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Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians to Implement LST

The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians were awarded a more than $14.6 million Promise Neighborhood Grant on Dec. 20 to be dispersed over the span of five years from the US Department of Education to serve the Corning elementary and high school districts.

The Paskenta will reorganize their community’s elementary and high school programs to ensure all students are prepared to master grade-level content, according to a media report by the Department of Education, which awarded five other grants as part of the 2016 Promise Neighborhood competition.

The program was set up to help communities launch, scale and sustain educational supports and community-based services to meet the complex needs of children and families, according to the report. The program is meant to serve and support at-risk children in these communities.

Schools that will benefit from the grant are Olive View, Rancho Tehama and West Street elementary schools, Maywood Middle School, Corning High School and Centennial High School.

The Everett Freeman Promise Neighborhood Initiative grant will go toward six solutions, or programs, that will significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth within various schools in Corning, said Matthew Russell, grant project director.

Those programs include the Healthy Families America program for ages 0-5, a Research Based Instruction program for kindergarten through eighth grade, Navigate program for high school students, College and Career Readiness program, LifeSkills Training for sixth to twelfth grades and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for children and parents, Russell said.

The Paskenta are the only tribal group to be awarded the grant, Russell said.

The Healthy Families Program includes working with the Tehama County Health Services Agency for health education purposes, the research program will focus on improving reading, writing and math skills for elementary and middle school students, the Navigate program will aim to create a culture of college preparedness that focuses on academics and post-secondary programs, the LifeSkills Training will focus on education about substance abuse and violence prevention.

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