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Yukon shuts down three-complex park for the ‘Patriot Project’

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YUKON, Okla.-  For one day Yukon’s main parks shut down as hundreds of volunteers came together to clean, decorate and enhance.

This is an annual event called the Patriot Project, a joint effort between Yukon’s Park and Recreation Department and Southwest Covenant Christian Schools.

This is the 9th year for the Patriot Project and this year nearly 750 people came to improve the city's three-complex park.

From kids in Pre-K planting tulips and dandelions, to 5th graders hanging holiday lights and high schoolers learning to build, there were around 50 projects at Yukon's City Park, Freedom Trail Playground and Chisholm Trail Park.

The Patriot Project has a dual purpose, to beautify the city's parks and to act as a fundraiser for Southwest Covenant Christian Schools.

Students, like 5th grader Gallatin Morton, took donation forms to businesses like Green Chili and Starbucks, asking for support.

"I just kind of went in and asked if they would donate anything for our school and the Patriot Project," said Morton.

The Patriot Project has had a record-breaking year, students raising $142,000, 10% going to a charity of the school’s choice, White Fields Boys Home in Piedmont.

More than $5,000 to the supplies used for the project and the rest to help supplement extra costs for the schools.

"What a blessing. What a blessing to others and what a blessing to us to be a part of this and I would encourage other institutions to step out in their community and serve," said Patti Betts, Patriot Project Consultant.

Hours of work that will pay off for residents and for students learning to give back.

"I love the great state of Oklahoma and how the people are so nice," said Morton.