them, often for the first time, to envision themselves as college graduates, successful professionals and leaders in their communities.andamp;#8221;The TTAH initiative took shape through the encouragement of Rob Kautz, CEO of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and former chair of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation; Lisa Dobey, previous executive director of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation; Laura Brown, executive director of the Excellence in Education Fund; Steve Jennings, superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson, former executive director of the Kings Beach Boys andamp; Girls Club.andamp;#8220;The Aim High program is a terrific example of collaboration and partnership in the Tahoe region. The Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund is pleased to be one of the initial sponsors in this program that benefits our middle school students,andamp;#8221; said Lisa Krueger, co-chair for the Queen of Hearts Fund Aim High initiative.Aim High will work closely with the district, school principals, educators and the Boys andamp; Girls Club to recruit students, hire teachers and implement a high-quality summer enrichment program for the Tahoe Truckee region.To donate or for more information visit http://www.ttcf.net/give/queen-of-hearts-womens-fund/aim-high-program. For information on Aim High, visit http://www.aimhigh.org.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com