Following the May tornadoes, many people opened their hearts locally and across the country. They donated their time and financial resources to help those affected by the tornadoes get back on their feet.
In a small town, about an hour and a half away from the tornadoes, graduating 8th graders with Arapaho-Butler School decided they needed to help their fellow Oklahomans after seeing what the tornadoes left behind.
A group of 10 students decided to hold a lock-in fundraiser at the Acme Brick Park to benefit tornado relief effort for the American Red Cross. Students raised the money in a couple of creative ways. Many are basketball players, so those wishing to donate would sponsor a student who then started to shoot free throws. Donates were based on shots made. Another option was based on each mile walked or ran on the inside track. Donors could also simply just make a flat donation.
In all, these students raised nearly $18,700 dollars! This donation will be used by the Red Cross as it continues to help communities in Oklahoma recovery from the storms.
The Red Cross is working with its partner agencies on casework and long-term projects to help rebuild and create more resilient communities.
To these great soon-to-be 9th graders, the Red Cross offers its sincerest thanks. Go Indians!
Students who participated: