The Indian Education department held a school supply distribution for students in their program this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, team members provided backpacks full of grade-specific supplies to families in this drive-through event. On the first day alone, they served more than 500 students.
“We’re happy to do this. We’ve had overwhelming gratitude, parents saying ‘thank you so much.’ Kids, as soon as they get their backpack, zipping it open to see what’s inside of it,” said Shari Williams, Coordinator of Indian Education.
Families also had the opportunity to sign up for the Indian Education program if they weren’t already a part of it. The program provides services to students in pre-K through 12th grade. In addition to the annual supply distribution, they provide information about tribal resources, scholarships, and internships to students and families.
Indian Education also organizes cultural activities for students to take part in at schools. In distance learning, these will include pre-recorded lessons with activities and worksheets for students to participate in. At Edison Middle School, students even have the opportunity to take Native American Studies as an elective.
More information about the Indian Education program is available here and on Facebook. Shari encourages anyone who has questions about the program or what resources are available for each tribe to call the office at 918-833-8360.