SANTA YNEZ, Calif. -- The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation is donating $100,000 to local schools.
The goal is to help teachers meet high-technology needs and other challenges that come from distance learning.
The donations came from the foundation's Remote Learning Resources grant. Grant sizes were based on each school’s expressed need and its student enrollment.
A total of 12 schools received donations.
Santa Ynez Valley High School, which has a student population enrollment of 853, received the top grant of $32,175.
Scott Cory, superintendent of the Santa Ynez Valley High Union School District, says that this grant allowed them to open a new position to support families struggling with the remote education.
“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,” Cory said in a news release. “The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians continues to be amazing community partners with us.”
The other 11 schools receiving donations were Ballard Elementary, Dunn High School, Dunn Middle School, Jonata Middle School, Los Olivos Elementary, Oak Valley Elementary, Santa Ynez Charter School, Santa Ynez Elementary, Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy, Solvang Elementary and The Family School.
For these schools, the grants ranged from $2,500 to $14,625.