ZEBRA PRIDE: Celebrating Claremore teachers

Front row (L to R): Michelle Rahn, Will Rogers Junior High (District Teacher of the Year); Brooke Lee, Will Rogers Junior High; Crystal Galvan, Catalayah Elementary; Debbie Bonham, Westside Elementary; Heather Kizer, Roosa Elementary; and Jennifer Esau, Claremont Elementary. Back Row (L to R): Ruiel Doonkeen, Claremore High School and Matt Boyer, Claremore High School.

Claremore Public Schools Foundation continued a great tradition August 13, providing breakfast to all Claremore teachers and support staff for their first day back at work. Over 425 Claremore Public Schools employees enjoyed breakfast of honey chicken sandwiches and taquitos from Whataburger, breakfast casserole, fruit, muffins, coffee, juice and nutritional tea.

Some site teachers of the year were presented with Kendra Scott necklaces, while others enjoyed gift certificates to Doe’s Eat Place. All received monetary gift cards courtesy of RCB Bank.

TTCU’s branch manager, Bryan Bradley, presented the District Teacher of the Year, Michelle Rahn, with a check and gift certificate for classroom equipment. TTCU also presented Bryan Frazier, Superintendent of Claremore Public Schools, with a check representing donations through its School Pride Program.

Brad Ward of RCB Bank handed out gift cards ranging in amounts from $75 - $250 as door prizes. In all, they totaled $2,650. A basket of goodies from Claremore area businesses went home with Whitney Jones, teacher and coach at Claremore High School.

Superintendent Bryan Frazier said, “On behalf of the Claremore School Board and all its employees, I want to say thank you to the Foundation for all that they have done and continue to do for public education, our children and our teachers. Also, thank you for making this welcome back today so special for all of us.”

CPSF is a non-profit organization and depends on contributions by corporate donors, small businesses and private supporters. The CPSF Partners for the 2018-2019 year include: Whataburger, TTCU, Bill and Phyllis Snyder, Smalygo Auto Wholesale, RCB Bank, Robson Properties, The Print Shop, Nees Realty, Jack Kissee Ford, Highfill Properties, Hillcrest Hospital – Claremore, Cherokee Nation – Keith Austin District 14 Councilor, CF industries, BancFirst, Baker Hughes and Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma. Breakfast event sponsors included: Neely Insurance and Financial Services, Global Health and 6:19 and Atlas Nutrition.

To donate, visit ClaremorePublicSchoolsFoundation.org and click donation, or call Director Amy Evans at 918-923-4308.