Wednesday December 2, 2020
10,000 OKCPS Students Have Coats, School Supplies Thanks to Foundation Donors
More than 10,000 Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) students have warm winter coats and the school supplies they need to succeed thanks to Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) donors.
Through the Foundation’s Kit-a-Kid program, donors help schools purchase supplies for their students. A donation of as little as $30 provides a kit packed with nearly $100 in supplies, including pencils, construction paper, markers, glue sticks, notebooks and more.
Nearly $138,000 has been raised for the Kit-A-Kid program this year. The funds helped purchase over 4,700 kits to support 21 schools. There were hundreds of donors at all levels. Major donors include:
- McLaughlin Family Foundation
- Pepper DeVaughn
- Northrop Grumman
- Diamondback Energy
- Subha Varhan
- Ascent Resources
- Bank of America
- McIntyre Law
- Talking Rain (Capital Distributing)
- Warhawk Legal
“Schools are the bedrock of our community,” said Travis Stice, CEO of Diamondback Energy, which donated $10,000 to Kit-a-Kid. “During these unprecedented times, we are honored to support this critical effort in Oklahoma City Public Schools.”
The Coat-a-Kid program, which provides winter coats to children in need, generated over $132,000 in donations this year. The funds helped purchase more than 6,000 coats for students at 45 schools. Major donors include:
- Lemon Family Foundation
- Rainbolt Family Foundation
“As we celebrate the success of the Foundation’s Kit-a-Kid and Coat-a-Kid fundraising campaigns, we’re especially thankful to our many donors across Oklahoma who are helping create lasting change in our schools,” said Mary Mélon, Foundation president and CEO. “Their generosity is especially appreciated during the current economic downturn. Our students are better equipped to learn thanks to them, and every donation, small or large, is greatly appreciated.”
While Kit-a-Kid and Coat-a-Kid needs are met for 2020, schools are still in need of community support. Visit Partners in Action to view projects listed by OKCPS principals which require additional financial assistance.