OKLAHOMA CITY — Whoever said school kids couldn’t make a real difference did not attend Putnam City Schools.
The district recently surpassed a major milestone, $3 million in donations to cancer research at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
The district has been donating to an OMRF endowment fund since 1976.
Last year, the district-wide donation was $88,000.
The student body at Putnam City high school raised $18,000 of the $88,000 gift.
“It’s amazing. It’s an amazing feeling to know that your school comes together,” PC Student Body President Maddisen McCleary said.
The donations were raised at bake sales and high school basketball and football games.
Schools also organize annual carnivals for donations.
“We’re students. We’re high school students. No one is writing a check for $1,000,” Senior Class President Anne Knapp said.
The money pays for new equipment and basic operations in Dr. Linda Thompson’s OMRF lab.
It is a small but steady stream of funding for Thompson.
“This is becoming increasingly important as government funds for biomedical research have been going down for a decade now,” Thompson said.