With Eagle Ridge Elementary School’s recent $5,000 donation from Kroger, local students and educators were inspired to provide 10 percent of the funds to aid Oklahoma tornado victims.
Eagle Ridge was recognized for students’ achievements as the grand prize winner of Kroger’s Earning Plus Learning Educational Incentive Program. Placing first in the Atlanta Division, Eagle Ridge’s entry included a video highlighting how the school celebrates diversity, implements exercise into the day, promotes nutrition, encourages fair play and involvement with community activities.
“Last year we entered and we won $1,500 for our school. We used the funds for various things to help the school,” said Beverly Meeks, Project H.O.P.E. coordinator. “With this year’s award money, we will use some of it for field day T-shirts for every student and to help get an outdoor classroom started, which would be like an open pavilion. To start that, we need lots of labor, cement, lumber, metal roofing and volunteers to help. It would benefit the whole school where classes can have lessons outside, and students can have reading time. Since the money is for the school, we want to use it for something that the whole school can use.”
Project. H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere), the school’s service project, is challenging students, educators and local families to donate funds. As of Wednesday, $175 was donated, totaling $675 for Oklahoma victims.
“Evan Hitchcock and other O.E. students came up with the idea to donate some of the Kroger money to Oklahoma City schools. We’ve been doing Project H.O.P.E. for five years now and these students want to reach out and help however they can; giving back is ingrained in them,” Meeks said. “It’s so reassuring when people want to give back and want to help. We just want to spread a little hope.”