Published December 23, 2016
CORNING, CALIFORNIA – The Paskenta Band of the Nomlaki Indians has been awarded one of the highly competitive Promise Neighborhood Grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant is for $2,705,168.00 for the first year and approximately $3 million for each of the following four years.
The competitive preference priorities for the grant, which is expected to benefit 2,993 area students, were Improving Early Learning Development and High School and Transition to College.
The tribe and its partners worked on this grant application for close to four years, according to Paskenta Band Tribal Chairman Andrew Alejandre. The partnership included Tehama County Department of Education, Corning Union Elementary School District, Tehama County Health Services, United Youth and Families/River Cities Counseling, Corning Union High School District and the City of Corning, Calif.
Schools that will benefit from the grant include Olive View Elementary, Rancho Tehama Elementary, West Street Elementary, Woodson Elementary, Maywood Middle School, Columbia Academy, Corning High School and Centennial High School.
The grant was the result a community-wide effort and involved the coordination and collaboration of many people and institutions, said Alejandre. He added that the Tribal Council is especially thankful to all the students, parents, faculty and staff at each of the schools who worked hard to help make the grant possible.
“We want to especially thank Matt Russell and Cindy Barnett of the Center for Evaluation and Research in Redding for all their expert advice and help on this important project,” said Alejandre. “My grandfather, Everett Freeman, was a strong supporter of education and our communities and we wanted to carry on the tradition he started. We look forward to the next several years working with our partners to make a substantial impact in the lives of our community children.”
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