Northern Arizona University creates fund to fill school supply shortage in Native American communities
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is reaching out to the public to raise funds to help equip Native-serving classrooms in need of supplies due to financial challenges presented by the pandemic.
The Native-Serving Educators Teacher Supply Fund launched by the Office of Native American Initiatives at Northern Arizona University will help to ensure quality educational experiences for Native students. The funds will provide classroom support for remote teaching through Northern Arizona University’s partnership with the Teacher Fellows in The Institute for Native-Serving Educators, a program aimed at strengthening teaching in K-12 schools serving Indigenous students.
Thirty teachers will receive $200 for supplies when the fund reaches its $6,000 goal.
“Communities on the Navajo Nation have been hit harder by the pandemic per capita than any state in the U.S.,” says Chad Hamill, vice president of the Office of Native American Initiatives at Northern Arizona University. “The ingenuity and dedication shown by teachers during this time is a testament to their fortitude and resilience, qualities cultivated through the generations by Navajo communities in times of conflict and stress. We are continually humbled by their ironclad commitment to the Institute and the students.”