SOURCE: Barona Band of Mission Indians

Barona Band of Mission Indians

June 01, 2015 19:12 ET

Barona Tribe Helps Upgrade Technology at Christ the Cornerstone Lutheran Academy

San Diego School Receives $5,000 Education Grant From the Barona Band of Mission Indians

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2015) - Students and staff at Christ the Cornerstone Lutheran Academy were excited to receive a $5,000 education grant today from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Vice Chairman Ray Welch and Councilwoman Bonnie LaChappa of the Barona Band of Mission Indians presented the grant check to Assemblyman Marty Block and Principal Lark Mayeski. The grant money will be used to purchase 20 tablets to upgrade the technology in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms.

"It is our hope that the new tablets will keep the students excited and engaged in learning," said Clifford LaChappa, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "We are proud to have this program in place and help provide assistance for programs that will keep our youth competitive in technology and academics."

The Barona Education Grant Program is the first of its kind in California created and administered by a Tribal Government. The goal of the program is to create strong educational opportunities for the children of California building upon the success of the Barona Indian Charter School, which operates under a continuous improvement model. Since 2006, Barona has awarded $2,460,000.00 million to over 491 schools statewide.

Schools throughout California can apply for $5,000 educational grants from Barona to purchase much-needed supplies and materials that promote academic improvement. Applications can be downloaded at

About the Barona Band of Mission Indians
The Barona Band of Mission Indians, recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, has lived on the Barona Indian Reservation in rural eastern San Diego County since 1932. Prior to that, the Tribe lived on the Capitan Grande Reservation which was established by the federal government in 1875. Long before living on a reservation, the Tribe traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. Today, the sovereign nation, governed by an elected Tribal Council, is serving its Tribal members, their families, and sharing with the San Diego region. One of the most successful gaming Tribes in the country, Barona also owns and operates the Barona Resort & Casino, San Diego's leading gaming resort, casino and golf course. For more information, visit

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