Thursday, March 28, 2013

TPS Foundation Receives ONEOK Donation

The Topeka Public Schools Foundation has received a $5,000 donation from the Kansas ONEOK Foundation.  The money will be used to purchase a new ActivBoard for the Special Opps classroom at Topeka High School

Topeka High student Jack Hishmeh noticed that the classroom for special need students needed a makeover.  He recruited some friends to join him in the Special Opps Club.  With Jack’s leadership, he contacted local companies to help with repairs to the room.  The room is now bright and inviting due to new carpeting, newly painted walls and new cabinets.  Jack has encouraged other Topeka High students to become a buddy for a special needs student.

The ONEOK donation will allow buddies to interact with the special needs student by using the ActivBoard.  Executive Director of the TPS Foundation Pamela Johnson-Betts said, “We at the Foundation are overjoyed to add another community partner that positions us to expand the vision of Jack Hishmeh for the TPS Special Opps classroom.  ONEOK supported not only the project, but recognized their contribution had the potential of improving hundreds of student lives well into the future and for that we are grateful.”