Hello Family and Friends,

I am writing to ask for help. Our school, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School (SELS) is in its final year of expansion, adding 8th grade and infilling a 4th/5th grade classroom. We need 3 portable buildings to meet the needs of the expansion. In the Fall, we started a Capital Campaign to raise funds for bringing in 3 portable classrooms and additional improvements. Attached is a brochure explaining the improvements in depth. To jumpstart our campaign, the School Board pledged $50,000 and we have raised $100,000 to date. All donations are tax deductible (SELS is a 501c3, Federal Tax ID: 27-1627347, can provide a receipt of donation). The entire SELS community asks you to donate to help grow our school. The campaign will continue in full until May when hopefully we will reach our goal of raising $300,000 for this expansion.

I have also attached some drawings of our plans. The idea is to create a middle school (6th-8th) courtyard to compliment our elementary courtyard. Our school is pretty cool: amazing teachers and curriculum, lots of fieldwork with experts and high quality student projects. While we have access to some facilities (gym, soccer field, play areas), the campus does need work. For example, part of the money raised will install running water in each classroom.

You can learn more about our school and this project at our website: www.truckeecharterschool.org. One of our top student projects, a 25 min documentary on the Geology of CA can be viewed on http://www.dougmcmains.com. The students shot, wrote, acted and edited the entire documentary. Recently, this film won 1st place at the Yosemite Film Festival in the Education Category.

If any of you have questions, feel free to contact the school director, David Manahan (dmanahan@truckeecharterschool.org or 530-414-5326). If you are able to donate, thank you! Your gift will have a direct impact.

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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School

P.O Box 2179

Truckee, CA 96160

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SELS is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation, Truckee Charter School Foundation, dba Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Federal Tax ID: 27-1627347.

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11603 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161
Portable buildings M3-M7

Email: truckeecharter@gmail.com
Phone: (530) 448-8115
Fax: (530) 448-8223
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SELS embodies everything that I feel is important in my child's education and I am so grateful that she has the opportunity to learn in such an enriching environment. Teaching our children how to think and how to treat others is critical to their future success. I am thankful every single day for all the wonderful staff at SELS.

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I am grateful that my child is encouraged to interpret concepts and think about how they apply to his life, not just memorize and repeat material. I love that SELS asks kids to think about who they are and how they contribute to the community, locally and globally.

I greatly appreciate that SELS is a heart-centered school that teaches ethics and values along with academics. That approach makes SELS a unique and special place.

I appreciate all the teachers and staff and their responsiveness. I also appreciate all the work the staff are doing to help the kids figure out how to fill each other's buckets!

Our son is bubbling over with excitement for learning. This environment is gifting him with life long skills to succeed. We are so thankful for this school.

All the Adults and students challenge each other the THINK!

SELS is amazing in the way they teach topics hands on and allow the children to learn in practical settings. We couldn't be happier seeing our son flourish so much! Thank you.

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We are thankful for many wonderful ideals and principles at SELS, but what really brings those into reality is the caring, hard-working teachers and staff. We wouldn't have thought that someone else would care as much about the whole education of our daughter as much as we do, but there is a whole team of such people at SELS.

I am so thankful that my 5th grade daughter is a member and student of this beautiful community and school. She is receiving a fantastic education with hands on learning, caring, understanding, creative, out of the box thinking and intuitive teachers. She feels included, important, confident and is growing tons in her knowledge and place in this wonderful community. Thank you SELS for being an amazing part of my daughter's education and Life!

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