In a time of tightening budgets for publicly funded programs and departments, communities across the state are looking for ways to cut spending while still providing services to their citizens.
In a time of tightening budgets for publicly funded programs and departments, communities across the state are looking for ways to cut spending while still providing services to their citizens. Knowing of this need and having a surplus of refurbished computers, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation donated 42 computers and laptops to Bethel Public Schools, Tecumseh Public Schools and the Tecumseh Police Department.
CPN Director of IT, Dennis Dyer, spearheaded the effort to get the refurbished computers and laptops to local programs, which would put them to immediate use.
“We used to recycle the old computers from all of our different departments at CPN,” said Dyer. “I knew someone from the local community could use these refurbished models, so when we learned of the need in the schools and with Tecumseh’s police department, we were happy to donate them.”
J.R. Kidney, Assistant Police Chief of the Tecumseh Police Department, spoke of his organization’s immediate need for the donation, which was handed over to department staff member Jesse McCord.
“We use a video computer system on our vehicles linked with the computers back at the department. The old ones couldn’t really handle the amount of data going through,” said Kidney. “With these new computers, that should not be a problem. We are so thankful for the continued support of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and grateful for the Tribe donating the computers.”
Accepting the donations for Bethel Public Schools was Jenny Affentranger, while David Cox, Tara Palomares-Kinkade and Superintendent Tom Wilsie accepted the computers on behalf of Tecumseh Public Schools.
With a $522.3 million economic impact in 2012 and more than 2,200 employees, the Tribe is the economic engine in its 900-square mile jurisdiction in Pottawatomie, Oklahoma and Cleveland counties. In 2012 CPN donated $203,495 to Oklahoma Schools, made $1.8 million in contributions to local charitable organizations and made $21.3 million in tax payments and payments in lieu of taxes.