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Release: Pala Band of Mission Indians Donates $140,000 to Vivian Banks Charter School

Pala Band of Mission Indians California Pala Press Release


CONTACT: Doug Elmets (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA– The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that they have donated $140,000 to the Bonsall Union School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

The money will be used to support Vivian Banks Charter School and will provide the school with the necessary means to educate the youth located on the Pala Reservation.

Vivian Banks Charter School is a community school that incorporates local culture into curriculum while also emphasizing standards-based education to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. During the 2016-2017 school year, there was a total enrollment of 110 students and the 2017-2018 school year is estimated to be similar.

“We are happy to help the Bonsall School District provide the best education possible for our local students,” said Pala Chairman Robert Smith. “Education needs to remain a priority and Pala is pleased to contribute in any way that is beneficial to the students in the Bonsall Union School District.”

Over the past nine years, the Pala Tribe has donated over $940,000 to local school districts.

“We are so grateful to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for their consistent and generous donations to our school,” says Vivian Banks Principal, Eric Kosch. “These donations make it possible for the students to receive a great education that is aligned with the school’s mission and goals to provide an exciting, balanced academic program allowing them to develop their talents and abilities so they are prepared for future academic success.”

About Pala Band of Mission Indians

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The majority of the over 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people – Pala.