Positive Tomorrows is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) and its Opportunities for Children iFund grant program. This grant will support Positive Tomorrows’ new pre-k classroom, which increased the school’s capacity by 10 students.
“We are excited that we’ve not only increased our capacity by10 students, but also that we’ve added pre-k classroom for the first time at Positive Tomorrows,” said Susan Agel, President and Principal at Positive Tomorrows. “In general, pre-k students are expelled from school more than three times that of their K-12 peers. Often it’s for issues like potty training and temper tantrums – issues homeless students experience at high rates. We’re thrilled that OCCF is supporting this classroom, so that our little ones can get a jump start on a quality education.”
Positive Tomorrows is a private, tuition-free elementary school specifically serving Oklahoma City’s homeless children. Students receive access to basic necessities like food, clothing and hygiene items. Each classroom is capped at 16 students and is led by a state-certified teacher and aide. A trauma-informed educational approach, on-site counselors, and case managers help students and families overcome the barriers to learning that homelessness creates. Currently, the school can serve 74 students at a time, ranging from pre-k to fifth grade.
OCCF works with donors and organizations to create charitable funds that address needs and opportunities within our community. The Opportunities for Children iFund grant represents a compilation of gifts made by donors who want to support grants to provide access to mainstream opportunities in spite of physical, mental or economic circumstances for children from birth to age 14. Two additional iFund grant programs provide support for organizations providing Access to Health Care and Services for the Elderly. For more information, please visit www.ifundokc.org
Positive Tomorrows Board President Todd Lechtenberger, OCCF Executive Director Nancy Anthony, Positive Tomorrows President Susan Agel, and Positive Tomorrows Pre-K Teacher Shelby Duce smile with Pre-K students in their new classroom.