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Truckee High Forensic Science funded by Excellence in Education

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunForensic science teacher Kathy Tallant uses an ultraviolet light to find a fingerprint.

The crime scene has been carefully cordoned off and the crackerjack Truckee High School forensic science team is hard at work dusting for fingerprints and analyzing the blood-splattered trajectory. True, the crime scene was created by Truckee High School teacher Kathy Tallant, but the young experts are no less diligent in their detective work. Truthfully many students are excited about the gorier parts of forensic science, Tallant admits. They are required to take biology and chemistry first, but the class also draws on aspects of physics and math. Kids take all these classes and sometimes ask why do I need to know this? This course makes learning more realwith real life applications.The forensic science course materials, including high-level investigative tools, were purchased through grants from the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. Tallants program was launched last year with a $5,000 grant from the foundation and this year it got another cash infusion with a $3,723 grant.Although the forensic science program is still in its infancy, Tallant says the response from last years students was overwhelmingly positive. This year, Tallant plans to present an even more diversified course format, one that draws a little less from textbooks and more from hands-on activities.Steve Jennings, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District superintendent applauds the foundations contribution.It provides an opportunity for students to draw from their studies and apply it to real life scenarios, Jennings notes.The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation was founded in 1986 as a business/education partnership dedicated to supporting quality public education within the district. Importantly, the foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the kindergarten through 12th grade educational community as a whole.Excellence in Education was excited to further support the Forensic Science course at Truckee High, says Laura Brown, the foundations executive director. The class not only engages students in science but also exposes them to a unique career field.

In coming weeks, the Sierra Sun will explore other Excellence in Education grants and how they serve to enhance Tahoe Truckee Unified School District students academic experience.