(L to R) Roland High School English teacher Blake Rainwater, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Roland Public Schools Superintendent Paul R. Wood, Roland High School math teacher Steven Ostrander, Roland seniors Kalen Griffin and Chrissy Reynolds, Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner, Roland tech-ed teacher Stephen O'Neal, Roland High School Principal Keli Harrell and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden.
ROLAND, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. recently presented both Roland Public Schools and Central Public Schools a $5,000 check.
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.
The schools had special projects ranging from an outdoor playground shelter to a washer and dryer for laundry services for students in need.
“These funds will benefit a variety of programs at both Roland and Central Public Schools, from academic and athletic activities to addressing physical and emotional needs of students and their families,” said Warner, of Sallisaw. “I will always support the programs used by our schools to better the lives of their students and improve the well-being of our communities.”
Roland Superintendent Randy Wood said Cherokee Nation’s support is vital at a time when school budgets are otherwise being trimmed.
“These are difficult times, and for anything we pursue, it can be difficult to come up with the funding,” Wood said. “The Cherokee Nation has always been a great help to our schools, and we are very appreciative. From this donation, $2,000 will help build an indoor place for our student golfers to get out of the weather if it rains; $2,000 will help our robotics team with meals and travel expenses for world championship competition in April; and we’ll use $1,000 to buy a washer and dryer. Sometimes students just don’t have the capability to wash their clothes at home, and it can keep them from coming to school. There will be students glad to have this program provided for them.”
Central Public Schools Superintendent Larry Henson said a storm last year uprooted a large tree on the elementary playground, leaving no shade for students and teachers.
“Part of this money will be used to put up a gazebo on the playground for coverage and to have benches so kids and teachers can get out of the sun when they need to,” Henson said. “It will also buy some computers for a few teachers’ classrooms.”
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