The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation is donating $100,000 to help local schools during the covid-19 pandemic.
The money is meant to help educators adapt to the unique challenges and unforeseen costs of distance learning.
Each of the selected schools received a grant based on the school’s needs and student enrollment.
Since the Santa Ynez Valley High School has the largest student population in the valley (853 students enrolled), the school received the top grant of $32,175.
“This donation to our school district has allowed us to fund a ‘community liaison’ position that will provide a critical point of contact with, and support for, valley families that are experiencing unique struggles with facilitating distance learning for their children,” said Scott Cory, Superintendent of the Santa Ynez Valley High Union School District.
Eleven other schools received grants ranging from $14,625 to $2,500.
“Our tribe places a high value on education, and we felt it was important to help our local schools with additional funds during these challenging times,” said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.