APRIL 22 2018:
The Brighter Futures Foundation in Wagoner served 108 children and families during the school stoppage April 2-13.
The Foundation, a division of Eternity Fraternity Christian teen organization, opened its doors five days a week and expanded its service hours to provide a safe, nurturing and learning environment for youth while they were out of school.
More than 30 individuals volunteered their time and came from as far away as Tulsa to help. In addition to the core group of volunteers from Brighter Futures, several others helped including WPS teachers, para-professionals, retired teachers, social workers, organizations, involved citizens and eight WPS students.
“It was a bit challenging, but our volunteers were fantastic,” said volunteer Ashley Brown. “We had our regular volunteers, but a lot from the community. We could not have done that without them.”
Another regular volunteer, Donna Ford, attended Lincoln when she was a student and has many memories of the school. Coming back as a volunteer helped her come full circle. Seeing all of the students during the stoppage made her appreciate all the help citizens gave.
“It was busy,” Ford said. “We wanted to be here for the kids with a meal and for socialization.”
“There was a lot to do with the volunteers, but we made it happen,” volunteer Jonita Ford-Criddle added.
Several local churches provided transportation from the school to ensure students were able to enjoy a hot lunch at Central Intermediate School including First Assembly, Immanuel Southern Baptist, First United Methodist Church and the First Christian Church.
The Wagoner City Public Library graciously provided an arts and crafts class and a movie which kept students entertained.
“This was truly a community effort,” said Brighter Futures President John W. Jones. “God has blessed Wagoner with residents and business owners who care about our children and community.”
Brighter Futures is the free Wagoner Public Schools Enrichment Center that operates at The Lincoln Community School every Monday from 8:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The program is available to all WPS school-aged children. For additional information, contact 918-807-0262.