Thursday, March 30, 2017

Roland, Central Schools Get Cherokee Donation

Bryan Warner of Sallisaw, fourth from right, Cherokee Nation council member,
 presents a Cherokee Nation check for $5,000 to Roland Public Schools for special projects.

Bryan Warner of Sallisaw, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. recently presented both Roland Schools and Central Schools checks for $5,000.

The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by the tribal council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office, and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.

The schools have special projects ranging from an outdoor playground shelter to a washer and dryer for laundry services for students in need.

Warner said, “These funds will benefit a variety of programs at both Roland and Central Public Schools from academic and athletic activities to addressing physical and emotional needs of students and their families. I will always support the programs used by our schools to better the lives of their students and improve the wellbeing of our communities.”

Roland Superintendent Randy Wood said Cherokee Nation’s support is vital at a time when school budgets are being trimmed.

He said, “These are difficult times, and for anything we pursue, it can be difficult to come up with the funding. The Cherokee Nation has always been a great help to our schools, and we are very appreciative. From this donation, $2,000 will help build an indoor place for our student golfers to get out of the weather if it rains. Another $2,000 will help our robotics team with meals and travel expenses for world championship competition in April. And we’ll use $1,000 to buy a washer and dryer. Sometimes students just don’t have the capability to wash their clothes at home, and it can keep them from coming to school. There will be students glad to have this program provided for them.”

Larry Henson, Central Schools superintendent, said a storm last year uprooted a large tree on the elementary playground, leaving no shade for students and teachers.

He said, “Part of this money will be used to put up a gazebo on the playground for coverage and to have benches so kids and teachers can get out of the sun when they need to. It will also buy some computers for a few teachers’ classrooms.”

Bryan Warner of Sallisaw, fourth from right, Cherokee Nation council member, presents a Cherokee Nation check for $5,000 to Roland Public Schools for special projects.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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