June 29, 2015 06:18 AM
It seems pretty early in the summer to be thinking about school supplies, but Oklahoma City Schools start back in just over a month! Each year, we host a school supply drive to help ensure students at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary, have what they need to begin the school year. Colleagues donate paper, pencils, folders, glue, crayons and more to the cause. Our annual drive wrapped up Friday. Colleagues contributed more than $1,300 plus about three large boxes of supplies. In addition to the school supply drive, we support Buchanan in a variety of other ways. About 40 Colleagues go to Buchanan once a week during the school year to tutor a student. I was able to work with the same student for three years! He graduated last year, so I’m looking forward to meeting a new student this year. In the past, we have helped pay for new playground equipment, purchased spelling workbooks and supplied buses for a field trip. Some Colleagues have thrown class parties to celebrate their students’ birthdays or provided money for classroom projects. Our partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder also has benefited Buchanan. Earlier this year, the school hosted the 100,000th book celebration with the Rolling Thunder book bus. Our relationship with Buchanan Elementary dates back to the 2006-07 school year, and we hope it continues for many years to come!