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.
“I feel like my big educational purpose is to make connections and help kids make connections. And, all of the grant materials - whether it’s science or math or art – enable the students to go deeper in their thinking and make connections. I don’t think I could do what I do without having the support of Excellence in Education, I really couldn’t.” — Molly Holiday, teacher at Kings Beach Elementary
“When I came to Truckee High School in 1985, I think we had five graduated cylinders in the department for 450 students. Since then, Excellence in Education has been able to provide the funds for excellent equipment so we can illustrate the lessons. All of the students get to touch the equipment. It’s not just a demonstration in front of the class. They get to really understand concepts deeply.” — Sue Lowder, teacher at Truckee High School
"I have been teaching for 12 years now and in that time, I've never seen a foundation support teachers as much as I have with Excellence in Education. It really is remarkable to have a partner in education like that." -- Jason Flesock, teacher at North Tahoe High School