By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – A $2,500 donation from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in northern Idaho has been given to the West Side School District to upgrade computers and curriculum programming.
It is hoped students will be helped with reading, math, and research.
“The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has always valued education, which is why we have invested so heavily in educating our students. We recognize that education and the success of Idaho’s students is key to ensuring the continued success of our state.
“It is our hope that this donation will strengthen and enrich the learning experience of the students in the West Side School District,” Chairman Chief Allan said of the donation,
As part of their 1992 gaming compact with the State of Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe insisted on returning 5 percent of its net gaming revenues to education. Since then, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has donated more than $17 million and counting to education, including the donation to West Side School District.
“This contribution illustrates the Tribe’s ongoing support for teachers, students, and education across the state and we are very grateful for this generous and unexpected gift,” said West Side Superintendent Melvin Beutler.
Rep. Marc Gibbs, of Grace, informed Beutler about the possibility of the donation.
“The District followed through with the application process, so the monies didn’t come as a complete surprise, just a very pleasant one,” said Beutler.
The monies from the Tribe will be coupled with other funding the district has received and is being used to purchase up to 64 touch-screen laptops for the middle school and Harold B. Lee Elementary, the superintendent continued.
“We want at least one classroom set in the middle and elementary schools at this point. We want to get Ipad or similar technology to all our students as funding becomes available.
“The new technology helps in the learning process. It gives students immediate feedback in various subject areas and tells them if they are doing things right or wrong.
“We very pleased with this funding and the generous support of education from the Tribe.”
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