Officials with the Wyandotte Nation have long been supporters of education, and the tribe’s $100,000 donation to Wyandotte Public Schools is an investment in the future.
According to information released by the tribe, the donation is designed to help tribal officials strive "to build ‘community’ in the Wyandotte area, and part of that is being a good neighbor and partner with the town of Wyandotte and Wyandotte Public Schools."
The donation was made, according to the release, to help Wyandotte Public School officials "during this difficult time of budget cuts facing schools statewide.”
Officials with the Wyandotte Nation presented the donation to Wyandotte Superintendent Troy Gray on Oct. 27.
Gray said there were no stipulations placed by the tribe on the district for the use of the donations.
“We really were in dire need transportation wise, so we purchased two vans with that, which will allow us to transport our kids obviously, because ours were getting really high mileage," Gray said. "The rest will be used to enhance our kids’ education and whatever we need it for."
Gray said Wyandotte Nation officials continually help sustain and fostering educational excellence within the district.
“It’s hard for us to do the things we need to do for our kids with all the cutbacks," Gray said. "To get donations like that allows us to do things in technology, in transportation, and it kind of lets me take my funds and focus on protecting our teachers because it’s really tough right there.
"We have a really good staff, and we’re blessed there, but it's getting tough right now with all the cuts we continue to get from the state. It’s a real balancing act to keep all your classes and have quality teachers to teach them and take care of the daily needs.”
Wyandotte Public Schools' current enrollment stands at 805 students, Gray said.