Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education raises $150K in grants for 2008-09 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education raises $150K in grants for 2008-09

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Itand#8217;s been another good year in the way of school district grants.

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education, a grant-generating foundation for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, reported a total of $150,731 in grants awarded to schools for the 2008-09 fiscal year, just above the 2007-08 total of $149,000.

and#8220;In the time Iand#8217;ve been here the foundation has definitely grown, not only in adding new programs, but the board continues to grow and strengthen through time,and#8221; said Laura Brown, TTEE executive director.

In addition to school grants, last year TTEE also awarded $19,000 to teachers through its Linda Brown Fellows and Star awards; the individual grants dedicate funding to high-achieving teachers to use in their classrooms and for personal use.

Considering TTEEand#8217;s school donations, Brown listed a couple of notable examples such as the Kings Beach Elementary Math Festival, which helped students develop math skills by participating in hands-on activities; and Truckee Elementaryand#8217;s vermicompost, a project grant to enlarge the schooland#8217;s worm-based compost site that turns organic waste into usable fertilizer.

The two projects are only a few of the foundationand#8217;s many grants used to provide things like books, computer programs and other school supplies directly to teachers and students.

While she said school site donations vary from year to year and are judged on a case-by-case basis, this year Brown reported Truckee High School received the most grant money, at $31,793, followed by North Tahoe High School at $20,781 and Truckee Elementary at $15,291.

Going into the new year, Brown said the foundation is looking forward to working with the districtand#8217;s technology committee as it implements a plan to purchase $319,000 worth of computers and computer software for the district.

District trustees have approved $260,000 of Measure A funds and#8212; a parcel tax adopted in 2000 that supports arts, technology and other programs and#8212; to purchase the majority of the technology. However, the remaining $59,000 is still needed.

Without committing the foundation to any dollar amount, Brown said, and#8220;At this point, were working with the technology committee with some plans that are in the works.and#8221;

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