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Several Generous Donations Help Cover Mustang Public Schools Students’ Lunch Debt

Several Generous Donations Help Cover Mustang Public Schools Students’ Lunch Debt

(Mustang, Oklahoma – December 20, 2019) – Mustang Public Schools is seeing a groundswell of community support to help with student lunch debt.  Several organizations, community groups, and individuals have worked on paying off school lunch debt:

  • Four Star Fitness donated $900 in mid November to help at three schools (Lakehoma, Creek, & Meadow Brook).  “We’ve never been a gym to advertise a lot, we’ve grown to 4 locations with mostly word of mouth. In lieu of some of that advertising we love to do things in the communities we serve, that way we can give back to those who support us,” said owner Kevin McBride.  “We hope this helps the parents and kids in these schools and thank you to all our members for the continued support!”

  • Sippin Sistas paid off $600 at Mustang High School on December 12, 2019.  "We never thought it would be this strong, but it's amazing. I love my sisters!" said member Karen Brown.  The group travels to schools around the metro to pay off student lunch debt. "The kids are eating different meals if they can't afford it. Some of the schools are having to give them cheese sandwiches, or some schools, we found out, if they have a balance of $15 or more, they don't eat at all," said Brown.  So far, they've been to six schools and donated $8,500.
    "The students that come in are extremely important to us. They become like children to us, and to see one that you know or you feel like is struggling, that's hard. It's very difficult," said cafeteria manager Kimberly Walker. "For someone to come in and do something that all of us wish that we could do, it means a tremendous amount to us."

  • Stephen Myers, Pastor of The Well church which meets every Sunday at Canyon Ridge Intermediate, has donated money to pay off charges at that school along with 2 others!  Stephen is son of Janie and Bryan Myers who were teachers at Mustang Schools for many years!

  • Country Leisure Manufacturing donated $1,000 to four different schools ($4K total) to pay off lunch debt for students, and has promised another $1,000 to a fifth school! “We cannot put into words how much this means to our schools/students,” said Director of Communications, Kirk Wilson.  “The generosity of our Mustang Family is truly unmatched!”  Country Leisure has everything for your aquatic needs including custom built spas, swimming pools, chemicals, patio furniture and accessories. . https://www.countryleisuremfg.com/ 

  • David and Joyce Kennedy paid off lunches at Valley Elementary.

  • Eric Ball paid off lunches at Trails Elementary.

  • Trinity Baptist Church went to schools around the District and donated over $2,000 in total to cover unpaid student lunch debt.  

  • An anonymous donor paid off all outstanding student lunch debt at Riverwood Elementary on Friday, December 20, 2019.

  • “And these are just the donations that we are aware of,” said Director of Communications, Kirk Wilson. “We have had numerous patrons walk into school offices in the past two months and write a check or offer cash to support our Child Nutrition Program.”  

“Mustang is such a caring community that pulls together especially where children are involved.  I see young men who have grown up in the district turning around and helping children with both physical and spiritual needs.  I also see newcomers to the community, outside organizations and businesses jumping right in and also being a source of strength to the children of this community.  This time of year is fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and sad. Parents want to provide a good Christmas for their kids, but may at times have to stop funding their lunch accounts to be able to give their kids Christmas.  We've had numerous generous donors stepping up to help. Everyday my heart is given another boost as I see goodness being done for the kids of Mustang. It IS great to be a Bronco - That means a lot!”

About Mustang Public Schools

The Mustang Public School District covers over 72 square miles in Oklahoma and Canadian counties with the City of Mustang at its center. The district is the largest employer in Canadian County, with more than 1,000 certified and support employees. Voted one of Oklahoma’s Top Workplaces for the past two years, the school district offers a comprehensive compensation package for full-time employees, in addition to a satisfying working environment. There are eight elementary schools (grades PreK-4), three intermediate centers (grades 5-6), three middle schools (grades 7-8), one high school (grades 9-12), and an educational center which houses pre-kindergarten and alternative education.

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