In April of 2013 Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program applied for Nez Perce Tribal Local Education Funding to support relocating the Head Start classroom in Orofino from a rented space a distance from the school, to the grounds of the elementary school. We were notified in late July of our grant award of $10,000. This large donatioon literally set the campaign in motion. Service groups, individuals and an amazing team of fund raisers from Orofino’s education-friendly community raised another $25,000 toward the project. We are now on target to open the new facility in September of 2014.
In 2013, the tribe awarded nearly $342,000 in grants to numerous schools and education programs on and off the reservation, including $10,000 for Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program who had applied the first time. We learned of the tribe’s dedication to serving youth both on and off the reservantion as we celebrated being 1 of 40 grant receipients across five counties, Idaho, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Latah and Lewis. Executive committe member Daniel Kane, said education is the key to overcoming hardships facing too many children on the reservation and beyond. Reaching out with significant dollars for high impact programs like Head Start, is an expression of the tribes dedication to making a difference in the lives of young people both on and off the reservation.
To learn more about the history and traditions of the Nez Perce Tribe, please visit the tribal website by visiting their website: http://www.nezperce.org/.A student helps Cadez attach the teepee’s door.