First grader gives all the money he has to Oklahoma school district

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LATTA, Okla. - It’s been a hot topic among many parents as Oklahoma faces a historic budget crisis.

The budget crisis is having a huge impact on schools in the state as district leaders are forced to cut costs.

In light of the budget crisis, one Oklahoma student decided to do his part to help ease the burden on his school.

“I’m very, very proud, but I’m not surprised because he’s always been very thoughtful and he thinks of others all the time,” Tiffney Fullerton said.

Tiffney is talking about her son Jacob.

Just last week the first grader felt compelled to help out after hearing schools in our state were facing a budget crisis.

“I heard people needed money for the school, to get smarter,” Jacob said.

So Jacob took all the money he had and gave it to his principal, who then passed the money on to Latta Schools Superintendent Cliff Johnson.

“We’re going to use that to help operate our school on for the remainder of the school year,” Johnson said.

One dime and three nickels is all the 7-year-old had to his name. Money that has now been added to the district’s general fund.

Jacob said it made him happy to help the school.

Unfortunately, districts like Latta will need a lot more to make up the budget shortfall.

“And to think that our children are having to worry about that as well, it is concerning,” Johnson said. “Because we try to shield our children from many of life’s larger problems.”

Johnson says schools like Latta are worried more cuts are coming. They worry those cuts could force them to eliminate positions and increase class sizes.

Johnson says while the cuts are having a big impact to the district, they are not something students like Jacob should have to worry about.

“If our first graders know about it, all of our students are aware of it,” Johnson said.

Johnson encourages those concerned about the current state of the budget in our state to contact their local legislator.