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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Tahoe Truckee Reads would like to thank our entire community for their support of our Holiday Book Drive for preschool children. We were able to deliver nearly 1,000 books to 175 students in the State preschools, Head Start, Early Head Start, and STEPP programs, and the Family Resource Rooms at Truckee and Kings Beach Elementary Schools. Each child received a bag with two wrapped new books plus a selection of board and picture books from the book drive. The preschool teachers were also given a box of books for their classroom. There was a lot of excitement from teachers and students when the Tahoe Truckee Reads team delivered the books to the schools on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Teacher Gina Marquez at Kings Beach Head Start exclaimed, “Look at me, I’ve got goosebumps! This is so amazing. Thank you!”Tahoe Truckee Reads also thanks the TTUSD Elementary school PTOs, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, and A Child’s Place preschool for organizing their sites as donation collection centers; The Bookshelf for being a donation site and offering a discount on donated books; Mountain Hardware & Sports for donating 180 bags for the book delivery; SELS students for gift wrapping the new books; Tahoe City Rotary for a monetary donation that, along with funds from Excellence in Education Foundation, enabled the campaign to purchase a new bilingual book for each child; our local service clubs: Noon Rotary, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis, Breakfast Club, Optimist Club, Soroptimist, the American Association of University Women, and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. We appreciate our community’s support of the book drive and embracing the holiday season. – Kerry Stendell, Tahoe Truckee Reads coordinator Project Grad says thanksThe Project Graduation Committee would like to thank the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Dr. Leri, and Mr. Dettinger for their participation in the very successful raffle held at the Truckee Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 7. Congratulations to the winner of the 51-inch Samsung TV, Dr. Barry Triestman.The raffle raised more than $5,000 for the upcoming Safe and Sober 2013 Grad Night event.Special thanks goes to Charlie and Nancy Riley of the Truckee Hometown Sears store who graciously donated the grand prize.Last, we would like to thank the community members of Truckee who purchased the raffle tickets and made this fundraising effort a success.- Project Graduation CommitteeTrails and Vistas sold-out successThe Trails and Vistas 2012 Art Hikes, featuring dance, poetry, music and visual art, were extremely successful. We would like to thank the following for their generous grants, donations and support, without which we could not have delighted our sold-out crowds: Sunshine Tahoe, Richardson House, Donner Ski Ranch, Martis Camp, Cedar House Sport Hotel, Truckee Hotel, Truckee Donner Lodge, Hampton Inn, Larkspur Inn, Plumas Bank, Kelly Brothers, The Jones Family, Barbara Tieken, Truckee Bagel, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, Christine Marsh, Wild Cherries, Cesar Lopez of Atypical Design, Scott Thompson of Scott Shots, Nicole Cheslock, John Staab, Suzie Zweigle of Zweigle-Ratiner Studios, all of our hard-working volunteers, our wonderful artists, as well as our collaborating partners, KidZone Museum, InnerRhythms Dance Studio, and Truckee Donner Land Trust. We appreciate all you do for our community.Thank you, Board of Directors of Trails and VistasThanks for football season supportTruckee High School Varsity Football and Boosters Parent Committee thank all of the following for their support during the football season:Andrew Cross, CEO Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company; Announcing Booth Team; Chain Gang; Dorinda’s Chocolate; Rob Entyre, Tahoe Donner General Manager; David Griffin/Griffin Family, Missionero Corporation; Guzman Enterprises, Jack and Lynn Guzman; Mountain Hardware, Greg Hovorka; Optimist; Football Parents; Sierra Sun; Pete Bosco; Stones Tire, Bob Stone; Treat Box Bakery; Tahoe Center for Health & Sports Performance, Larry Larson; Tahoe Forest Hospital; Tahoe Donner Association; Tom and Pam Hobday; Travis Pribble; Waltman Construction; and Wild Cherries, Kristin Krone.- Truckee High School Varsity Football and Boosters Parent Committee A thank you to the communityTo all of “Clarences-AS2” elves in Truckee -Tahoe area, the word “thank you” just doesn’t seem enough!Your generosity was overwhelming, and your gifts so appreciated. But that is not all you gave…For one day you helped awaken the child in all of us! There was laughter and smiles and Merry Christmas could be heard from everyone.To so many, with so little, the spirit you woke within each of us will forever be in our hearts.Please know, we all send our deepest gratitude to you all. But most of all may you too feel the wonder of the season. The joy of friendship and family, and the importance of opening our hearts to those who we do not know, and accepting those less fortunate … even if it is giving them a smile.We all wish the best of the Holiday Season, warm and loving and that it stays within us all forever.Most Sincerely, Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, Clarence-AS2 lives there too

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