PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, September 22, 2017


As part of its philanthropic “Technology in Schools Program,” the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians donated $6,500 to Santa Barbara Community Academy on Friday to help fund a digital reading program for its students.
The funding will allow SBCA, of the Santa Barbara Unified School District, to purchase the Lexia Core 5 Reading Program for use by its 200 kindergarten through second-grade students. SBCA Principal Alicia Saballa-Santana and second-grade teacher Tamara Venzor-Montag applied for the funding through the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ special grant program, which is aimed at helping fulfill high-tech needs in Santa Barbra County classrooms.
“Our Technology in Schools Program is intended to support the educational success of students in our community, and our board saw Santa Barbara Community Academy’s efforts to build on the success it has experienced with the Lexia digital program as a worthy cause,” said Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
During a pilot program that covered a 10-week period earlier this year, SBCA teachers reported that the Lexia Core 5 program allowed them to shape instruction to individual student’s needs, and students were engaged and excited to be using the digital platform. Venzor-Montag noted that the program gives students the opportunity to work independently and at their own level, which generates pride and allows the students to take ownership of their learning.
“We appreciate the community partnership of the Santa Ynez Chumash Indian Foundation and what their generous gift will allow us to implement,” Venzor-Montag said. “This grant gives our school a great opportunity to initiate the benefit of using a blended learning program that will begin in kindergarten and will continue to grow through the succeeding grades.”
During the check presentation in the school’s auditorium, SBCA’s students gave a warm welcome to Veronica Sandoval, the Administrator of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Foundation, as she presented Saballa-Santana and Venzor-Montag with the donation.
“You are our future leaders, tomorrow’s scientists and the next generation of innovators,” Sandoval said. “We are pleased to support you in your educational successes because tomorrow your contributions will impact the world. You, the students of SB Community Academy, have a long list of people who support your growth in education, including the Chumash tribe.”
The tribe will be announcing more Technology in Schools Program grants in the coming weeks.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has donated more than $20 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


Veronica Sandoval
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