Education

JOM committees set school supply distribution dates

With summer vacation slowly dwindling away, several area Johnson-O’Malley parent committees have set school supply distribution dates for the upcoming academic year. 

When picking up school supplies, parents are asked to bring verification of both their child’s tribal citizenship and school enrollment. In order to be eligible for Johnson O’Malley services, a student must be either a citizen of a federally recognized tribe or have a blood quantum of one-fourth or more.

School supplies will be available for Hominy students Aug. 2 from 5-8 p.m. in the Hominy Indian Village’s community building.

Skiatook JOM volunteers will hand out supplies Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Newman Middle School.

Osage Hills’ distribution is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Aug. 7 at the school.

Barnsdall JOM students can pick up their supplies Aug. 8 at the school.

Distribution dates are still pending for Woodland, Wynona, Prue, Bowring, McCord and Shidler. Anderson families are asked to contact the school, while supplies will be waiting for Pawhuska students in the classrooms on the first day of school.  

The Johnson O’Malley programs for two large districts straddling the Osage Nation’s boundaries have also set their school supply distribution dates as well.

Tulsa Public Schools will have school supplies available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Aug. 6-8 at the district’s enrollment center, located at 2819 S. New Haven Ave.

JOM students enrolled with Sand Springs Public Schools can pick up school supplies from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 13 or 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 14 at 114 W. 4th St. However, in order for families to get supplies, they must complete a needs assessment of district’s JOM program first.

Bartlesville Public Schools, which partners with the Cherokee Nation’s JOM program, has not announced a distribution date or site yet.

For more information on school supplies and JOM distribution dates, please contact the Avis Ballard at (918) 287-5545 or aballard@osagenation-nsn.gov