Employees recently collected and delivered more than 900 books, along with decorative posters, bookmarks, and educational audio and video tapes.
“We are proud of our support and partnership with Greasy Schools. By coming together and focusing on this literacy project, we can truly impact the future of our young people and play a small role in their academic success,” said Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker. “Growing up in a family of professional educators, I know firsthand how reading and sharing the gift of a book can be a transformative influence in a child’s life.”
This year marks the fourth anniversary since Cherokee Nation and its businesses first stepped in and began helping the small Adair County community after the loss of its school to a devastating fire in 2009.
“Our last visit to Greasy left us wanting to do more for the students,” said CNI employee Donivan Riddle. “We were determined to help fill the bare shelves of their beautiful new library.”
The school, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, has resumed classes in a brand-new building funded through insurance coverage. However, the tribe’s employee volunteer group, known as the Community Impact Team, discovered empty library shelves during a school supply delivery in August.
“We cannot express how appreciative everyone here is for donations such as this,” said Greasy’s library media specialist, Debbie Dlugonski. “Reading is a vital part of education, and now the children have a large selection of quality books that they actually want to read.”
Library books, furniture and other important supplies were not covered or replaced by insurance.
Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Industries have continually supported the small school district, with clean-up efforts, temporary shelter, boxed lunches, cafeteria equipment and continued volunteer drives.
The staff at Greasy expresses their appreciation for the ongoing support from all the donors and the community. School officials say students have shown a renewed interest in reading since the new books have arrived.
For more information about donating to Greasy Schools, call (918) 696-7768.