State Farm Insurance announced Tuesday that Charter Oak Elementary School, the first new school built in Guthrie since 1987, is one of the 40 winning causes to receive their $25,000 Neighborhood Assist Grant.
The school was entered in the contest by Carmen Walters, Executive Director of Federal Programs and Elementary Education at Guthrie Public Schools in a cooperative effort between local State Farm Agent, Kevin Craft, and Logan County Health Department Wellness Coordinator, Courtney McLemore.
Charter Oak Elementary, located in a rural area of southern Logan County, is a 20 minute drive from the nearest park.
During the final phase of the selection process, a 10-day online voting period in August, the school earned enough votes from citizens to secure the grant. Through most of the time when voting was visible to the public, Charter Oak Elementary was the nationwide leader.
“We are very excited that public/private partnerships such as this exist. The process gave the community a way to participate with their diligent voting and our students are the beneficiary,” Dr. Mike Simpson, GPS Superintendent said. “I’m especially grateful to Kevin Craft, Courtney McLemore and Carmen Walters for the work they put into making this happen.”
The funds will go toward outdoor playground equipment for the newly opened school. Simpson said that they hope to see the installation of the equipment this spring after the design and purchase bid process is completed.
Charter Oak Elementary also received a gift of $5,000 towards playground equipment from Eskridge Chevrolet of Guthrie earlier this month.
The school is one of two Oklahoma grant recipients. The Little Dixie Community Action Agency in Broken Bow, OK earned the grant for their Southeastern Oklahoma Improving Childhood Education Initiative.