Area businesses collect supplies for needy students

In the Business Q&A, Michael Morrison, Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools board member, tells of a drive to collect supplies for needy students.
by Paula Burkes Published: September 21, 2012

Q&A with Michael Morrison

School supply drive is under way

Q: For the third year, you are leading a communitywide school supply drive for students in Oklahoma City Public Schools. What are the details?

A: The Team Up OKC drive is under way now. Through Sept. 28, school supply donations can be dropped off at local American Cleaners, Bank of Oklahoma and Panera Bread locations. Last year, we collected supplies worth more than $80,000.

Q: How do the supplies get to students?

A: All of the donations will be delivered to The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. The organization has a program called Teachers Warehouse, which allows teachers within the school district to use an online store to order the supplies their students need. They can order on a monthly basis.

Q: Why should people get involved?

A: My son attends Oklahoma City Public Schools, and I'm fortunate to be able to provide him with the supplies he needs. Not all families are so fortunate. Ninety percent of the 43,000 children in the school district live at or near the poverty line. All of these children deserve the chance to have an education that will help them break the cycle of poverty, but they need the same basic tools other kids have. It's important to me as a parent, as a member of this community and as a business owner that we work together to equip the children of our city for success.

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by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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