Local Educational Programs Benefit from Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation Grants
Corning, California — August 27, 2018 — The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is pleased to announce over $20,000 in grants and scholarships through the Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation. Most of the grant funding went to educational programs in Tehama County.
“Our local schools have limited resources to allocate towards technological learning tools and enrichment programs for students. Through the Foundation, we partner with schools to provide the resources they need to strengthen their educational programs,” said Andre “Dru” Alejandre, tribal chairman.
Los Molinos Elementary School received a grant to purchase iPads for the school’s “Technology Starts Early” program. “We believe the iPads will keep the students engaged in learning and help them develop collaborative, presentation, and research skills at an early age, said Luis DeLara, tribal secretary.
Red Bluff High School District received funding to provide a 10-week leadership training program for Freshman and Sophomores. “The leadership program is designed to help students develop the skills they need to make a difference in the community, such as brainstorming solutions, setting goals, teamwork, and collaboration to make needed changes,” said, DeLara.
The Tribe also contributed to the Back to School Project, which provides children with new clothes, shoes and backpacks. “There are so many factors that contribute to a well-rounded education in the 21st century, and self-esteem is one of those things. Many local families are barely able to make ends meet much less purchase back to school clothes. Yet, these things can help a child feel more confident, and that can make a huge difference in a child’s readiness to learn,” said Natasha Magana, tribal board member.
In addition to the Foundation grants, the Tribe recently provided shelter for Carr Fire evacuees at the Rolling Hills Casino RV Park, Equestrian Center, and Carlino’s Event Center. “The Tribe and Rolling Hills Casino management and staff considered it an honor to assist those affected by the fires,” said Alejandre. “Our hearts go out to all of those who lost their homes.”
Other Foundation grant recipients include the Corning Union High School Cheer Team, Miss Olive City Pageant and Corning Elementary Education Foundation. Tehama CattleWomen, CASA Superhero Run, and the Work Training Center were among the organizations that received sponsorships for upcoming events that benefit the community.
The Tribe encourages organizations to apply for grants through its Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation. The Foundation committee reviews applications for grants on a quarterly basis. Applications and more information are available on the Rolling Hills Casino website at www.paskentanomlakifoundation.com.
The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians owns Rolling Hills Casino & Resort, which includes the Casino, three restaurants, The Equestrian Center at Rolling Hills and The Links Golf Course. They employ over 500 team members, most of whom work full time with health care benefits and 401k options. Each year, hundreds of thousands of guests visit Rolling Hills Casino, bringing with them tourist dollars that benefit the local economy. The Casino and the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians are strong community partners supporting local programs through generous grants and sponsorships. The Paskenta Nomlaki Foundation donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to community organizations each year, with over $8 million dollars donated to benefit local health, safety and education programs.