Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, Claremore-Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Saul and Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Published July 23, 2017
CLAREMORE, OKLAHOMA– The Cherokee Nation donated $15,000 to Claremore-Sequoyah Schools to purchase the school’s first gymnasium air-conditioning unit on Thursday.
Claremore-Sequoyah, located in Rogers County, has about 1,300 students enrolled in grades pre-K through 12.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker and District 14 Tribal Councilor Keith Austin, of Claremore, visited the school and presented the check to Claremore-Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Saul.
“Unfortunately, problems like air-conditioning upgrades are a budget item that most of our local schools can’t afford right now,” Austin said. “Thanks to the partnerships that we continue to have with Claremore-Sequoyah and other local schools, we are able to make a positive difference in the lives of all children in our communities.”
In operation since 1908, the school hosts everything from athletic events and practice to community events in the gymnasium.
“We are very appreciative of this partnership between the Sequoyah School district and the Cherokee Nation,” Saul said. “Our school and community would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Chief Baker and Councilor Austin for hearing our need and providing for our school and community.”
Funding for this donation came from the tribe’s special project funds. Donations from the special projects fund are selected by the Tribal Council and Principal Chief Baker’s office for projects that benefit both Cherokees and non-Cherokees alike.