Truckee Boys & Girls Club hopes to expand programs
Truckee River Associates hosted an informal barbecue on Monday to raise awareness and money for Boys & Girls Club programs at Truckee Elementary.”We want to make the community aware that it’s here,” said Truckee River Associates owner Tom Watson. “Most people don’t know that it’s here.”The Boys & Girls Club program in Truckee started two years ago using grant money provided by the North Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club. The after-school education program at Truckee Elementary serves 38 students using five volunteer tutors that cover all aspects of learning.The Truckee program costs $25,000 a year to run for 38 students, but Watson hopes “awareness fundraisers” like the barbecue on Monday will “make sure the program can stay, prosper and grow.””We’ve got our toe in the water, as I like to say in Truckee,” said North Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club executive director Dana Fraticelli in a speech at the barbecue. “But the need is greater than what the program can do right now.”Fraticelli said that over 100 Truckee Elementary students were referred to the program by teachers, but funding only allowed for 38 to be taken in.In Kings Beach, the Boys & Girls Club offers programs in five core areas – educational/ career development, arts, sports, character/leadership development and health/life skills.Fraticelli credited “diverse funding” for the program’s success. Twenty percent of the funding for the club’s $575,000 per year operating budget comes from donations, most of which is a $107,000 per year donation from the North Tahoe Public Utility District. Other funding comes from grants, scholarships and fundraisers.Fraticelli added that the goal of the North Lake Tahoe Boys & Girls Club is to include all of Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline Village.To make a donation or learn more about the Boys and Girls Club, call 546-4324.