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In The News – Hyatt Regency ‘STEPS UP for STEM’ with $50,000 Matching Donation

July 14, 2023 | Member Submitted

Hyatt Lake Tahoe COO, Andrew DeLapp, presenting the STEP UP for STEM donation check to Incline High School Principal Tierney Cahill, Incline Elementary School Principal John Stern and outgoing Incline Middle School Principal Kari Michael.
Incline Education Fund is kicking off its “STEP UP for STEM fundraising campaign with a major commitment from the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. A long time supporter in the local community, the Hyatt has stepped up as lead corporate sponsor to help make the Incline Schools become the first and only K-12 STEM designated school system in the State of Nevada.

According to Andrew DeLapp, COO of Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, “The Hyatt is excited to be partnering with Incline Education Fund on the STEP Up for STEM campaign. Their vision for a STEM learning curriculum across K-12 at Incline schools will help prepare our kids with real-world, 21st century skills. We are proud to be supporting our local community as sponsors of this great program.”

The Incline Education Fund will be raising $300,000 in total funding to build a K-12 coordinated curriculum across all three schools. The donations will be directed to new and updated technology equipment, experiential curriculum and STEM enrichment programs such as podcasting and the Sound Lab, coding, programming, robotics, drones and laser printing.   A critical part of a STEM education includes collaborative work, problem-solving, communication and critical thinking– skills that Incline High Schools’ nationally recognized ‘We the People’ class excel at throughout their competition season. The STEP UP for STEM program also helps students plan for their future with mentorship and internship programs. Additional academic support programs, funded by the Incline Education Fund, will assist struggling students so they can take full advantage of more rigorous academic options.

“The Hyatt has once again demonstrated their long-term commitment to support our community and our kids,” said Mary Danahey, Executive Director, Incline Education Fund. “This $50,000 match will help us jumpstart our program and take it to the next level.”
Incline Education Fund Cofounder, Sharon Schrage added, “The STEP UP for STEM program will broaden students’ critical thinking skills and open additional opportunities for careers or higher education degrees. We believe that the Incline Schools are on their way to creating one of the best K-12 school communities in the state of Nevada. The Hyatt has been a great partner in helping us achieve this goal.”
Incline Education Foundation


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