The holidays arrived early for a small school district east of Oklahoma City. The American Red Cross delivered a brand new keyboard and amplifier to the Crutcho School District, continuing its promise to help schools rebuild following the May storms and tornadoes.
The school, located near the Canadian River, flooded following the May 31 storms. The school lost all of its musical instruments including the key board. A basic key board was donated to the school, but was not able to meet their needs.
“You can only do so much with the simple key board,” said show choir director Orinthal Wandick. “With this new one, we can do so much more and use it on the computer for the kids to make music.”
Wandick says the gift from the Red Cross is something he never expected. The principal, Robert Killian, echoed the sentiment.
“We’re a small school,” Killian said. “We’re extremely grateful of the Red Cross. Without them and community support, we would never be able to rebuild the classroom properly.”
Wandick wasted no time in playing some music on the new keyboard and said he is looking forward to showing it off to his students.
“The kids are going to be so excited,” he said. “After all, this is all for the kids and their education.”
Earlier this year, the Red Cross provided financial support to teachers in Moore, Mid-Del and El Reno schools to assist them with rebuilding their classrooms. The Red Cross also provided new sound equipment for a Moore junior high after their gym was destroyed on May 20.
The Red Cross continues to also provide individual and family assistance across all disaster affected areas in Oklahoma following the May storms and tornadoes. For those needing help, they should call 1-866-477-7276.