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April 1, 2014

Cover Our Kids raises $20,000 for tornado protection

DUNCAN — Duncan Public Schools’ Cover Our Kids Campaign has raised about $20,000 since it started.

The campaign, approved by the Duncan Board of Education during its July 2013 meeting, raises funds to buy helmets and blankets for students, teachers, staff members and possible visitors for  protection in case of a tornado.

Initially, the fundraising goal was set at $100,000. But in a letter sent out to parents Monday, Duncan Superintendent Sherry Labyer said the goal has decreased to $50,000, about half of what was originally thought to be needed to equip all students.

Attached to the letter was an envelop for the Cover Our Kids project to encourage parents to donate funds, if even enough to cover their own children.

“Every dollar raised will go to this worthy cause,” Labyer wrote in the letter. “We are very appreciative of donations that we have received thus far. Keeping our students safe is our priority, as I know it is yours as well. Together we can make a difference.”

Each helmet costs about $7 and each blanket about $4. These items will be used as protection from flying debris and glass in a tornado. At least one helmet and a blanket would be needed for each of Duncan’s 4,000 students.

In recent weeks, a “Make a Change” promotion to raise more funds has taken place at several of the elementary schools. A collection box for the promotion has rotated from Mark Twain to Horace Mann to Woodrow Wilson. This week, the collection box is set up at Plato Elementary for children, parents and visitors to donate loose change to the project.

Kristin Kirkland, who has two children in the district (Colby at Duncan Middle School and Carly at Duncan High School), is heading up the collection box project.

When the week ends, the collection box will move to Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten.

“Eventually, all schools will get it,” Kirkland said.

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