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New programs to enrich Truckee youth

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

This spring, local youth will travel to the moon, create their own Monet and strum like rock stars through the variety of new enrichment programs aimed at preparing children for a lifetime of confidence.

The Parent Teacher Organization at Truckee Elementary School has been developing the program for the past two years, and this spring, the curriculum will boast 17 classes, such as Space and Rocketry, Botany, Creative Writing and Girls on the Run ” a nationally recognized exercise program that utilizes the power of running to improve emotional and physical health.

“It’s a whole plethora of classes that really compliment the school’s curriculum,” said Enrichment Coordinator Alison Elder for the Parent Teacher Organization. “The variety of education being offered is so valuable and is such a wonderful experience for the kids.”

The classes take place at Truckee Elementary, so it provides an easily accessible learning opportunity for the students. The price to enroll in a six-week course ranges from $45 to $115, and scholarships are available through the Parent Teacher Organization to broaden participation.

“You’re really getting the best of both worlds in a public school system because it adds so much to what the school is already offering,” said Alaina Reichwald, a parent with two children already enrolled.

Reichwald also taught yoga through the enrichment program last year, and said the confidence and education gained through this type of after school activity is priceless.

She said the techniques taught in yoga can be applied to the classroom because the exercise teaches children how to breathe properly when stressed, how to feel comfortable in their skin and methods for relaxation.

“Groups are smaller than normal classroom sizes, and kid are doing something they enjoy ” it’s all about raising your child’s self esteem,” Reichwald said.