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Kudos & Kindness

To the editor:

On behalf of the Family Resource Center, we would like to thank the Food Bank of El Dorado and their board, Toys for Tots, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Karen Tinlin for bringing to South Lake Tahoe the joy of Christmas to approximately 89 families and more than 300 children.

Our special thanks to Mike Sproull and his assistant, Michelle, whose generous efforts brought Christmas to many families who otherwise would not have been able to provide their families with Christmas dinner and gifts for children. We hope we will be able to make this a traditional giving to families in need.

Family Resource Center

Play teaches students respect

To the editor:

On Dec. 15 the New Conservatory Theater of San Francisco performed the play “The Other Side of the Closet” to more than 300 11th-grade students at South Tahoe High School. The play explores high school student behaviors including violence, peer pressure, homophobia, stereotypes and prejudices. Following the play, the actors discuss the roles, the dangers of stereotypes, the importance of respect, and other related issues.

Students are encouraged to ask questions and relate what they have seen to their own experiences. Ultimately, the play and discussion promotes tolerance and respect for all human beings regardless of differences.

This is the fifth year the play has been performed in South Lake Tahoe. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s Family Life/Health/Safe Schools Committee approves and sponsors the play each year. The Social Studies Department has identified the play as a component of civil and minority rights curriculum within the U.S. History course offered to 11th-grade students.

The play is made possible only through generous donations from members of this community. This year, I want to express my greatest appreciation to Pradip Patel of the Super 8 Motel for providing lodging for the actors and stage crew. Thanks go out to Tom Rausch, Jerry Paulak, and several other community members for their generous donations and support. Jim Morgan, culinary arts teacher at South Tahoe High School provided lunch to the actors after the performance. Don Regis-Bilar’s community dinner honoring the actors and crew enhanced the fund-raising efforts. The actors appreciate the support provided by the community dinner, the only one provided along their Northern California tour.

This year, several teachers outside the Social Studies Department were able to see the play. One teacher exclaimed, “This performance is the best assembly I have witnessed in my 30 years of teaching at South Tahoe High School!”

I am honored to be a part of this community and appreciate the extra efforts of individuals to support this important educational event.

Lauri Kemper, chair

Family Life Committee

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