Barona Education Grant program has awarded over $3.4 million to schools statewide

(SAN DIEGO, CA) September 10, 2018 – The Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded students and teachers at Olive Pierce Middle School a $5,000 Barona Education Grant. The public middle school, located in Ramona, will use the grant to purchase an interactive smart white board and a dozen Chromebook computers to update the technology in the school library.

California State Assemblyman Randy Voepel sponsored the grant. Barona Tribal Chairman “Edwin” Thorpe Romero presented the $5,000 check to Principal Pauline Levitt and the students.

“The faculty at Olive Pierce is dedicated to providing students with the latest technology to help them achieve academic excellence and prepare them for careers,” said Chairman Romero. “Our Tribe is proud to present this grant money to ensure each student has the tools and resources to help them succeed.”

The school is currently working to transform its library space into an interactive learning space to promote digital literacy and to allow for students to access the new technology for special projects in the area of STEM learning and specifically creating computer codes.

Since the Barona Education Grant program was launched in 2006, Barona has awarded over $3.4 million to California schools statewide. The program has equipped 689 schools with hundreds of computers, thousands of books, iPads, computer software programs and various other technologies and school supplies.  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. 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.