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Event a celebration of educational excellence

Ryan Salm/Sierra Sun2007 Excellence in Education Fellows recipients Mike Franey, Lindee Eckert, Julie Miescke, Maggie Barkius and Dave Green pause for a photo Friday at a dinner party held in their honor.
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Two hundred people crowded an outdoor riverside patio Friday as the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation honored educators who have won awards and grants in the past two years.

The 11 recipients of the Linda Brown Fellows Awards were treated to a fiesta-style party with Latin food, decorations and a mariachi band. The foundation hosted the event on the deck of the River Ranch restaurant.

Educators and their guests mingled with representatives from local business including Northstar at Tahoe, East West Partners and the Resort at Squaw Creek.



“Without the support of business, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are,” said foundation Executive Director Laura Abbey Brown. “The idea is to bring together the business and education communities.”

Several educators were invited to the fiesta-style event, along with the award winners.



According to Brown, the foundation has awarded grants to school programs that have included a Lego robotics program, a Renaissance Fair curriculum, and new microscopes for North Tahoe Middle School. Many of the programs that won grants were featured at the party.

“We gave over $200,000 in grants to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District last year,” Brown said.

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation supporting the local school district by creating a partnership between the business community and educators.

The foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students and teachers from kindergarten through 12th grade. The fundraising programs ” Skiing for Schools, Dining for Schools and Golfing for Schools ” are completely underwritten by local business partners.

Plumas Bank covered the cost of Friday’s celebration.


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