August 14, 2013
GREASY, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Industries employees are helping students at Greasy Public Schools kick off the new school year by donating much-needed school supplies and other items during a recent visit to the school’s new elementary school building.
“We are really excited to be able to support our local students,” said CNI employee Donivan Riddle. “I knew our employees would help as much as they could, but I had no idea we could collect this much.”
Employees collected and delivered more than 400 items. Members of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America recently showed their support by donating a $300 check to accompany the items collected by CNI.
The donations came at an important time for the small Adair County school. This month marks the fourth anniversary of a devastating fire that gutted the school’s previous, 60-year-old building and left the district heavily dependent on donations and community support.
“The generosity we have experienced has been overwhelming,” said Denton Hardbarger, dean of students at Greasy Elementary School. “It is so much more than we expected. I know the kids will really appreciate it all.”
Cherokee Nation and its businesses continually support the small school, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
School officials say students and families have adjusted well since and are glad to be in a permanent building instead of the small, portable units used after the fire. However, insurance coverage only funded the actual facility, not furniture, supplies or books.
Greasy Public Schools is also accepting donations of new or used books geared toward pre-kindergarten through eighth grade to fill the empty shelves of the school’s new library.
For more information about donating to Greasy Schools, call (918) 696-7768.