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Pribyl Education Fund goes to books

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Getting ready to dive into books donated to elementary school kindergarten through second-grade classes are members of last year's second grade at Tahoe Valley Elementary School. The books were purchased from the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation's Cindy Pribyl Education Fund. From left are Jasmine Aragon, Tyler Prentiss, teacher Patrice Gillam, Bjorn Hedquist, Malcolm Pribyl, Jaeden Smithart, Cooper Clelan and Danielle Cohn.

You can never have enough books. That was one theory behind a state-funded program, which had provided a stipend to the primary grades to purchase books for their reading curriculum. Then the state-funded program ceased.

“The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation, through the Cindy Pribyl Education Fund, picked up where the state left off and filled in the gap,” said Cookie Rork, foundation board member.

The Cindy Pribyl Education Fund honors Cindy Pribyl, who died in 2003 following a lengthy illness. Devoted to the education and betterment of children in the community, she was a teacher at Bijou and Al Tahoe elementary schools. Upon her death, friends, colleagues and family established the memorial fund with the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation.

Her husband, Malcolm, who sat with the foundation’s grants committee to consider how best to utilize the Pribyl funds, agreed that purchasing books requested for kindergarten through second-grade teachers for their individual classes would be the way to honor Cindy’s memory.

“In continuing the commitment to literacy that the state had once funded would be a wonderful legacy for Cindy,” he said.

Rork consulted with the appropriate classroom teachers and the Pribyl Fund contributed $125 per classroom for books to augment special studies. “The books are themed for classroom libraries,” Rork said. “They are for students to read, not just to be read to.”

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In total, $3,980.38 was provided from the fund to provide books to 32 classrooms.

Cyndy Horn, a second-grade teacher at Tahoe Valley Elementary School, recently wrote, “How exciting to receive our books from Cindy’s memorial fund. The students are enjoying topics from dinosaurs, water cycles, rain forests and animals. What a wonderful way to honor Cindy.”

“The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is pleased to have been able to provide 32 classrooms with books purchased from monies from the Cindy Pribyl Fund,” said Brooke Olivares-Laine, board president. “We look forward to being able to continue this program into the future.”