Community Gives Over $100,000 to Street School
DOUBLE IMPACT CHALLENGE: Members of Street School staff and its Board of Directors and Carol Robinson of Canada Company pose with Canada Company’s $50,000 challenge check. From left, Street School Executive Director Lori McGinnis-Madland; Street School board members Nimish Dharmadhikari and Mark Wilson; Street School Associate Executive Director Jana Emerson; Street School Development Director Sandra Thornton; board members Adam Paluka and Cyndi Kernan; board President Judy Gadlage; and Canada Company President Carol Robinson.
Street School, a national award-winning alternative education high school in Tulsa, raised $102,911 in three weeks in June after oil and gas company Canada Company announced its Double Impact challenge.
When Carol Robinson, president of Canada Company, learned Street School would be facing a budget shortfall of $107,000 she offered to match, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 for all donations received for this fiscal year ending June 30.
“Many people like me see the need for Street School and understand the impact this program makes on the students who attend,” says Robinson. “Providing an opportunity for Street School to finish this school year in the black, when we don’t know what the next year will bring, was important to me.”
Founded in 1973, Street School is a nonprofit alternative high school of choice that has become a national model for helping at-risk youth. By combining academics with therapeutic counseling, the school has a unique approach in working with teens dealing with academic, social, emotional and substance-abuse problems. On average, Street School has a 90 percent graduation rate.
Dollars that go directly to Tulsa Public Schools finance the salaries and benefits of four of Street School’s 10 teachers. The district also provides the building that Street School operates from as well as in-kind support for facility and technology services.
“The impact of this challenge comes directly to Street School’s general operating budget,” says Street School Executive Director Dr. Lori McGinnis-Madland. “We must annually raise more than 55 percent of a $1.4 million budget to cover salaries and benefits for staff plus other expenses necessary to serve more than 130 students annually.
“Once again, this community stepped up to the plate and exceeded all expectations,” says McGinnis-Madland. “Donors like it when their gifts can be doubled, and thanks to the Canada Company this is exactly what happened.”
Contributors to the Double Impact challenge included: Anonymous, Jacki Adair-Smith, Janice Anderson, Pam Avison, Thomas Baker, Ron Banks, Barbara Bannon, Allen Barrow, Lucy Bennefield, Julie Blake, Rosa Blakeburn, Rachel Blue, Norman Bryant, Thomas Byers, Thomas Connor, Mary Conry, Harry Dandelles, Bo Davis, Annette Ellis, Tim and Laura Fawcett, Ray Hale, Teresa Hall, Sarah Hansel, Samuel Harris, , Janet Hayes, Max Heidenreich, Rebecca Holland, Bob Hurley, Jr., Deanna Jones, Dan Keating, Rita Keeton, Frank Klaus, Caron Lawhorn, Nancy Lewis, Patrick Malloy, John Marlow, Michael McBride, , Lorraine McReynolds, Ken and Judy Miles, Mercedes Millberry-Fowler, Pat and Linda Moran, Jack Murray, Todd and Angela Neftzger, Cyndi Nixon-Kernan, David Oliver, Kelly Ortiz, Steve and Millie Owings, Kerry Painter, Brenda Pelletier, Whitney Pence, Ron Peters, Geoff Pool, Dawn Randall, Barry Redlinger, Cari Reif, Jane Romine, T.F. and L.R. Ruiz, John Schmieder, Susan Scott, Donna Shelton, Lenice Stanford, Jacquelyn Stewart, William and Susan Thomas, Sandra Thornton, Melanee Tosh, Claudia Trompeter, Helen Turner, Morey Villareal, Susan Witt-Ludeman, Donna Wood, Barbara Zachary and Glenn Zannotti.