Students and educators at Encinitas' Diegueño Middle School received a $5,000 grant this week from the Barona Band of Mission Indians, according to a release from the tribe.
The grant is part of a series of gifts to local schools by the Barona Band of Mission Indians, which in 2006 began its Barona Education Grant Program. Since then, the program reports awarding more than $2.1 million to 423 schools statewide, to help bridge school budget gaps and share resources. Each grant awarded by the program is valued at $5,000.
Diegueño Middle School is expected to use the funds to purchase 20 Chromebooks -- personal computers featuring the Chrome OS operating system -- that the students can use. The school's grant was sponsored by California State Senator Mark Wyland, whose district includes Encinitas. Diegueño Middle School serves more than 900 seventh- and eighth-grade students.
"We are proud to be able to continue providing deserving schools with the educational materials they need through the Barona Education Grant program," said Clifford LaChappa, Chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "We would like to thank Senator Mark Wyland for reaching out to us and congratulate Principal Bryan Marcus on the hard work that has made Diegueño a nationally recognized school."