Owasso Masons Donation to Benefit OPS Teachers

Photo courtesy Owasso Public Schools 
EDUCATIONAL PLUS: Accepting a $4,500 donation from the Owasso Masonic Lodge’s David Robinson are, from left, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Margaret Coates, Superintendent Dr. Amy Fichtner and Assistant Superintendent Kerwin Koerner. 

Owasso Masonic Lodge #545 has presented Owasso Public Schools a $4,500 donation to be distributed among 45 teachers representing all 15 school district sites. 
“The Masons of Oklahoma have been supporters of the school system for many years,” said David Robinson, who led the effort to raise and donate the funds. “We just feel the teachers deserve recognition and we’re happy to support them in this way.” 
Each of the 45 teachers selected will receive $100 to be used for supplies, teaching aids or any other supplements for their classrooms. 
“We certainly are very thankful and grateful for this generous support of our educators,” OPS Superintendent Dr. Amy Fichtner said. “The Masons have continuously supported our district in a number of ways. I know our teachers are very appreciative of this gift and will use these funds to enhance the learning environment for the students of our community.” 
Other ways the Lodge has supported Owasso students and teachers is through “Teachers of Today,” the “Students of Today” and by providing free eye screenings at elementary schools. 
Along with his duties at the Masonic Lodge, Robinson serves as a bus driver for OPS. 
“I see what the teachers go through every day,” he said. “We (drivers) have the students for 15-20 minutes on the bus, but I see what teachers do every day and I take my hat off to them. The teachers are all just great people and great to be around.” 
“I’m proud to be a Mason and I’m glad that we can help the community,” Robinson said. “I think this is where it all starts. Education is the backbone of the community. If we don’t have that, we don’t have anything.”