Finney Awarded $5,000 Technology Grant

Cheered by students, parents and staff, the Barona Band of Mission Indians recently awarded Myrtle S. Finney Elementary School a $5,000 education grant at a special ceremony in the school’s auditorium. The check was presented by Barona Tribal Chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero. It was the second grant that Barona has awarded to Finney since 2010.

“Education is very important to our Tribe,” said Chairman Romero. “It is a great privilege to help deserving schools in our community such as Finney Elementary. We hope these new tools will help engage students and advance their learning in the classroom.”

The school will apply the grant toward the purchase of iPads and other technology. Previously, the support of Barona helped enable the school to create a second computer lab. State Senator Juan Vargas (40th District) nominated the school for the grant. “Finney is a school on the move,” Sen. Vargas said, in his nomination letter. “They recently scored well above 800 on the (Academic Performance Index), and their teachers, students, parents and administrators have a history of dedicated involvement that helps facilitate educational growth.”

At the check presentation, Sen. Vargas told students about the importance of graduation from high school and college. He asked all students to raise their hands and pledge to graduate–and the students did so enthusiastically.

Principal Olivia Amador-Valerio said the school is very proud of its relationship with Barona, and appreciative of Sen. Vargas’ support. “With their help, our technology infrastructure has improved tremendously,” she said. “We are able to provide the tools necessary to help students accelerate their learning. It is very exciting for our students, and very appreciated by the community.”

Photo (L-R): Principal Olivia Amador-Valerio, Barona Tribal Chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, CVESD Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, and State Senator Juan Vargas display ceremonial check with Finney students.

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One Comment on “Finney Awarded $5,000 Technology Grant”

  1. Jorge Mora October 29, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    That’s fantastic! I’m so glad the school will benefit from the generosity of the Barona Band and knowing the professionals at the school, I’m certain they’ll take full advantage.

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