Spirit of the Tigers, You Can Make a Difference

Spirit of the Tigers, You Can Make a Difference

We are getting ready to kick off year three of the “Spirit of the Tigers Program”. This program was started to help our students we knew were in need. We have had a great response from our community and from our staff members. The first year we were able to help 21 students. Last year, I am proud to report that we were able to help over 85 of our students who were not being served by any other organization. A big Ardmore Tiger “ROAR” to everyone who donated.

We are very fortunate to live in a community of such caring people with many organizations helping out during this time of year. However, our goal is a little different. We are trying to reach those who may not be receiving help through any of our community agencies or may need additional assistance.

In order to identify our students with the greatest need, we will again be working with our school-based social workers and our school counselors. In addition, we have also asked our education family to let us know if they see a need for a student or family at their school. Our staff has a keen eye as to the struggles of our students and will be instrumental in helping us with this task. They know immediately which students don’t have a warm coat. They also know which students get their only meal in the school cafeteria. They know which students need the basics: shoes, socks, shirts and pants. They know which students won’t be having a very merry Christmas.

Even though our main push is during the holiday season, our goal for this organization is to not only help during the holiday season, but also during other times as well. We continue to receive donations after the holiday season, which enable us to have funds available should a student need be brought to our attention. Last year we were able to help with school supplies, clothing, food and a prescription medication. Spirit of the Tigers also worked with the Grace Center and local churches several times to help some of our families with last minute rent and utilities.

I hope that you choose to participate in the Spirit of the Tigers Program. Whether it be $5 or $50, you can make a difference. Make your check payable to “Spirit of the Tigers” and mail to Ardmore City Schools, Attn: Sabra Emde, PO Box 1709, Ardmore, OK 73402.