Excellence in Education funds over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers annually within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. The Grant Giving program is supported by the Foundation’s annual fundraising efforts that include Dining for Schools, Golfing for Schools, Skiing for Schools, Shopping for Schools, Endowment Fund interest, as well as by corporate and individual donations.
Grant monies support programs that are specifically designed to promote student interest in learning, to give students hands-on learning experiences, and to encourage quality academic performance.
BY THE NUMBERS
A quick look at some of the Foundation’s most significant contributions through January 2016:
- $50,000 for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District 1:1 Chromebook program each year for the past 4 years
- $50,000 for a pilot project for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to research and develop the “Classroom of the Future”
- A multi-year $15,000 annual contribution to Aim High, an academic middle school summer program
- A multi-year $10,000 annual contribution to fund the Boys & Girls Club Truckee Elementary after school program
- $17,800 for Challenge Day programming at the high schools
Students in every school within the district have benefited from these grants, and the Foundation continually seeks to balance its grant giving in three ways:
- Funding at all grade levels
- Funding at all school sites
- Funding for all academic disciplines
A complete outline of selection criteria and guidelines are included on the grant application, however the basic selection criteria include:
- The degree of curriculum enhancement in an area of demonstrated need
- The degree of the project/program that directly engages students
- The longevity of the project/program without requiring additional funds
- The number of youth directly/indirectly involved, and,
- How can the project/program measure its success through objective or subjective means?