Kudos & Kindness
April 29, 2014
CASA fundraiser at Chevy's a success
Child Advocates of El Dorado in South Lake Tahoe, sends out a huge thank you to the Tahoe community for coming out to our seasonal spring Chevy's fundraiser on April 17. We sold out the house and the event was a huge success! Special thanks to Chevy's staff: George, Edeena, Jordan, Jose and Chris for facilitating the event and for your continual support and great service. Special shout-out to CASAs: Elaine, Lynn and Barb for working the event, and many thanks to volunteers Moe, Tom and Wendy for helping with pre-sale tickets. Much kudos and kindness to all volunteers and community members who came out for an amazing taco bar, spring festivities and face painting. I look forward to our next Chevy's event, which will take place in October.
For more information on how to get involved with Child Advocates, visit http://www.casaeldorado.org or call the Tahoe Office at 530-573-3093.
Alexis Dascoulias Foley
Tahoe Office Program Coordinator
Child Advocates of El Dorado County
CfC's Child Care breakfast a success
Every year Choices for Children host a provider appreciation breakfast including a guest speaker and raffle prizes donated by the community which goal is to increase the quality of child care.
CfC's 23rd annual Child Care Appreciation Breakfast took place on April 19 at Lake Tahoe's Golf Course. Sixty-six providers enjoyed Sharron Krull presentation on integrating movement and physical activity across the curriculum while supporting literacy, math, science and children's social/emotional development.
A special thank you to Lake Tahoe's following business owners for their generous donations to Choices for Children Child Care Professional Appreciation Breakfast: MontBleu Casino, Harrah's & Harvey's, Ernie's Coffee Shop, Heidi's, Lake Tahoe Golf Course, Sierra at Tahoe, Sierra Athletic Club, Kahle Community Center, Freshies, Primo's Italian Bistro, Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza, Sorensen, The City of South Lake Tahoe, Sprouts, Passaretti's Italian Restaurant, Paradise Beauty Salon Beauty Supply, Element SPA, Tot Spot and Thran's Flower Shop.
Check out our new blog http://choices4children.blogspot.com/
Resource coordinator Choices for Children
SLTFRC thanks garden enthusiasts
Rows of daffodils already line a corner where the new Bijou Garden will be, as if the ground is inviting us to plant to our heart's content. Someone long ago had the same vision; to take advantage of a high water table, unlimited sun, and an ideal location to grow a patch of food for delicious consumption. Adjacent to the Family Resource Center on the Bijou Community School campus lies a vacant piece of earth full of potential. Thank goodness, our list of sponsors and enthusiasts is growing! The Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative has a lively bunch of motivated and savvy volunteers. They put together a rocking first fundraiser last Friday with the support of the Sierra Nevada Alliance. The gracious owners of the Himmel Haus played host to a classy crowd of garden and Four Piece Puzzle fans. I ate a plate of asparagus nicely prepared and thanked my lucky petunias that the garden "ground building" will be easy with all these extra hands. Your support is springing us into action! Thanks!
South Lake Tahoe
Bread & Broth Thanks Heavenly Ski Patrol
Heavenly Ski Patrol's "all in with high energy" motto was clearly demonstrated at its April 21 "Adopt A Day of Nourishment" sponsorship dinner. The Ski Patrol volunteer's Adrian Brown, Audrey Bayless, Rick Rogers, Colton Terry and Rick McGuire enthusiastically jumped right into sorting and filling the 70 "to go bags", moved on to serving 98 dinner guests and stayed to help clean up the kitchen and put away the tables and chairs.
Heavenly Ski Patrol's donation of funds and time made it possible for B&B to provide the evening's full course meal which has been occurring every Monday at St. Theresa Church's Grace Hall for over 24 years. Also with the help of our many donors, B&B began serving soup & pasta meals five years ago this month, at the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church.
B&B would like to express our appreciation to Heavenly's Ski Patrol members for their generous $250 donation and sending a great volunteer crew who brought a lot of fun, energy and good will to evening's dinner. Speaking for the Ski Patrol, Audrey wrote, "HSP values community outreach. It was a wonderful experience to volunteer and give back." Thank you Heavenly Ski Patrol.
Bread & Broth
BEAR League thanks volunteers
The BEAR League would like to give big bear hugs to the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorp Partnership, particularly to Tess Braun and Brenna Blessing for providing volunteer hours for Cesar Chavez Day of Service. The enthusiasm and dedication these volunteers provided was so appreciated as they helped us prepare for what is proving to be a very busy bear season. We are grateful that organizations such as the AmeriCorp Partnership are available in our community. They provide hands-on volunteer work, education and workshops in our area. And they do so with a genuine gusto to serve.
It was a pleasure working side by side with these young people. If Tess and Brenna are examples of the AmeriCorp values, we as a community, are truly blessed. For more information regarding the local AmeriCorp program please go on-line at servingthesierra.org.
With best regards and much appreciation,
Donation helps make school safer
Tahoe Valley Elementary School would like to thank Dan Rivas, Rose Ramos, Justin Ramsey and DIY in South Lake Tahoe for their assistance in donating peepholes for our classrooms. We have classrooms within the building which had no visual access to the hallways when the doors are closed. With the donation of the peepholes, both students and adults now have the ability to visually assess where before they could not. This donation has made such a huge difference in ensuring the safety of our students and staff and we truly appreciate your contribution to Tahoe Valley Elementary. Thank you so much for your support and sponsorship!
Principal at Tahoe Valley Elementary School
Class able to gain true pioneer experience
My fourth grade class participated in the Environmental Living Program at Sutter's Fort in Sacramento, April 22-23. This is an authentic learning experience where students spend two days living and working the way California pioneers did in 1846.
First and foremost, thanks to all the families and friends of students in our class who sacrificed their time and energy. I want to thank the Lake Tahoe Unified School District for supporting innovative programs; El Dorado Community Foundation; David & Johnson, LTD., on behalf of Margie Kovarik; and The Kiwanis of Lake Tahoe, The Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra and The Rotary Club of Lake Tahoe for their generous grants. We are extremely grateful to Tahoe Valley Elementary School PTA's financial support and commitment to our school's students. A heartfelt thanks, also, to the following individuals for their commitment of time and service to this annual event: Rich DeBraga, Tom Tazelaar, Kelley Pedigo, Corinne Best and Sarah Danielson, Christina Grubbs, Ali Kipke, Crystal Briggs, David Berne, The Cromwell Family, and The Wright Family. A special thanks to Susie Richards who lives in Idaho. Thanks to Overland Meat Company for the tri-tips and C-Meeks for the wood to build our tool boxes.
All together we made this year's trip back in time to Sutter's Fort a successful and unforgettable educational journey. Thank you all for allowing our students the opportunity to understand and appreciate California History during the 1840s.
Gene Matteucci and his fourth grade Pioneers
Tahoe Valley Elementary School