May 8, 2018
STILWELL, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated $4,000 to Zion Public School to help furnish a new building with archery and other physical education equipment.
Cherokee Nation Tribal Council Secretary Frankie Hargis, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and School Community Specialist Brian Jackson presented the check during a recent tour of the school.
“I’m proud the Cherokee Nation is able to provide funding to help Zion equip its new building,” Hargis said. “Physical education activities are important to students for many reasons. I’m happy to see Cherokee Nation’s donation will ensure students soon have additional equipment to help them succeed in programs like archery.”
Zion Superintendent Charles Benham said the new facility, which is largely being constructed through funding from the Carson Foundation, will be 36 feet by 70 feet. While its main use will be for the archery program, the building will be available for other school activities as well. Zion’s physical education programs will need new equipment once the facility is complete.
“The archery program students will be able to set targets up in there and leave them permanently, and students will be able to go in and practice their daily routines,” Benham said. “What Cherokee Nation offers our school, including this $4,000 for equipment, means a lot toward furnishing the whole building and the equipment needed to continue the program.”
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by 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.
“This is another great example of how the Cherokee Nation continues to partner with local schools to provide additional funding that will not only be a benefit to Cherokee students, but to all students,” Hoskin said. “This new equipment will give students and staff one more reason along with the many reasons they already have to be proud of their school. I commend Councilor Hargis for working so closely with the Zion Public School community.”