Sierra Sun, Sears store in Truckee partner for Teacher of the Year award |

Sierra Sun, Sears store in Truckee partner for Teacher of the Year award

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Sierra Sun and Truckee Hometown Sears Store have partnered to recognize community educators with a Teacher of the Year award to be presented this June.

and#8220;We have outstanding teachers in our community and we want them to know how much their work is valued,and#8221; said Charlie Riley, who co-owns the Truckee Sears store along with his wife, Nancy. and#8220;We hope to have worthy nominations from each of the schools in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area so all school sites are represented.and#8221;

As nominations are reviewed by committee, one finalist for each school within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will be highlighted in the Sierra Sunand#8217;s Wednesday edition, beginning in March.

The Sierra Sunand#8217;s Notes About Literacy pages have become a familiar part of each Wednesday paper, promoting literacy and education by highlighting art programs, featuring student work and hosting literacy-based contests.

Over the next four months, the Literacy pages will be expanded to include nominated teachers from each school site as finalists are selected. Nominations will close for a given school when that school has an identified finalist.

and#8220;Our objective is to give community members the opportunity to publicly recognize teachers who positively impacted their lives,and#8221; said Riley. and#8220;We are excited to have already received a number of nominations. It is important if residents have a teacher they feel merits recognition, that they submit a nomination as soon as possible so their nomination is included.and#8221;

In addition to being highlighted in the Sierra Sun, each schooland#8217;s finalist will also receive an award along with a gift card for use at Truckee Hometown Sears.

The Rileys have striven to be positive community contributors since opening their store four years ago. In the past, they have organized annual food drives for Project MANA and supported Donner Trail Elementary School PTO, Truckee High School Grad night, Truckee High School Boosters, Yearbook, Band, athletic teams, Alder Creek Middle School Special Education, Truckee Pink Party Fundraisers, Truckee Relay for Life, Kiwanis, Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, KidZone Museum, The Family Resource Center, Rotary Club of Truckee and numerous other community programs and events.

and#8220;We at the Sierra Sun appreciate the hard work and dedication our public school teachers put into their jobs each week in an effort to educate the children in our community and prepare them to be the future leaders both of our diverse communities and our country,and#8221; said Sierra Sun Publisher Michael Gelbman. and#8220;By honoring our teachers of the year, we can do our part as the community newspaper for North Tahoe and Truckee to continue to promote the value of a public education and the people we trust to teach it.and#8221;

Teacher nominations should be submitted to the Truckee Sears Hometown Store on 12047 Donner Pass Road, or emailed to

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