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Letter: Local student seeks funding for science education

As a toddler, Monte White’s favorite toy was a battery powered screwdriver that let him take apart and put together all his other toys. His parents nurtured his curiosity about how things worked. Ansel White, a mechanic for the Tahoe Transit District and fabricator of custom car parts, encouraged Monte to build simple machines, first with Lego and later with metal. Mom Val Bias, an emergency medical technician at Barton Memorial Hospital, made science come alive for him. Now a student at Tahoe Middle School, Monte is one a of handful of students nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum to explore STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — at a college campus over the summer.

The National Youth Leadership Forum describes itself as “a unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking middle school students who will evolve into our next generation of innovators, engineers, doctors, software developers, mathematicians, and physicists. During the six-day program, students learn by doing as they take part in hands-on simulations, workshops, and site visits, while making new friends and having unforgettable adventures.

Monte stands out as someone with aptitude and interest in these fields,” said science teacher Sally Loomis, who nominated Monte for the program. “He is enthusiastic and participates fully in class, and brings a lot of background knowledge to the class, and is excited to share his thoughts and ideas. He is exactly the type of person who could benefit most from an experience like this. It will open his eyes to myriad possibilities in careers in science and engineering.

Monte’s face lights up when he talks about the program: “This means a lot to me and my future as a computer software engineer. NYLF will teach programming computer software and robots, which is exactly the path for my future career as an adult. This is stuff they don’t teach in school.”

With the support of his parents, Monte’s embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise the tuition.

Ms. Loomis said, “Many families just can’t afford the camp and have to fundraise the money. I truly think that Monte would benefit from the camp, and I would love for him to have this experience!”

Monte’s GoFundMe page is at http://www.gofundme.com/t2sw3snw.

Christine White

Sacramento, Calif.