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

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

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.

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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;