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Tulalip Tribes donate to local charities

SMOKEY POINT Charitable organizations in Arlington and Marysville were among the more than 250 groups to whom the Tulalip Tribes donated a record total of $2.67 million over the course of the past year.
During the last 15 years, the Tulalip Tribes have given more than $25.89 million to charitable organizations in the Northwest Washington region. The Tribes announced this years grand total Aug. 24, in the Tulalip Amphitheatre at their 15th annual Charitable and Community Giving Reception.
We are honored to share our success and give back to the community every year, said Tribal Chairman Mel Sheldon. This year, funding will continue to help our schools, public safety and hard-working non-profits do their good work.
Grants ranging from $500-$100,000 were awarded at the reception to a range of local groups, schools and fire and police departments. The Marysville branch of the YMCA received $100,000 for the fifth consecutive year. Various police and fire departments will use thousands of dollars to buy equipment and training materials, and fund personnel.
The Marysville School District also received nearly $100,000 for a number of their projects, including science field trips, education programs and libraries. The Tulalip Elementary School will receive nearly $70,000 to provide classroom libraries in student classrooms.
Those funds will help create a supportive learning environment in connection with the districts literacy initiative, said Marysville School District Assistant Superintendent Gail Miller. Staff and students alike at Tulalip are very excited about their new resources for reading and learning.
The Washington State Patrol received $75,000 from the Tulalip Tribes this year. According to Lt. Bob Wright, their funds will help purchase moving speed monitoring devices and in-car digital cameras, which will allow officers to be more proactive, as well as enhance officer safety, accountability and efficiency.
The generosity of the Tribes has allowed us to make the roadways safer, Wright said.
Arlington American Legion Post 76 received $5,000 to remodel their facilities, to make them more handicapped-accessible, while another $5,000 went to help renovate the Jones Creek Learning Center, which is used by every fifth-grade classroom in the Marysville School District, for a field trip as part of a required environmental science unit.
Among the other 2007 donations were $5,000 to offer counseling for children at the Burned Children Recovery Foundation in Everett, $7,000 to help replace fixtures and furniture used by toddlers with disabilities at Sherwood Community Services, and $10,000 to provide emergency school supplies to the new Totem Middle School, serving low-income students.

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