A Russell Dougherty Elementary School librarian received a welcome surprise Thursday morning — a free storm shelter.
Teachers gathered for a drawing and school librarian Susan Contreras was the lucky winner of a 3x6x6 underground model from GFS Storm Shelters, 3404 S. Broadway. The company, which makes both ready-to-sell and custom models, is a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based Godwin Formwork Solutions.
Contreras thanked the representatives from the company and the Edmond Public Schools Foundation for the gesture.
“This is awesome because my husband’s been telling me I have to get one and I haven’t gotten around to it,” Contreras said. “I’m touched. I’m speechless.”
GFS co-owner Carli Godwin, an Edmond resident, said the company is grateful for teachers in the community and the giveaway was an expression of their gratitude. Teachers spend a lot of time and energy helping students, she said.
Bob Ault, executive director of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation, said when he was approached by GFS he thought it was a worthy way to appreciate the city’s educators. The giveaway fit with the foundation’s mission of supporting Edmond Public Schools teachers and staff, Ault said.
“Edmond is the community it is because of the quality of our education,” Ault said.
GFS will give away a dozen shelters to Edmond educators throughout the school year.
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