SOURCE: Barona Band of Mission Indians

Barona Band of Mission Indians

December 19, 2014 17:35 ET

Barona Tribe Spreads Holiday Cheer With Another $5,000 Education Grant This Year

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2014) - The Barona Band of Mission Indians is ending 2014 on a high note by awarding another education grant to a deserving local school. The program's most recent $5,000 grant was presented to Shoal Creek Elementary School in Poway and will check important educational resources off both student's and faculty's holiday wish lists.

Senator Joel Anderson sponsored the education grant for Shoal Creek Elementary School which serves 635 kindergarten through fifth grade students. The Poway school will use education grant funds to purchase 10 iPad 2's and 10 iTunes gift cards to update the science curriculum.

"It's the season of giving and the Barona Tribe is thrilled to present this education grant and to wish Principal Keller and all Shoal Creek faculty and students a happy holiday," said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "We are looking forward to awarding many more Grants to deserving schools in 2015."

Since 2006, the Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded over $2.3 million to 474 schools statewide to help bridge school budget gaps and share resources through its Barona Education Grant Program.

The 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. Schools throughout California can apply for educational grants from Barona to purchase much needed supplies and materials that promote academic improvement. Each grant awarded by the Barona Education Grant Program is $5,000. Applications can be downloaded at http://barona-nsn.gov/education.

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 www.barona-nsn.gov.

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