Thunder, Positive Tomorrows Dedicate New Classroom
Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 16, 2016 – The Oklahoma City Thunder teamed up with Positive Tomorrows to give students a special surprise: a new, Thunder-themed classroom for fourth and fifth grades. The Thunder Cares Foundation and the school dedicated the space on Thursday afternoon.
The new classroom, which had previously served as the school’s cafeteria, has been redone with new furnishings, paint, artwork, books and other items supplied by the Thunder Cares Foundation and the NBA Cares Legacy Project initiative.
Because of a $35,000 donation in December from the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, the school now has a commercial-grade kitchen and new cafeteria, which allowed the conversion of the old cafeteria into a larger classroom for fourth and fifth grades. The previous classroom for those grade levels will enable Positive Tomorrows to add a pre-K class; the Thunder Cares Foundation is also furnishing that classroom.
When the 2016-17 school year starts, Positive Tomorrows will be able to serve 16 more homeless children, expanding its capacity by nearly 30 percent.
“We are so grateful for our relationship with the Oklahoma City Thunder,” said Susan Agel, president and principal at Positive Tomorrows. “Everything from Rumble’s first visit on the Book Bus, to visits from Enes Kanter and Kevin Durant, has been reminders that our community is standing with students who often feel forgotten.
“Kevin’s gift, coupled with this new classroom, will expand our reach and change the lives of 16 students every day. These two projects show us that the Thunder is a strong team both on and off the court,” she added.
Christine Berney, vice president of Community Relations for the Thunder, said, “The Thunder has had a long-standing relationship with Positive Tomorrows, in part because what they do is so unique and so needed for Oklahoma City families.
“They do incredibly special things for kids who are very much in need of a safe and happy place to spend their days. We are extremely proud to furnish some new spaces that will let these kids know that the Thunder cares about them and is invested in their success.”
Positive Tomorrows is the only private, tuition-free school in Oklahoma that specifically serves homeless children and their families. The Thunder and its players have worked with Positive Tomorrows on more than 30 initiatives, donations and visits since 2009.
ABOUT POSITIVE TOMORROWS: Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only private, tuition-free elementary school specifically serving homeless children and their families. Each year more than 100 students at Positive Tomorrows receive a quality, trauma-informed education while their parents get the support they need to create a better life. Positive Tomorrows is a proud United Way Partner Agency, an Oklahoma A+ School, and is accredited by the North Central Association, a regional Accreditation Division of AdvancED. To learn more, visit positivetomorrows.org.