Moore teacher raises money with pink flamingos amid budget cuts

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MOORE, Okla. - It's a prank you'd expect from a teenager, but these flamingos are being planted by adults.

"I've been going out at 10, 11 o'clock every night moving flamingos from yard to yard," Ray Robinson, a 6th grade teacher at Apple Creek Elementary, said.

It may be most creative way yet for an elementary teacher to raise money for school, but Mr. Ray and two other teachers at Apple Creek Elementary started the “Flocking Flamingos Project” to help fund field trips for their sixth grade classes.

For $25, teachers will put two dozen of the pink birds in the yard of your choosing. It's a fun prank for a serious reason.

“We wanted to be able to take our kids to fun field trips and the money's just not there," Robinson said. "You just can't go down to the principal and say hey we want to get two buses and take our kids to the University of Oklahoma."

He's hoping to take the kids to the Warren Theatre in October-- a first-time experience for some.

"For some of my kids it is exciting and special to go to the Warren and get a coke and get a popcorn and just watch movies hang out,” Robinson said.

So far, he's gotten requests from Yukon, Tuttle and Blanchard.

And people love it.

"She goes 'This is awesome. This is fun.' It was exciting," Robinson said. "I came outside and I saw the flamingos and I saw the sign, put it on Facebook and had just a good time with it."

Losing sleep, but loving every minute of it.

"Even when they leave here they're still going to be my kids, so I love each and every one of them even the other knuckleheads at times,” Robinson said.

Robinson said he'll continue to do it as long as people are paying.

If you'd like to "flock" someone call (405)548-5347.

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