Local schools receive much-needed school supplies

September 12, 2018

CNB employee volunteers visit local schools, deliver items for classrooms in need

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Employee volunteers from Cherokee Nation Businesses recently visited several local 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 5,000 items, including classroom necessities such as writing utensils, paper, scissors, rulers, folders, tissue and cleaning supplies.

“Collinsville Indian Education program would like to thank Cherokee Nation Businesses for donating school supplies,” said Janice Fields, director of Indian Education for Collinsville Public Schools. “It is always a welcome and generous donation to our students and staff.”

Schools in Tahlequah, Catoosa, Muldrow, Claremore, Ramona, Sallisaw, Bell, South Coffeyville, Collinsville, Braggs, Marble City, Colcord and Afton received supplies from the tribe’s business arm and entertainment properties.

“We really needed this donation,” said Brooklynn Mathis, a fifth-grade student at Briggs Public Schools. “We don’t have as many supplies as we usually do, so we’ve been trading or sharing stuff like notebooks.”

The school supply drives were coordinated through 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.

Briggs student Isaiah Terrapin told CNB volunteers that he and his eighth-grade classmates were mostly excited to have plenty of pencils. “We always need more pencils,” laughed Terrapin, as he glanced through the donated supplies.

This year, CNB employees have dedicated more than 1,700 volunteer service hours to community outreach projects and numerous charitable efforts, such as the company’s annual school supply drive.