Tulsans Are Stepping Up To Help School Kids

One of the keys to improving our troubled Oklahoma schools, is to get the whole community involved.Fortunately, as kids head back to school a lot of groups are helping out.For example the Restore Hope Ministry and the Tulsa Teacher's Credit Union are teaming up with Tulsa's Channel-8.We're making sure the kids have all the supplies they need.The boxes are packing and ready to go for hundreds of kids..This grass-roots effort to give them a good start on the school year, goes back to a woman who made a single donation 25 years ago.Restore Hope Executive Director Jeff Jaynes says she walked in and gave the ministry a $300 check.She did it because she went to school without supplies as a kid, and didn't want anyone else to feel that same way.The goal is to help 2500 kids be properly set up for the 1st day of classes.The donations of school supplies can really save these families a lot money.The list for a pre-K student costs $45 at the store.The folks at the TTCU say their organization started to serve teachers.So helping students is a natural transition.

Their Marketing Director, Donita Quesnel, says it gives them a good feeling."It absolutely bring tears to my eyes when I realize the generosity of our members."While the campaign has been a little tougher to complete this year, the need is going to be met.The collection boxes will be at TTCU locations until the end of the month.