“Christmas in August” for Oklahoma teachers

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It has the frenzy, the crowds and the chaos of Christmas shopping.

"It's almost like Black Friday shopping. It's a good thing. No fights," said Kim Shockley, a second grade teacher.

Teachers from around the state have swarmed the Feed The Children warehouses in Oklahoma City.

It's not food they're after, but much-needed school supplies.

"Feeding the mind is pretty special as well," said J.C. Watts, CEO of Feed The Children.

Since 2011, Feed The Children has hosted a "Teacher Store" where qualifying school districts can come and load up on text books, pens and spiral notebooks.

"It is so helpful. It's a wonderful feeling to know that other people are willing to help out, companies are helping. Every little bit helps. It's one less thing I have to buy with my personal money," Shockley said.

Feed The Children and corporate sponsors, like Whataburger, recognize Oklahoma education faces critical challenges.

"We've got some difficult days ahead of us in the state of Oklahoma education because of our cuts. This allows us to stand in the gap if you will for the teachers who handle our most precious resource," Watts said.

2,000-plus teachers will now be better prepared when the bell rings for the 2016 school year.

According to Watts, "It's pretty special when the teachers come up and say, 'This is a God send."


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