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Parents start food drive to support students in need during teacher walkout

Edison PTSA parents are in the beginning stages of planning a food drive for students pending the potential teacher walk out. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Edison PTSA parents are in the beginning stages of planning a food drive for students pending the potential teacher walk out.

Shawna Gehres said they will not let students starve even though she supports the teachers.

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“That’s one of the things people don’t realize is how many services schools do provide to students," Gehres said. “Schools are teaching students but they are also feeding them and providing them safe places and councilors. We hope this strike will highlight the importance of public schools in our society.”

They are collecting healthy, non-perishable food items.

“It’s really important that students eat,” Gehres said. “Food insecurity is a big issue in Oklahoma, and it’s a big issue in Tulsa.”

They still are trying to figure out how they will distribute the food to the kids. They are working with local churches, the food bank and other schools who may want to get involved.

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Susan Griffin’s Service Learning Class at Edison is also helping collect food.

“In April, we had scheduled to do a weeklong series of different service projects, a different one each day, and so one of the things they came up with was to do a cereal drive and that’s one of the items on the list so it ties in perfect,” Griffin said.

Gehres said if the teachers do not end up striking, they will donate the food to the food bank so it won't be wasted.

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