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
BY THE NUMBERS
A quick look at some of the Foundation’s most significant contributions through June 2018:
- $240,000 for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District 1:1 Chromebook program over a 5 year period
- $50,000 for a pilot project for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District to research and develop the “Classroom of the Future”
- $32,000 for Virtual Reality goggles for TTUSD
- Multi-year $10,000 - $20,000 annual contribution to Aim High, an academic middle school summer program
- Multi-year $10,000 annual contribution to fund the Boys & Girls Club for expansion of on-campus after school programs
- $17,800 for Link Crew and Breaking Down the Walls 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?