Putnam City Schools Foundation receives grant to teach English to immigrant parents

The Oklahoman - From Staff Reports Published: July 21, 2016

The Putnam City Schools Foundation received a $25,000 grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation to build a program to help immigrant parents learn English as a second language, according to a news release.

The grant will provide more than 100 parents a year with individualized English language training, taught through a civics and financial literacy curriculum. Parents in the program meet four hours a week during the academic year to practice reading, writing and speaking English with certified instructors.

“We are so grateful to receive this grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, who has partnered with us on this project in the past,” said Jennifer Seal, Putnam City Schools Foundation president.

“Given the current state of public education funding in Oklahoma, there is no lack of worthy causes for philanthropists to support, so we are deeply humbled that we were chosen.”

The Kirkpatrick Foundation, founded in 1955, has given millions of dollars to charity, according to a news release. The foundation has its own magazine called ArtDesk, supports an animal welfare initiative called Safe and Humane and provides education on certain state

The Putnam City Schools Foundation's mission is to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities of children in Putnam City Schools. For more information about the foundation and its programs, go to www.pcf4kids.org.

Putnam City Foundation names president, new officers

The Oklahoman July 13 

The Putnam City Schools Foundation recently named new officers and hired Jennifer Seal as foundation president, according to a news release. 

The officers are Chairman Roger Cude, Water's Edge Winery; Vice Chair Michelle Nisbett, International Pentecostal Holiness Church Headquarters; Treasurer Jamie Elmore, Bank of the West; and Secretary Chuck Thomas, Sodexo.

Other new board members are Roy Bishop, American Fidelity; Pilar Cipollone, Habitat for Humanity; Steve Hull, community volunteer; Anna Imose, McAfee Taft; Michael Leake Jr., Wiggins Sewell & Ogletree; Charles H. Lundeen Jr., AROGOS Financial Services; Kyle McDonald, Granite Re Inc.; and Jason Pierce, Oklahoma School Pictures.

Incoming board chairman Cude said, “Having had two children grow up in Putnam City, it was important for my family to give back to the schools that gave so much to my kids. I am pleased with the new board, and look forward to this time of change in our foundation.”

Seal succeeds Caroline Gist, who is retired and served in the position for 13 years. 

“I have no reservations about leaving this organization in Jennifer's hands. She has the passion and intelligence to take this organization to new heights,” Gist said.

Seal, a former Putnam City teacher, graduated from Putnam City and has attended, taught or substituted in nearly every school in the district. Her training in fundraising came from numerous volunteer efforts and her four years at the American Heart Association, where she doubled her event's fundraising. 

“This is truly my dream job. Putnam City has given me so much as both a child and an adult that it is an honor to serve the students and teachers in this capacity,” Seal said.

Putnam City Schools Foundation's mission is to enhance and enrich educational opportunities in Putnam City Schools.



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