On one of the last warm days in Orofino, the new, Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Head Start Center (LCECP) embraced the donors and citizens who brought the relocation project to fruition. In the picture below Executive Director, Alice Weaver, speaks to our honored guest, Sam Penney, of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee. The Nez Perce Tribe awarded $20,000 to the project through their Local Education Funding disbursement.
Sam Penney is former chairman and member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee (NPTEC). He was first elected to NPTEC in 1989 and served through May 2010. Sam served thirteen years as Chairman of NPTEC and four years as Vice-Chairman and held numerous assignments during his years on NPTEC. He has extensive knowledge and experience about the federal legislative process. Penney has provided testimony before U.S. Congress and worked with members of Congress in advocating on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe regarding federal legislation and the protection of Nez Perce treaty reserved rights. Sam also has knowledge on how the judicial branch (federal courts) and executive branch (President and Administration) of the federal government operates. Read more…
On October 21, the Lewiston Tribune celebrated the opening of the LCECP Head Start Center on the front page. Reporter Chelsea Embree visited Orofino to get some very nice pictures of the classroom in action. The Tribune has invited us to share that file with you. Simply follow the link: LCECP Orofino Center LMT 10-21-14
A touching tribute to the many people who contributed to the relocation project greets visitors to the center as they enter the building. It reads Thank You: Nez Perce Tribe Local Education Program Fund, Orofino Joint School District #171, Orofino Friends of LCECP, Donors, Volunteers, Businesses and Organizations.
Pictured left, our guests gather for the presentation. The ribbon cutting ceremony follows, and then a tour of the facility.