OKCPS Teachers Surprised With Requested Supplies, Thanks To Donors


Tuesday, September 1st 2020, 4:27 pm
By: Caleigh Bourgeois


Oklahoma City Public Schools educators received a special surprise of digital learning supplies this week.

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools filled all 145 project requests on Donors Choose, a website where school staff can request donations for classroom materials.

“We thought if there was any time to do that it would be at the start of this very strange school year that we’re beginning right now,” Foundation President and CEO Mary Melon said.

Many district educators requested distance learning materials.

Southern Hills Elementary speech pathologist Hannah Riemschneider requested special software that helps her make virtual learning more interactive.

Teacher Tessa Turnbull requested a special cleaning kit for her classroom.

Other requests included headphones, virtual art lessons and iPads.

While the foundation works with Donors Choose often, this is the first time its flash funded all the district requests at one time.

According to Melon, the donation total was worth $81,431.

“To all of our teachers out there, be sure you are posting projects on donors choose because you never know when something really great will happen,” Melon said.