Local schools receive much-needed school supplies
TAHLEQUAH – Employee volunteers from Cherokee Nation Businesses recently visited local schools to deliver donated supplies to classrooms in need. The effort was part of a company-wide initiative 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,” Janice Fields, director of Indian Education for Collinsville Public Schools said. “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,” Brooklynn Mathis, a fifth-grade student at Briggs Public Schools, said. “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,” he said.