This is Mike. When he was in the Air Force, his squadrons routinely donated to local organizations as a way to give back to the communities where they were stationed, and it is something that he has always carried with him. He recently moved to Oklahoma, where he now works as a chief inspector for a pipeline inspection company. Although he was new to the team, he floated the idea of giving back to the community to his colleagues before the holiday break. They settled on a local elementary school, Cushing Upper Elementary School (CUE).
Mike’s inspection team and their general contractor held an informal raffle, with two YETI coolers donated by their employers as the prize, and passed the hat to raise about $1,400 between 60 people. Mike then spoke to the school’s assistant principal and asked what they needed. She told him that each year, the school’s 25 teachers and specialists put out a wish list for their classrooms. Some of the requests were humble (Lysol, Ziploc bags, Kleenex) and some of the requests were “shoot for the moon” (MP3 players, laminators, electric pencil sharpeners, etc.)
This week, Mike and his wife went shopping on behalf of the two teams and bought everything remaining on the wish lists and more. For example, if “pencils and earbuds” were listed, the teacher received 10 packages of pencils and six sets of earbuds. Yesterday they delivered a carload of supplies in individually packaged bags for each teacher, as well baked goods for the office staff. The assistant principal paged available teachers to report to the hallway, and once they realized what was happening, they gasped with amazement. As Mike and his wife left, a teacher burst through the door hugging her new electric stapler and yelled "THANK YOU! THAAAANNNKKK YOOOOOU!”
Thank you, Mike!