Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation has been out and about procuring funds for teacher grants since before school began. TPSF board member Carrie Scearce said, “It’s great to be surrounded by so many people passionate about our children’s education. It’s even better knowing we are doing something to help improve it.”
TPSF cheered on the Tahlequah Tigers at a Homecoming photo booth courtesy of TRA Photography. Northeastern State University’s men’s soccer team hosted a TPSF night where elementary schools competed to raise the most money for the foundation at the conference opener. NSU players and Rowdy the Riverhawk greeted the Heritage students in the car line and at an assembly as a reward for winning the contest.
Glow Golf 2015 was another success. “It gets better every year!” claimed event co-chair Breanna Batey. “We had great support from donors and teams, but the community jumped in as volunteers, too. NSU men’s golf team volunteered as caddies, NSU’s Tri Sig sorority helped set up, the S-Club girls made signs and carved pumpkins, and the Medevac helicopter crew offered a foliage tour and donated funds to the foundation.”
Other foundations have also recognized TPSF. The local organization received an award for Outstanding Program at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and led a session at the University of Oklahoma.
The honor was nice, but they went to learn. TPSF board member Ashley Taulbert said, “I was amazed to meet so many wonderful foundations and non-profits working for our children in this great state. But to find out that 80% of funding for these groups is made possible by people in Oklahoma was impressive. Not corporations and businesses, but individuals who are responsible for not only hoping that our children succeed but making it happen.”
TPSF knows individuals make a difference in the classroom every day. They hope citizens know they can make a difference with a donation. “Reasors and American Fidelity partnered with us this year, and we continue to have generous support from our community’s businesses, but the donations are down about $15,000 compared to this time last year,” President Barbara Fuller said. “We need private citizens to remember us in their giving.”
“Individuals matter,” TPSF board member Brandi Barnett said. “We’re doing a better job of tracking donors to properly thank them and let them know how much we appreciate their generosity. We are also striving to show on our blog and Facebook pages the difference those donations make in children’s lives. Even small donations can create big changes.”
Teacher grants are due December 18. The Prize Patrol will announce recipients January 15, 2016. Please help TPSF give teachers what they know the kids need.
Donate today. Learn more by going to www.tahlequahpublicschoolsfoundation.org or Facebook. Donate online or mail donations to TPSF, 1 Plaza South, PMB #276, Tahlequah, OK 74464. You can also select TPSF as your charity on smiles.amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated.