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Community Students Receive School Supplies

Community students and their families gather at the SRPMIC School and Community Relations Building to receive brand new school bags filled with school supplies and essentials.

On August 3, the Back-to-School Bash provided Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community children in grades K-12 with school supplies. The line of people waiting extended out the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community School and Community Relations Building, near the intersection of Longmore and McDowell roads.

Using Johnson-O’Malley funds from the Bureau of Indian Education, the SRPMIC School and Community Relations Department put together 300 backpacks filled with school supplies needed for students to be academically successful this school year. This is the second year that the department has hosted the Back-to-School Bash.

“This Back-to-School Bash is a huge event for the Community; it’s a huge support system. It’s another way for the Community to know that the Education Department does provide services to them,” said Jackie Provencio, MSC, behavioral health counselor with the department. “We’ve been here for more than 10 years, and very few people know about us and the services we offer. Students can get counseling, and we have attendance officers that really help with keeping the kids in schools, planning interventions, reaching out to the schools and more. I think that’s huge.”

Eligible students and their families stood in line patiently to receive a backpack. High school students received a goodie bag filled with binders, paper, folders, composition books, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, erasers, index cards and more.

Community members wait patiently outside the SRPMIC School and Community Relations Building.
“This is our second year hosting the Back-to-School Bash, and it’s been a huge success. We’ve had school supplies throughout the year that people used to trickle in and get, but this event brings so many people together at one time,” said Cathy Mangles, LMSW, LASAC, Education behavioral health counselor.

The SRPMIC School and Community Relations Department provides various services to Community students and families, including individual counseling, academic counseling and family truancy counseling. They also assist with motivation and study skills, appropriate school placement, conflict resolutions, special-education meetings, social skills and self-esteem issues, and more. The department also offers incentives for students who earn perfect attendance and academic honors.

For more information about the services offered by the SRPMIC School and Community Relations Department, call (480) 362-2534.