Tribe gives to Bonsall schools

San Diego Union Tribune 10.23.12

BONSALL — The Pala Band of Mission Indians presented a $140,000 donation to the Bonsall Union School District earlier this month.

The donation will be used to help with transportation costs and support programs for the 2012-13 school year at Vivian Banks Charter School on the Pala reservation.

“Budgets cuts continue to be a reality for many organizations, but education needs to be a priority,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “This contribution will help ensure access to a high-quality education for our region’s future leaders.”

The Pala tribe has donated more than $500,000 over the past four years to the Bonsall district.

This year’s Academic Performance Index shows that Vivian Banks Charter School has experienced academic achievement growth up 63 points to 831.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe, with a reservation north of Escondido off Highway 76. Most of the more than 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation.

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