Mayor G.T. Bynum and District 5 City Councilor Karen Gilbert announced today the start of “Tools for Schools,” a supply drive for teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. A news conference was held at Fire Station 4, to show Tulsa Fire Department support for this effort. All Tulsa Fire stations will be the collection points for Tulsans to bring supplies for teachers from Aug. 1-11.
“With school starting soon, this is a great opportunity for our city to support education in Tulsa and the teachers who make it happen,” Mayor Bynum said. “We all can help to provide our teachers with what they need by bringing supplies to the fire stations near our neighborhoods.”
The supplies that Tulsa teachers need most are dry erase markers, copy paper, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, and spiral notebooks (one subject, regular ruled).
“All of us across the city can team up and show our Tulsa teachers that we support them,” Councilor Gilbert said. “We want them to have a successful school year.”
After the supplies are collected, Tulsa firefighters will bring them to a Tulsa Public Schools facility, where volunteers from the Tulsa Council of PTAs will sort the supplies so they will be ready for distribution to teachers.
"It's exciting to have this opportunity for everyone in our community to help prepare for a great start to the new school year!” said Deborah A. Gist, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. “Tulsa is a city that deeply values its educators, and Tulsans continue to be so generous with their time, energy, and resources - I know that Tools for Schools will be a phenomenal success."