El Dorado County continues to deliver on behalf of our youth. Year after year we immerse ourselves and reach out to the community to make beneficial projects possible for our children, and we are always met with more enthusiasm and support than we could ask. We experienced such a display during the first annual Sugarloaf Stampede on March 29 — a run in support of the Sugarloaf Station Foundation and the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp.
Despite the threat of rain, students, parents, teachers, EDCOE staff, community members and over 140 runners made the race a huge success. The support of participants, event sponsors and community supporters generated over $17,000 for scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer.
Community partners John Conforti, Jason Spencer and Jesse Shadle of the Smith Flat House provided the event with additional parking, breakfast for participants and refused to make themselves whole by donating the proceeds to the cause. EDCOE is extremely grateful for their support, along with all of the sponsors of the event — more children will experience a deeper understanding of art because of their efforts.
To ensure art is ever-present in the lives of our students and in our diverse community, EDCOE administers the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp located at the Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines. During the week-long camp, students expand their skills in visual, theater, video, vocal, textile and various other arts like photography. It is amazing to see what our students are capable of when given the opportunity.
Every day at EDCOE we strive to provide the children of El Dorado County with the highest quality of innovative education they deserve. Art is an imperative part of that well-rounded educational program, as it enriches the mind and fosters the creativity used by our children to accomplish personal goals and achievements in school and in our community. The hard work and participation during the Sugarloaf Stampede will make it possible for many more of our children to attend the camp and further cultivate their artistic expression. None of this would be possible without our community, and I could not be more proud to be part of it.
JEREMY M. MYERS
Superintendent of Schools
El Dorado County Office of Education