Student and teacher suspension support funds kick off with $20,000 challenge grant

posted Mar 19, 2018, 5:55 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Mar 21, 2018, 7:38 AM ]
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March 17, 2018 Press Release from Public Education Advocates for Kids


A group of Bartlesville education advocates has stepped forward with dollar-for-dollar challenge grants totaling more than $20,000 to help support childcare needs and teacher actions should Bartlesville school shut down on April 2.

The challenge means every dollar contributed by citizens to support children’s and teachers’ needs during the possible school suspension will be matched by contributors who have already pledged their support, with the goal of raising at least a total of $40,000.

“We are incredibly grateful for these early contributors, who in the space of 24 hours have come forward to support our kids and our teachers,” said Dan Droege, a member of the Community-Wide Steering Committee that is coordinating local resources in the event of a school shutdown.

“These advocates for public education have challenged us all to do our part to help make sure every child has a safe place and meals to eat while schools are closed and that our teachers have the financial support to stand up for our students locally and at the state capitol,” he said.

Contributors will have every dollar matched by donating to one of two funds or splitting their support between both funds:

Education Support Fund – Contributions through this fund, based at the Bartlesville Community Foundation (BCF), will go toward supporting community resources such as the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and other organizations that are taking on extra trained staff and additional costs in order provide full-day youth supervision and meals in the event of a school shutdown. Donations also will support tutoring for BHS students preparing for key tests next month.

Teacher Support Fund – Contributions through this fund, overseen by the Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK), will go toward defraying the cost of transportation for teachers to events in Oklahoma City during the suspension period, for local rallies and for banners, signs and educational materials.

Donations can be made online to both funds, with contributions to the Education Support Fund being tax deductible. 

Online contributions to help with child needs can be made at the BCF websitebartlesvillecf.org, by clicking on Donate and selecting Education Support Fund or via this direct link.  

Written check donations for children’s needs should be made out to the Bartlesville Community Foundation with the notation: “Education Support Fund” and mailed to BCF, 208 E. Fourth St., Bartlesville, OK, 74003. 

Starting sometime on March 19, online donations to support teachers can be made through the homepage of the PEAK website, PEAKOK.org, by clicking on Teacher Support Fund. Contributions to support teachers are not tax-deductible.

Check donations to support teacher needs should be made out to "PEAK-Teacher Support" and sent to PEAK, attention George Halkiades, treasurer, 1211 SE Guinn Ln, BartlesvilleOK, 74006.

“Make no mistake about – Oklahoma is moving rapidly toward a pivotal moment in public education, and the whole country is watching,” said Droege. “Bartlesville has taken the lead in pressuring the state legislature to act. We must make sure we are ready with enough resources locally to support what needs to be done.”

The allocation of money from both funds will be handled through an application process managed by the finance subcommittee of the Bartlesville Community-Wide Steering Committee.

The steering committee is the official coordinating network of school administrators, teachers, PTOs, churches, nonprofits and other organizations and resources that has been convened to assist parents and teachers in the event of a school suspension.

If the suspension and walkout don’t occur, the remainder of both funds will be contributed to the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, which since 1985 has provided grants to outstanding teachers and innovative programs in local schools.

HOW TO DONATE

and have your contribution matched, dollar-for-dollar

EDUCATION SUPPORT FUND for child needs

Online contributions to help with child needs can be made at the BCF websitebartlesvillecf.org, by clicking on Donate and selecting Education Support Fund or via this direct link.  

Written check donations for children’s needs should be made out to the Bartlesville Community Foundation with the notation: “Education Support Fund” and mailed to BCF, 208 E. Fourth St., Bartlesville, OK, 74003. 

Contributions through this fund, based at the Bartlesville Community Foundation (BCF), will go toward supporting community resources such as the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and other organizations that are taking on extra trained staff and additional costs in order provide full-day youth supervision and meals in the event of a school shutdown. Donations also will support tutoring for BHS students preparing for key tests next month.


TEACHER SUPPORT FUND for teacher needs

Starting sometime on March 19, online donations to support teachers can be made through the homepage of the PEAK website, PEAKOK.org, by clicking on Teacher Support Fund. Contributions to support teachers are not tax-deductible.

Check donations to support teacher needs should be made out to "PEAK-Teacher Support" and sent to PEAK, attention George Halkiades, treasurer, 1211 SE Guinn Ln, BartlesvilleOK, 74006.

Contributions through this fund, overseen by the Public Education Advocates for Kids (PEAK), will go toward defraying the cost of transportation for teachers to events in Oklahoma City during the suspension period, for local rallies and for banners, signs and educational materials.


  • The allocation of money from both funds will be handled through an application process managed by the finance subcommittee of the Bartlesville Community-Wide Steering Committee.
  • If the suspension and walkout don’t occur, the remainder of both funds will be contributed to the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, which since 1985 has provided grants to outstanding teachers and innovative programs in local schools, and Bartlesville Education Promise, which focuses on improving educational outcomes for all students.