Barona Band Of Mission Indians Awards MAAC Community Charter School A $5,000 Grant To Upgrade Science Resources

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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2017 — The Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded students and teachers at MAAC Community Charter School, located in Chula Vista, a $5,000 Barona Education Grant to purchase to new science materials. The school is part of the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty (MAAC) that was established by leaders of San Diego's Mexican American community. The school was founded in 2001 in response to the increasing need for a supportive, alternative learning environment to help struggling students gain self-confidence, embrace learning and earn a high school diploma.

Barona Band Of Mission Indians Awards MAAC Community Charter School A $5,000 Grant To Upgrade Science Resources

“I am extremely proud of the students and staff of MAAC Community Charter School, who demonstrate every day the power of education and its role in breaking the cycle of poverty,” said State Senator Ben Hueso. “This generous grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians will help the school enhance its science program by providing supplies and materials that promote academic excellence.”

Barona Tribal Chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero presented the $5,000 check to Principal Tommy Ramirez and students.

“Our Tribe is proud to provide the funds to ensure that the more than 300 students at MAAC Community Charter School have access to the latest science-focused learning resources available,” said Chairman Romero. “The study of science opens up young minds to a world of exploration, discovery and invention. We hope these materials inspire this next generation of critical thinkers.”

Teachers will use the grant money to buy 35 Core Connections Integrated 1 Books, 35 Core Connections Integrated 2 Books, 1 Teacher Bundle for Level 1, Teacher Bundle for Level 2 and 1 3B Human Brain Model

Since the Barona Education Grant program was launched in 2006, Barona has awarded over $3.2 million to California schools statewide. The program has equipped 641 schools with hundreds of computers, thousands of books, iPads, computer software programs and various other technologies and school supplies. 

The Barona Education Grant program is the first of its kind in California created and administered by a Tribal Government. The goal of the program is to create strong educational opportunities for the children of California building upon the success of the Barona Indian Charter School, which operates under a continuous improvement model. Schools throughout California can apply for educational grants from Barona to purchase much-needed supplies and materials that promote academic improvement. Each grant awarded by the Barona Education Grant Program is $5,000. Applications can be downloaded at

About the Barona Band of Mission Indians
The Barona Band of Mission Indians, recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, has lived on the Barona Indian Reservation in rural eastern San Diego County since 1932.  Prior to that, the Tribe lived on the Capitan Grande Reservation, which was established by the federal government in 1875. Long before living on a reservation, the Tribe traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. Today, the sovereign nation, governed by an elected Tribal Council, is serving its Tribal members, their families, and sharing with the San Diego region. One of the most successful gaming Tribes in the country, Barona also owns and operates the Barona Resort & Casino, San Diego's leading gaming resort, casino and golf course. For more information, visit


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