Students raise $24K for North Tahoe schools |

Students raise $24K for North Tahoe schools

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun

North Tahoe Middle and High School students raised more than $24,000 from November’s ski swap and raffle, and four teens were awarded with lunch and a limo ride for individually raising more than $500 in raffle ticket sales. Proceeds will be used for class trips, supplementary supplies or other school events.

“I sold raffle tickets because I want to help the school with whatever the school needs,” said seventh-grader Ryan Collins.

The $24,000 will be split between classes at both schools to be used for student-selected activities. Eighth-graders said they will likely use their portion to finance a graduation trip to somewhere like Disneyland, and the seventh-grade class might take its first-ever science field trip, said middle-school mother Julie Pieper.

“Because we’re losing a lot of funding from the state and from declining enrollment … we’re hoping to supplement some programs,” said Deedee Driller, president of Very Interested Parents.

Jackson Wood, a sixth-grader, sold more than $500 in ski swap raffle tickets at the recommendation of his mom.

“Because it would help the school and we’d get to buy new stuff,” he said.

Woods said he wants the fundraised money to go toward school supplies and “somewhere to sit at lunch.”

Alicia Pieper, a seventh-grader, hopes to spend her class’s portion of the money on a science field trip to Catalina Island. Tenaya Driller also raised over $500 from raffle sales.

The high-school students have not yet finalized the use of their $10,000, but will form a student leadership group to make the decision, said Bill Frey, North Tahoe High School principal. The students are planning to meet within the month.

“We’ve never had the money, so this year it’s a big decision in how to spend it,” Driller said.

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