I had the sincere pleasure of spending some time with two of Putnam City’s longtime friends, both graduates of Putnam City High School, Paul and Anna Long. I’ve been truly honored to get to know them during my tenure in this foundation, and have learned so much about our district from them both. These two treasures even invited me to their 90th birthday party a few months ago, which was such a treat.
Their stories are inspiring, she having worked in a variety of business offices and banks during her career, he having been a veterinarian all while raising 3 accomplished children. I wanted to share their dedication to our district with you, so they acquiesced to an interview of sorts.
Anna eagerly shared stories of growing up across the lake from Putnam City High School and walking the pasture to school each day. There was a time when the family lived “in town,” by which she meant closer to the city center, and her older sister chose to pay tuition so she could continue her studies at Putnam City. She looked up to her older siblings and was grateful to follow in their footsteps to our district.
Paul currently serves the Putnam City High School alumni as the guest editor for the Lunch Bunch Newsletter, a lively production full of historic anecdotes about various goings-on amongst a certain set of alumni, most of whom graduated a few years before me! He has shared many fond memories of his time in Putnam City in those pages.
I asked the couple why they choose to donate continually to the Putnam City Schools Foundation, and they had different answers. For Anna, she is grateful for the programs that we do because a lot of children could have used them when she was growing up. Paul said, “Those were our formative years.” They mentioned that the teachers really took an interest in the children, and that meant something to them.
The Longs believe in a Putnam City education so much that when they moved back to Oklahoma, they made sure they were in Putnam City, so all three of their children graduated from one of our high schools.
There’s so much more to share about these two sweeties, and I will, but for now I’ll say just how humbled I have been by their generosity to our foundation, and their legacy of sharing with the children of Putnam City Schools.