September 27, 2017
CNB employee volunteers visit local schools, deliver items for classrooms in need
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Employee volunteers from Cherokee Nation Businesses recently visited Woodall and Collinsville Public Schools to deliver donated supplies to classrooms in need. The effort was part of a company-wide initiative led by CNB to support community schools.
Employees delivered more than 3,000 items to Woodall Elementary and Collinsville Indian Education, including classroom necessities such as writing utensils, paper, scissors, rulers, folders, tissue and cleaning supplies.
“On behalf of the students and staff at Woodall Public School, I thank CNB and the Cherokee Nation community for donating school supplies,” said Ginger Knight, Woodall Public School principal. “Students who could otherwise not afford supplies now have the items they need for this school year.”
The school supply drives were coordinated through the CNB’s Community Impact Team, which helps promote volunteerism and community engagement for all employees. All CNB properties, nine Cherokee Casinos and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa participated in the month-long drive, each designating its recipient school.
“Cherokee Nation Businesses’ school supply donation to Collinsville Schools helps our students get a great start to their school year with the supplies they need,” said Janice Fields, Indian Education Director for Collinsville Public Schools. “CNB employees also provided supplies for teachers, which is always a great help because teachers usually purchase supplies out of their own pockets.”
Schools in Tahlequah, Collinsville, Moffett, Sallisaw, Catoosa, Stilwell, Wyandotte, Wagoner, Claremore, Nowata and Caney Valley received supplies from the tribe’s business arm and entertainment properties.
This year, CNB employees have dedicated more than 4,800 volunteer service hours to community outreach projects and numerous charitable efforts, such as the company’s annual school supply drive.