OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Despite massive community rebuilding efforts following the May tornado in Oklahoma, much remains to be done for local schools. To help get teachers and students of Plaza Towers Elementary School, Briarwood Elementary School and Highland East Junior High in Moore, Okla., back on their feet, GEICO is donating $12,500 to AdoptAClassroom.org in support of the organization’s efforts to restock the classrooms of nearly 130 Moore, Okla. teachers.
“As an organization, we strive to provide the support teachers needs to stock their new, temporary classrooms with critical supplies and resources,” said Bob Thacker, executive director of AdoptAClassroom.org. “We were thrilled to partner with GEICO to ensure the students and teachers of Moore, Okla. are set up for success this school year.”
Jim Whitten, a GEICO field representative based out of Midwest City, Okla., delivered the funds on behalf of GEICO at a teacher appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Emmaus Baptist Church in Moore.
The event was attended by teachers and faculty from Plaza Towers Elementary, Briarwood Elementary and Highland East Junior High as well as representatives from GEICO, AdoptAClassroom.org and other corporate sponsors. GEICO’s contribution was raised through a fundraising drive by company associates and matched by the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, the company's charitable giving foundation.
“GEICO associates throughout the country were deeply moved by the devastation in Moore, Okla.,” Witten said. “In partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, we’re thankful to have the opportunity to support local teachers and the necessities they need to give their students the best classroom experience possible during this unique school year.”
Founded in 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org is a national nonprofit that supports student success by empowering teachers with the funds they need to purchase classroom supplies. To date, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised more than $16 million to support teachers and provide learning materials for 3.6 million students and growing — a majority of which are in low-income, high-need schools. Representing 25 percent of all U.S. schools, more than 87,000 K-12 teachers have registered on the AdoptAClassroom.org website. Teachers can register their classroom on AdoptAClassroom.org to begin receiving support today.