Cherokee Nation tribal council member Keith Austin presented a $1,500 check to the Foyil Community Center on Tuesday afternoon to help support the center's outreach efforts in 2016.

The check will help us pay rent for a year and allow us to hire a cleaning staff,? said Frankie Long, treasurer of the Foyil organization.

The community center hosts several fundraising events throughout the year to help fund a mentoring program and a summer reading program. The donation will allow the fundraising events support the programs rather than fund the building.

During the school year, National Honor Society members from Foyil High School mentor younger students. The students who are consistent throughout the school year receive $100 and a certificate for their efforts at the year-end award ceremony.

The award really encourages the students to make mentoring a priority and to give them positive recognition for their work, Long said.

During the summer, the Foyil Community Center will be hosting a reading program, which will begin the first Monday in June and continue until the week before the 2016-2017 school year begins. Students who participate will receive personal reading tutoring, along with an hour of arts and crafts.

Upcoming fundraisers and events at the community center include a Valentine?s Day party on Feb. 13, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., and Community Bingo every third Friday of the month. Bingo is free. Concessions support the community center and donations are accepted.



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