Education Roundup: STHS club raises money for Ugandan school |

Education Roundup: STHS club raises money for Ugandan school

Axie Navas

For the young women of the South Tahoe High School S Club, service is more than an extracurricular.

“Many of us are instilled with a desire to serve, to be part of something bigger than ourselves,” Soroptimist International member and S Club liaison Vicki Gonzales said. “It’s about reaching out beyond our boundaries.”

STHS S Club is a community service group sponsored by Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe for students. From serving Bread & Broth meals at St. Theresa Catholic Church to running a snack table at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the members volunteer throughout the South Shore, Gonzales said.

Now the club has its sights set on a small school in Uganda.

Sharon Sterling, a member of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, and Evye Szanto visited the Bigodi Women’s Progressive Primary School in February 2012. The lack of textbooks and other basic materials impressed the pair enough that they decided to raise money for the school, Sterling said.

Sterling gave a presentation about the project to STHS’s S Club spring 2012. This year, the club has decided to raise a portion of the money needed for a $2,000 cistern that will provide the Ugandan school with fresh drinking water.

“It’s very heartbreaking to see the conditions these students are in,” Sterling said. “We’re excited to be helping the school and were excited the S Club is a part of it.”

The S Club will circulate a video throughout STHS this school year to promote awareness of the Ugandan project, according to Gonzales. It will detail the project and encourage other South Lake Tahoe students to donate money to the cause, she said. And if the club reaches its monetary goal, Gonzales said the students will release a music video featuring the STHS teachers.

“It’s about awareness, it’s about appreciating have. There’s talk of STHS adopting this school as a sister school. (The S Club) wants to continue helping them,” Gonzales said.

In other news

Local students podium in Odyssey of the Mind competition

Three South Shore Vision in Education students nabbed third place in a regional Odyssey of the Mind competition earlier this year.

The students built three vehicles that made a total of nine runs and transported nine parts used to build an electronic pet in the creative problem-solving competition.

“When kids are home-schooled, they have certain advantages and certain disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that kids are not often thrown into teams to problem solve together,” Coach Bonnie Turnbull said.

As the coach, Turnbull said she answers questions and offers support but the students are responsible for the project. The competition puts real-world issues in a fun, challenging context for children, she said.

This year’s South Shore team created an eight-minute performance around the vehicles based on a 1924 Olympics theme. One of the small robots mimicked the ice skating competition with a rotating CD and images of skaters while the electronic pet resembled a sled dog that pulled the gold medals.

Turnbull first entered Odyssey of the Mind five years ago. That team made it all the way to the world finals, Turnbull said. She said she will start looking for students for the 2014 team this September.

For more information on the team, contact Turnbull at or 530-544-1626.

“I’ve found that the best teams are fairly self-motivated. They go home and say, ‘My vehicle isn’t running straight. I need a new tracking system,’” Turnbull said.

Zephyr Cove Lodge hosts bingo night to benefit Warriors

Zephyr Cove Lodge will host a bingo night Thursday at 6 p.m. to benefit the Whittell High School Warrior’s Safe and Sober GradNite.

The $30 ticket includes food and bingo. A silent auction will also take place.

For more information, call Carol Arciniega at 775-720-9555, Elaine Welch at 775-781-0114 or Suzanne Harris at 775-240-3902.

CHP offers free driver safety class

The California Highway Patrol will offer a Start Smart driving class Tuesday, April 23 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Tahoe High School student union.

To reserve a space in the class, contact the CHP at 530-577-1001.

Start Smart is aimed at helping newly licensed and future licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany being a licensed driver in the state. The program was created in an effort to reduce the incidents of teen injuries and deaths resulting from car crashes, according to a CHP release.

LTUSD accepts kindergarten, transitional kindergarten registrations

Lake Tahoe Unified School District is accepting registrations for kindergarten at all elementary schools from April 29 through May 10.

To be eligible for enrollment, a child must be five years of age on or before October 1. If your child was born after October 1 and on or before December 2, he or she qualifies for transitional kindergarten — a two-year kindergarten program.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to pre-register, call your neighborhood elementary school: Bijou Community School, 530-543-2337; Sierra House Elementary School, 530-543-2327; Tahoe Valley Elementary School, 530-543-2350.

Cub Scouts accepting sign-ups

Cub Scout Pack 592 is accepting sign-ups April 23 at Sierra House Elementary School, May 14 at Bijou Community School and May 15 at Tahoe Valley Elementary School. All sign-ups will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact Drew Bray at 530-318-5945 or James Thorne at 702-277-7538.

Tahoe Tri Club offers swim lessons

The Tahoe Tri Club offers swim training for children and adults interested in triathlons, swimming or open-water swims.

The group meets Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for an hour-long class at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center pool until weather allows for outdoor swim training in the summer.

Lessons cost $6 each in addition to a $31 annual Tahoe Tri Club membership fee. For more information, email or call 530-208-9758. More information on the club can be found at

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