PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, October 16, 2015

Chumash present Los Olivos School Board with $28,000 in high-tech devices

SANTA YNEZ, CA — October 16, 2015 — The Los Olivos School District’s monthly board meeting began on Tuesday with leaders from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians wheeling in carts filled with new laptops and iPads – elements of a technology grant that was donated by the tribe.

The donation consisted of a cart of 40 Chromebooks, a cart of 20 Apple iPads and one MacBook Pro, which was all made possible by funds raised at this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic.

“In years past, our golf tournament has benefited organizations like People Helping People, Unity Shoppe and CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), but, this year, we had the idea to put the money toward technology grants that could help our local schools,” said Mike Lopez, member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ Business Committee. In addition to Los Olivos School District, this year’s Chumash Charity Golf Classic benefited College School District, Santa Ynez Valley Charter School and Solvang School District.

Consultants at Goleta-based tech firm Lanspeed, which was commissioned by the tribe to determine the technology needs of the four local schools, recommended that additional Apple products and the introduction of the Google Chromebooks, along with a MacBook Pro to oversee the entire system, would be best for Los Olivos School District. The value of the donation totaled more than $28,000.

“Our sixth- through eighth-grade curriculum is going mostly digital – almost everything has gone digital – and these new Chromebooks will be instrumental in implementing that new curriculum, so we’re very excited,” said Bridget Baublits, Los Olivos School District superintendent.

Lopez was joined during the presentation by fellow Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Business Committee member Maxine Littlejohn.

“We’re proud to be able to present you with these gifts,” Lopez said.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $19 million to hundreds of groups, organizations and schools in the community and across the nation as part of the tribe’s long-standing tradition of giving. To find out more about the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Foundation and its giving programs, visit


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