Ida Freeman Elementary School’s fourth grade science and social studies teacher Lynette George had two reasons to celebrate Friday.
One was because it was her birthday and the other was because she was the recipient of one of two boxes of supplies provided by the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Upon receiving the box of supplies, George was speechless for a moment, but when she saw the second box of Composition Books she lifted one up and said, “This is a wish come true.”
George is a 1996 UCO graduate and this is her 17th year teaching at Ida Freeman and her 22nd year teaching.
George was one of two teachers in the Edmond School District receiving boxes. The other one was Northern Hills Elementary third grade teacher Alanna Grisham Milligan.
Milligan graduated from UCO in December 2016 with a BSEd in Elementary Education.
Jill Davis, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UCO’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction was one of several faculty advisers to discuss UCO’s “Adopt-A-Teacher” in October and she was on hand to deliver the boxes to the educators.
The organization CARE (Central Association for Responsive Educators) decided on a recent project which was very innovative — helping Oklahoma teachers.
CARE invited practicing teachers who graduated from the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies to apply for the CARE Adopt-a-Teacher Fund. Teachers who were adopted were on the receiving end of a box of supplies and books for their classrooms.
“This was only for UCO alumni – but the concept has possibilities for any organization,” said Lorene Roberson, with the office of Communications and Public Relations in the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies.
In less than 24 hours, the information was shared on Facebook 47 times and viewed more than 4,500 times, Roberson said.