The Osage Nation Johnson O’Malley program distributed school supplies to over 700 Native American students enrolled at schools within Osage reservation. The largest events were held at Hominy, Pawhuska, Skiatook and Fairfax with food, fun and entertainment included with the supplies. These activities are organized and hosted by the parent committees at each school.
The Skiatook JOM committee hosted their event at the city pool and gave away back packs and door prizes along with school supplies for over 150 students. The JOM pool party got cut short when a thunderstorm moved into the area and forced the pool to close early. However, the event was a success for the many students that walked away with their new Skiatook JOM backpack and supplies.
The Hominy JOM committee also held their event at the city pool during a sunny evening with a temperature of over 100 degrees. The hot August weather prompted many families to enjoy the free night swim sponsored by the JOM program. This is the second year for the Hominy JOM parents to host a pool/pizza party for their students.
The Woodland JOM program (Fairfax) gave out school supplies at the elementary and later hosted a pool party for their students. The Pawhuska JOM parents gave out supplies to over 200 students during their event at the Wakon Iron Hall. Several new students were added to these programs and can now receive the many benefits from JOM.
The JOM parent committees work hard to ensure their students are prepared to return to school. They wanted to incorporate fun activities with their necessary school supply distribution for the students and their families to enjoy. The ON JOM program is for Native American students enrolled at schools within Osage county that include: Anderson, Barnsdall, Bowring, Hominy, McCord, Osage Hills, Pawhuska, Prue, Shidler, Skiatook, Woodland and Wynona. The student must have a CDIB or tribal membership card from a federally recognized tribe.
The JOM committees cannot accept a parent’s CDIB card. They can accept a letter from the student’s tribe stating their tribal enrollment application is in process. Please call Avis Ballard at 918-287-5545 for more information about this program.