Educator Karen Cooper will be remembered with a charitable fund named in her name at Westside Elementary School.

Monday night, Claremore School Board members approved the establishment of a “Karen Cooper Children’s Christmas Fund” account at Westside Elementary School.

Principal Lou Robertson told Board members that Westside teachers typically give funds “out of pocket” at Christmas time to help needy families of children at the school.

Robertson said Cooper’s family and friends had spoken to her about paying tribute to Cooper.

She felt a charitable fund in Cooper’s name would be an appropriate means to honor her memory.

“Collecting money for Westside’s families in need at Christmas is something we already do, but putting it into a fund in Karen’s name is a way for us to honor her and help needy children at the same time,” Robertson said.

Board members approved the establishment of the fund in Cooper’s name in a unanimous vote. Karen Cooper passed away on June 5, 2006 at the age of 61.