Gingerich partners with Justus Tiawah

Supporting school, supporting students and making a difference in the community—these are among the reasons that inspired Grant Gingerich, State Farm Agent, to join the Partner in Education program.

Gingerich said, "About a year ago, I was approached about becoming a Partner in Education with Justus Tiawah Schools. I saw it as a great opportunity to become more involved in supporting our local schools and helping students broaden their vision for future career paths. As my mother being a long-time teacher and having many friends in this professions, I understand the commitment and passion that many of these educators have. I also realize the personal sacrifices many of them make for their students. As a student that grew up in a small, rural school district, I also felt that my vision of possibilities could have greatly been broadened had I been exposed to more opportunities and options. My hope is that by being a partner that we can help support schools and teachers in their positive impact in the classroom and furthermore help expose these students to industry and career opportunities and preparation for their future."

He, like many others, are well aware of "the challenges facing education and our state’s budget situation."

"Even prior to the walkout, I was well aware of the concern and the challenges in the public school systems. Then the walkout happened which took the top story on the news. Some of this positive and some negative so I decided to provide an option for the local community to share some positivity around their school experiences on Facebook. It was great to see and hear all the stories people had to share about their experiences while in school and the impact it had on them in their future," he said. "And at the same time I requested that feedback, I also challenged our local Facebook users and followers, to share and like the post and as a result, our agency would make a donation to our Partner School, Justus Tiawah. I know this may not be seen as a large donation, as we are a very small business, but we hope that this donation can help make an impact for the school."

 He said his team has been honored to partner with Coldwell Banker Select in their efforts at Justus Tiawah.

"It has also been a great pleasure to work with Mr. Garroutte and all his faculty. We have participated in reading to the classrooms, supporting the teachers in various capacities, partnering with their PTO on their efforts, and provide “Career Industry Days” where we highlight various industries for the students. Most recently, we were able to help with raising more money for the school through a garage sale," Gingerich said.

The two partners came together for a garage sale this past weekend and raised over $1,300 for the school.

"From Coldwell Banker, Bettie Sue, Zach Oliver, Jessica Wilbourn, and Ryan Deckard played pivotal roles in helping coordinate and execute," Gingerich said. "From our office, our team helped setup and run the sale consisting of Colin Bowlin, Dallas West, Sarah Adcock, and myself."

Gingerich added, "I look forward to our partnership to continue to strengthen and becomes even more impactful for the faculty, administration, and ultimately the students of Justus Tiawah as we move forward."

The Partners in Education program is a joint effort between the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority and Rogers County public schools. The program connects children and teachers with corporate and civic leaders. These partnerships help educators improve the academic and personal growth of all children.