November 29, 2018
ADAIR, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated $5,500 to Adair Public Schools on Thursday to help with the purchase of new Chromebooks and support the school district’s Johnson O’Malley Program.
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Council Deputy Speaker Victoria Vazquez delivered the checks to Adair Public Schools Superintendent Mark Lippe. Of $5,500 total donated, $5,000 will be used for the Chromebooks and the remainder for the JOM program.
“I’m proud the Cherokee Nation is able to help Adair Public Schools provide its students with these new Chromebooks and also support its JOM program efforts,” Vazquez said. “With budgets continually getting tighter for public education, it is more important than ever for the tribe to step up and be a good partner, and I could not think of a better way to help the school than by putting needed technological resources in the students’ hands.”
Adair Public Schools Superintendent Mark Lippe said the donation is a major help to his school.
“We appreciate the Cherokee Nation and their constant support of our schools,” Lippe said. “These donations help students throughout our entire district achieve academic success, and we just appreciate it.”
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund for the Chromebooks. 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.
“It is always a great opportunity when Chief Baker’s office and the Tribal Council can use special projects money to help schools provide better resources to their students,” Hoskin said. “Technology is vital to students’ learning processes today, and I know these Chromebooks will have a major impact on their academic successes at Adair. I commend Deputy Speaker Vazquez for working so closely with the school on this great project.”