Kudos & Kindness
June 21, 2007
Sutter’s Fort trip was educational
On May 24 and 25 my fourth-grade class participated in the Environmental Living Program at Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. This is an authentic learning experience where students spend a day living and working the way California pioneers did in the 1840s.
The experience includes researching and writing a five-paragraph biographical essay on a historical character who actually visited the fort in the 1840s. Students prepare a character speech to be given to the many visitors, including other fourth-graders at the fort that day. Students and parents were also responsible for wearing period costumes and making their own journal paper and sashes. Our pioneers rode on a covered wagon to the fort.
Once there, they roped a “steer” with a vaquero, made candles and corn husk dolls, strung beads, blacksmithed, hammered together a wooden stool-tool box and made rope. They also made their own dinner that included beef, chicken stew, beans, tortillas and apple cobbler. They baked bread, cinnamon rolls and cookies in a beehive oven. They churned butter, made baskets, and spun and wove wool to make a class wall hanging. They witnessed the shooting of the Fremont cannon, while learning about the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. They watched and learned how a musket is fired. They earned and spent Sutter’s bucks at the trade store to buy period items. Finally, they listened to an Indian story teller, learned about period music and pioneer medical care, square danced, did guard duty, and ended the trip the next day with a riverboat ride up and down the Sacramento River.
All this would not have been possible without a lot of support. First and foremost, thanks to all the parents in our class who sacrificed their time and energy to get us to Fort Sutter. A special thanks to Jane Lau and Charlote Rosburg; Tahoe Valley PTA, which donated $600; and Tahoe Valley Community parents, who attended the Sutter’s Fort spaghetti feed; Susie Richards, who trekked all the way from Idaho; Jillian, Melissa and Tarma Tribble; Mrs. Garcia and her son, Jacob; and Mr. Nimtz and his son, Matthew. Thanks also to Jesse Mitchell, a fifth-grader at Tahoe Valley, who helped out tremendously. I’d also like to thank Richard and Bonnie DeBraga, Tom Tazelaar and Karen Tinlin.
And, finally, thanks to Rex at Meeks Lumber, who contributed all the wood for the tool boxes and Off the Hook, who donated chopsticks to make period toys. Without all of you, there would be no Sutter’s Fort experience. Thank you all for allowing our students the opportunity to understand and appreciate California history during the 1840s.
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Gene Matteucci, fourth-grade teacher
Tahoe Valley Elementary School
Standing-room only crowd for Splash-in
The EAA Chapter 1073 would like to take this opportunity to thank all the media, volunteers, attendees and sponsors who made the Mike Brown Splash-in a success.
The Sierra Sun, Tahoe World, Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Tahoe Daily Tribune and Nevada Appeal coverage was instrumental in a turnout that surpassed our wildest expectations. There was standing-room only on both the beach and the Obexer pier.
The West Shore Association, Chuck Kimes of SeaPlane Operation LLC, Obexer’s Marina and Chris Craft of Lake Tahoe all played a large part in making this one of the most successful events our chapter has ever been involved with. Our biggest reward was the joy this brought Mike Brown’s wife, Lois. The enjoyment she experienced during the event was worth all our hard work.
EAA Chapter 1073
Dump Day was a success
On June 9, the Clean Tahoe Program held its annual Community Dump Day. The community came out in force to dispose of old furniture, appliances, tires and other “junk.”
Roughly 700 vehicles came through the gates at South Tahoe Refuse with load after load of unwanted “stuff.” In addition to piles and piles of trash we collected, free of charge, 33,184 pounds of e-waste and 400 tires.
Those residents who took advantage of the annual event enjoyed huge savings. Typically, the charge to dump TVs and monitors is $25 each and tires can range from $2.25 to $114 depending on the size.
The inauguration of the “Cycle Recycle Tahoe” community program saw the receipt of nearly 100 bicycles. With support from Sierra Ski and Cycle Works, Odd Job Bob, Placer Title, Tahoe Home Online.com, The Mountain News and Old Republic Title, bikes will be refurbished and donated back to community through the Tahoe Family Resource Center. The staff and board of directors of the Clean Tahoe Program would like to thank the incredible team at South Tahoe Refuse, for without their assistance and cooperation, this event would not be possible.
Another big thank-you goes to the Kiwanis for their part in keeping everyone well-fed throughout the day.
Last, but certainly not least, we thank the residents of the city of South Lake Tahoe and the county for taking advantage of this great opportunity to “clean it up” and for the ongoing support of our program.
Ellen Nunes, program manager
Clean Tahoe Program
Thanks to Valhalla helpers
The staff at the Valhalla Arts, Theater and Music Festival would like to extend a huge thanks too the volunteers who came out June 19 to sell tickets and refreshments at the Blue Turtle Seduction concert.
It was also because of wonderful volunteer efforts that our Movie Night was a success, because it was a volunteer who ran the movie. Between the hard work of our staff and volunteers the season will really be a great one.
Valhalla Arts, Theater and Music Festival
Recovery Center says thanks
We at Sierra Recovery Center would like to thank the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra of living up to its motto of “Serving the Children of the World.”
Their generous donation will be used for our transitional housing that serves mothers who are rebuilding their lives for themselves and their children.
We are so fortunate to have community service organizations that continue to support the efforts of SRC.
Sierra Recovery Center staff