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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School thanks community

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Carolyn Gallagher/submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comSELS students, parents, and the community take part in an opening ceremony activity.

TRUCKEE andamp;#8212;Sierra Expeditionary Learning School is thrilled to have opened their doors to 64 K-fifth grade students. The grand opening ceremony was held at 9:30 a.m., Aug. 25 outside of our school. We would like to thank those who have helped our dream become a reality.Parent involvement has been a driving force from the beginning. We are grateful to those who participated in early meetings to help create the vision for our school, the parents and teachers who expressed support at our public hearing before the TTUSD school board, those who came to our information nights, and parents who have spent summer evenings scrubbing, painting, moving, and building our play area at the portables at Sierra Mountain Community Education Center.The collaboration of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has been invaluable. We appreciate the advice and help of the entire administrative team andamp;#8212; from the EL, special education, food service, and transportation experts to John Britto and the facilities team. We’d particularly like to thank Steve Jennings, Steve Dickinson, and all of the hardworking TTUSD Board of Trustees, who give countless hours of their time for the children in our community. Although we are in lean economic times, we heard repeatedly from local businesses and community members, andamp;#8220;If it’s for the children of our community, I’ll help.andamp;#8221; We’d like to thank those who have donated goods, services, time, and/or money to help us get started, find entire list online at sierrasun.com. Bob Belden and Nicholas Tennant/Truckee Fire Department; Donald Belden; Aimee Blas/Blas Designs; Father Matthew Blank and Assumption Catholic Church; Mike Blide/Cottonwood Restaurant; Brad and Tamara Chisholm; Scott Cross/Streamscape; Coyote Moon; Nichole Dorr/Town of Truckee Recycling Program; Dragonfly Restaurant; Sue Hyde and Jay Lambiotte, East West Partners; Excellence in Education; Family Resource Center of Truckee; First 5 Nevada County; Gallagher Construction; Jayna Gaskell; Rick and Michelle Gerbo; Ivanhoe Excavating; Mark Johnson/Martis Camp; Alissa Just/Mountain Home Center; Ryan Kautz/RK Contractors; KidZone Museum; Walter Lightner/Tahoe Yoga andamp; Wellness Center; Eric Luster; Kerstin Marthaler; Brian Martinez/Grass Valley Charter School; Rob Munger/Rob’s White Glove Delivery; New Moon Natural Foods; Caroline Penwarden; Daniel Rascon/Reno and Truckee Paint Mart; Rotary Club of Truckee; Kevin Salas/Truckee Copy Center; The Squeeze In; Sierra Sun; Susan Reynolds/Sierra Pacific Coffee Co; Amanda and Gary Spitsen/Spitsen Lumber Company; Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal; Lorraine Tarantino/Alpine Shipping and Packaging; TIP Printing; Sarah Treblicock/Villager Nursery; Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation; Waltman Construction; Rose Weskamp/Sign Source; Bob and Denise Stein; and Bill and Darla Whitehead.Sierra Expeditionary Learning School is excited to be a part of the TTUSD school district and the Tahoe-Truckee community. Using active pedagogies, character education, and service, we will strive to connect learning with the issues relevant to the natural world and our community. We appreciate the community’s partnership in meeting our goals.andamp;#8212; David Manahan, Director, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, http://www.truckeecharterschool.org