Local organization providing uniforms for OKCPS students
OKLAHOMA CITY — It's just the beginning of what promises to be a wonderful new school year."Our goal is to keep the children in the classroom," said Christmas Connection Program Director, Donna Robinson. Oklahoma City Public Schools have a district wide uniform policy. A top and a bottom can cost upwards of twenty five dollars and at Christmas Connection they're making sure each child that walks through the door leaves with at least two uniforms"Of the 44 thousand students in Oklahoma City Public Schools, 90 percent of them qualify for some type of public assistance," said Robinson. It's a dire situation, Robinson said if kids aren't in the proper uniform by a certain date they will no longer be able to attend school."It's a huge commitment financially that they just don't have," said Donna Robinson. Take for instance this family of seven children, If each uniform costs twenty five dollars that's one hundred and seventy five dollars and if you buy child two that's three hundred and fifty dollars, money Tammy Watts simply doesn't have."They helped a trillion on this one," said Watts. Donations are welcome and the items needed include polo-style shirts in white or navy blue without logos.And khaki pants, shorts and skirts of all sizes. Items may be dropped off at Christmas Connection at 5728 South May on from Monday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.