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Kudos & Kindness

Bijou Community School recently hosted Family Reading Night to promote literacy at home. School staff and community members read stories to children while parents purchased books for their home libraries. Fifty percent of the profits from the book sales will be given back to Bijou School to add to classroom libraries.

We thank Lake Tahoe firefighters/paramedics, Capt. Fred Vermillion, Chip Johnston, Doug Bailey and Chris Anaya; Starbucks manager Kathy Mauzey and Danielle Smith; STHS AVID students Molly Mathews, Fernando Lopez and Ashleigh Richardson; and STHS student athlete Garrett Tinlin for their voices. We also thank Safeway and Raley’s for donating cookies and balloons, Starbucks for donating coffee and hot chocolate, and Silke Rover for bringing the wonderful selection of books to our school.

Bijou Community School staff

The Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater recently filled to celebrate the evening of environmental films in honor of Lily Galli.

A big thanks to the Boys and Girls Club for providing delicious baked goods, Alpina Coffee for donating hot beverages, and Wide Awake Conscious Café for donating post-consumer coffee cups.

The event would not have been possible without the support of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada Alliance and Tahoe Earth Day Foundation. The evening raised almost $600, which will be donated to the Natural Resource Defense Council in honor of Lily Galli. Thank you to all who attended.

Shelly Barnes, water conservation specialist

South Tahoe Public Utility District

South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center thanks local agencies and businesses for their support throughout April 2008.

These businesses contributed to the success of this year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Inn by the Lake, Lake Tahoe Community College, KRLT and KOWL, RSN, Freshies, Applebees, Tahoe Daily Tribune and the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Thanks to your continued support, we are able to provide comprehensive services for more than 200 survivors of sexual assault each year.

Thank you for helping us raise funds for our sexual assault programs, for helping us educate the community about sexual assault issues, and for spreading the word about special Sexual Assault Awareness Month events, such as Take Back the Night.

Lisa Utzig Schafer, outreach coordinator

South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center

Over the past several months, we have had to endure not only losing our home in the Angora fire, but also my diagnosis with cancer in October. It has been a difficult year for our family but one that was made easier by the efforts of the Tahoe community.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the wonderful people of our community who have given us a tremendous amount of love and support the entire way of our journey. A thank you to all our friends who cooked those delicious dinners and brought them to our house, and to everyone who helped split and stack our firewood, and rake our yard in the fall.

We also would like to thank all the generous people who donated money to the wristband fundraiser, sponsored by the South Tahoe Middle School staff. We would like to recognize Mary Burns and Judy Klingler and give them a big thank you for all the hard work they did organizing and collecting the contributions. To all the students and staff at STMS and other school sites, your cards and letters helped lift spirits when the going was rough.

We appreciate everyone who took time out of their day to participate in the fun fitness fundraiser at Push Fitness, and Tim Christensen, who graciously allowed us the use of the facility. We especially want to thank Terre Poland, who worked tirelessly finding sponsors, raffle prizes and organizing this event.

To all the Tahoe service organizations, thank you for all the support to the Angora fire victims in helping them get back on their feet. Thank you to Drake Niven Construction and all the workers who have helped us realize the dream of rebuilding our house.

The Hudsons – Scott, Marsha, Alicia and Kayla

Thanks to great help and planning, the blood drive held April 15 at Kahle Community Center was a success. Forty-one pints of blood were collected from our generous donors – this equates to 123 lives that can be saved from our small town. Thank you, donors.

This success could not have happened without United Blood Services, which provided all equipment and staff to take the blood. Thanks to Kahle Community Center for donating the space for the blood drive, for informing people and patrons about it, and helping schedule appointments.

Thanks to everyone who helped me by getting heroes to donate their blood. This includes my schoolmates, friends, family, business owners and Lake Tahoe citizens. The blood drive wouldn’t have been the same without supporters asking people to come.

Sabrina Swoger

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