Students and staff at Carlsbad High School were awarded a $5,000 education grant by the Barona Band of Mission Indians on Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Assemblyman Martin Garrick joined Principal Matthew Steitz and Carlsbad High School math teacher Jeff Simon to accept the check presented to the school by Chairman Edwin "Thorpe" Romero of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
Barona has made it a priority over the past six years to help fill the financial gaps that have been left by budget cutbacks in education statewide. The budget cuts have also impacted the ability of schools like Carlsbad High to keep up with the growing demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.
Since 2006, Barona has awarded more than $1.5 million to over 300 schools statewide.
The Barona Education Grant Program is the first of its kind in California created and administered by a Tribal Government. The goal of the program is to create strong educational opportunities for the children of California building upon the success of the Barona Indian Charter School, which operates under a continuous improvement model. Schools throughout California can apply for educational grants from Barona to purchase much-needed supplies and materials that promote academic improvement. Each grant awarded by the Barona Education Grant Program is $5,000.
–Barona Band of Mission Indians Press Release