Resort’s education foundation searching for activities for kids
“Education through recreation” is the goal of the Sierra-at-Tahoe Education Foundation.
A nonprofit, community-based foundation dedicated to creating opportunities for South Shore youth, Sierra’s programming offers something different.
“We’re not just a ski school,” Snowsport School Manager Karen Houser said. “We have many youth programs.”
Learning projects, community support projects, development teams, competition teams, Kids Fest and environmental education programs are some parts of the foundation.
“We want to be able to give to the community,” said Houser, who is working to acquire donations for the program.
Houser said it’s difficult to get the ball rolling, since the foundation needs money to accomplish improvement goals and can only get funding based on its accomplishments.
“We need to get funding to do well and we need to be doing well to get funding,” Houser said.
The Optimist Club recently donated $1,000 to Sierra’s foundation, which Houser said will be used as scholarship money to sponsor children whose financial circumstances make it difficult to participate in snowsports.
“We just reviewed what they’ve been doing in the past and their commitment to kids and we decided it was a very worthy cause, so we donated $1,000,” Optimist President Bart Owens said.
Houser said community input is important to the foundation.
“Basically, this is an opportunity for our organization to reach out to the community and do our part,” Houser said. “But we need input from the community.”
Houser is searching for individual kids or youth projects that could benefit from an opportunity to spend a day at the resort, free of charge.
According to Sierra-at-Tahoe, participants are recommended by people in the community who feel it would be an opportunity that could have a lasting impact on the lives of the children nominated.
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