Cherokee Nation Industries helps send students back to school


Peavine Elementary students receive school supplies from Cherokee Nation Industries

STILWELL, Okla. --- For the second consecutive year, employees from Cherokee Nation Industries in Stilwell hosted a monthlong school supply drive to help support local classrooms in need. Students at Peavine Elementary greeted employee volunteers on Tuesday to help unload the supplies.

“Our employees are dedicated to their community and have a remarkable passion for helping others,” said Chris Moody, president of Cherokee Nation Industries. “We are extremely proud to have such caring people representing our company and making a positive impact throughout our community.”

The annual event is part of a company-wide initiative led by the Community Impact Team, which helps promote volunteerism and community engagement for all tribal employees. This year, departments within CNI competed against each other to gather the most supplies and together collected 521 items.

“Service opportunities like this are so important to our community,” said Tammy Crittenden, programs assistant at Peavine Elementary. “Our schools are facing strict budgets cuts, and the burden is falling on local families. When those budgets fall short, it’s imperative that we do all we can to help provide the tools necessary for teachers and students to be successful."

In the last two years, CNI employees have donated nearly 1,000 items to support the students at Peavine Elementary. Items include notebook paper, pens and pencils, scissors, glue, art supplies and more. The supplies are distributed to classrooms throughout the school as needed.

“We cannot expect our kids to do well academically if they do not have the supplies required to do the work,” said Donivan Riddle, CIT captain at CNI Stilwell. “By donating our time and resources, we can help ensure the students have the tools and confidence they need to achieve success in the classroom.”

CNI was established in 1969 to serve as the economic and workforce arm for the Cherokee Nation. The tribal enterprise specializes in aerospace and defense manufacturing, telecommunications, and distribution services. The company has offices in Stilwell, Tahlequah, Pryor and Tulsa. CNI is a Cherokee Nation company.

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