SOURCE: Barona Band of Mission Indians

Barona Band of Mission Indians

February 19, 2016 19:48 ET

Coastal Academy in Oceanside Receives $5,000 Barona Education Grant

Coastal Academy to Use Funds to Purchase Technology & Leadership Materials

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 19, 2016) - Staff and students at the Coastal Academy School in Oceanside received a $5,000 Barona Education Grant today from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The K-12 grade charter school plans to use the funds to purchase 6 computer tablets and 80 customized self-leadership materials for online middle school programs.

The school's grant was sponsored by State Senator Patricia Bates, who remarked, "Barona's educational grant will help provide cutting edge technology and materials to Coastal Academy's students, in-person and online, which will play a significant role in their future and the opportunities they will receive." Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco attended the event and presented Principal Marcy Cashin with the check.

"Coastal Academy is making a tremendous impact working to reinvent public education," said Chairman Clifford LaChappa. "It is our hope that this grant will encourage the students to continue to explore their educational interests and help them achieve their academic potential."

Since 2006, the Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded over $2.6 million to 532 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

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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