CNI employees collect items for Greasy Schools
GREASY, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Industries employees in August collected and delivered more than 400 back-to-school items at Greasy Public Schools in Adair County to help kick off the new academic year at the school’s new elementary building.
“We are really excited to be able to support our local students,” CNI employee Donivan Riddle said. “I knew our employees would help as much as they could, but I had no idea we could collect this much.”
The donations came at an important time for the school, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. August marked the fourth anniversary of a devastating fire that gutted the school’s previous, 60-year-old building and left the district dependent on donations and community support.
School officials said students and families have adjusted since and are glad to be in a permanent building instead of the small, portable units used after the fire. However, insurance coverage only funded the actual facility, not furniture, supplies or books.
“The generosity we have experienced has been overwhelming,” Denton Hardbarger, Greasy Elementary School dean of students, said. “It is so much more than we expected. I know the kids will really appreciate it all.”
Greasy Public Schools is also accepting donations of new or used books geared toward pre-kindergarten through eighth grade to fill the empty shelves of the school’s new library. Members of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America also donated a $300 check to accompany the items collected by CNI.
For more information about donating, call 918-696-7768.
ᎪᎢ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎤᏃᏢᏅᏗ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎶᏂ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏭᏂᏅᎢ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ ᏅᎩᏧᏈ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏅᏔᏅᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎪᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᎿ Adair ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎢᏤ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ.
“ᎢᎦ ᎣᏣᎵᎮᎵᎦ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦᏲᎦᏛᏗ ᏗᎦᏲᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎾᎥ ᎠᏁᎯ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ,” CNI ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Donivan Riddle. “ᎠᏆᏅᏛᏃ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᏓᎬᎩᏍᏕᎸᎯᏒ ᎢᎦ ᏄᏂᏤᎲᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ Ꮭ ᏱᎨᎵᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎦ ᎣᎩᏟᏐᏗᎢ.”
ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎤᎷᏨ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏄᎾᎵᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏅᎩ ᎠᎴ ᎯᏍᎩ ᏳᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏃᎴ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᎯ ᎢᏯᏍᏗ. ᎦᎶᏂ ᎧᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏅᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᏧᎪᏅ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎭᏫᎾ, ᎾᎿ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎠᏓᏁᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏂᏟᏏᏍᎬᏊ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏛ ᎠᎴ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎬᏩᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏁᏥᏙ ᎠᎾᏗᏍᎬ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᏚᎾᏙᏢᏒ ᏄᏓᎴ ᏂᏚᎵᏍᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᎮᎵᎪ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᎾᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ, ᏗᎲᏏᏓᏍᏗ ᏓᏅᏗᏍᎬ ᏧᎪᏅ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ. ᎠᏎᏍᎩᏂᏃ, ᎤᏄᏓᎸᎢ ᏳᏂᎩᏌ ᎤᏅᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎤᏩᏌ , Ꮭ ᏗᎦᏍᎩᎶ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏃᏪᎶᏗ, ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏱᎩ.
“ ᎾᏃ ᏄᎾᏓᏅᏘᏴ ᎣᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎠᎵᎮᎵᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Denton Hardbarger, ᎪᎢ ᏧᎾᏍᏗᎧᏂ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏄᎬᏫᏳᏒ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎨᏒᎢ. “ᎢᎦᏃ ᎤᎪᏛ ᎾᏃ ᏄᏍᏛ ᎣᎦᏓᏅᏖᎸᎢ. ᎠᏆᏅᏔᏃ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎢᎦ ᏛᎾᎵᎮᎵᏥ ᏂᎦᏓ.”
ᎪᎢ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎩᎠ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎾᎿ ᏗᏤ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎬᏔᏅ ᏗᎪᏪᎵ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᎸ ᎾᎿ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎾᎴᏂᏍᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏁᎵᏁ ᏗᏂᏂᏙᏗ ᎢᏍᏗ ᏧᏂᎧᎵᎢᏍᏗᎢ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᏢᏗ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎤᏃᏢᏒ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏧᏂᎪᎵᏱᏗᎢ. ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎿ ᎾᎥ ᏚᏃᏢᏒ Vietnam ᎤᏂᏲᏏᏙᎸ ᎠᎹᎵᎧ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᏦᎢᏧᏈ ᎠᏕᎸ ᏗᏎᎯᏍᏗ ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᎤᏂᏟᏌᏅᎢ ᎾᎿ CNI.
ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎠᎵᏍᎪᎸᏙᏗ, ᎠᎭᏂ ᏫᏣᏟᏃᎮᏓ 918-696-7768.