Positive Tomorrows is breaking ground on its new school with the addition of a middle school. Initial plans called for an elementary school to cater for babies through fifth graders, but thanks to a successful fundraising campaign which reached $15 million, a middle school will be added to extend teaching to 8th grade.
Its new site will be adjacent to Northcare’s new campus on General Pershing Boulevard between Villa and May. Doors will open next fall, with additional plans to add a grade per year as the annual operating budget grows.
Positive Tomorrows currently serves 74 kids from pre-K through fifth grades. The new school will allow the organization to double its capacity. Students will enjoy spaces for art and music, a special education classroom, library, outdoor stage and storm shelter. Plans also include a secure entry vestibule along with family support services, a gym and a kitchen area for students and families.
“We are thrilled to break ground on a new building that will more than double our capacity and change the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable children,” says Susan Agel, president and principal at Positive Tomorrows.
“We wouldn’t be here without the many generous donors, volunteers and community members who have made it possible for us to say yes to more students. As we embark on this new chapter, we look forward to many more years of creating bright futures for Oklahoma City’s homeless children and families,” she says.
The 25-year-old organization provides transportation to and from school, free meals and the clothing and equipment needed for each student to thrive. Outside of the classroom, staff members run programs to help families access food, shelter and clothing. In addition, parents are encouraged to stay involved with their children’s education with the offer of transportation, a meal and childcare alongside school events.
Positive Tomorrows is the only private school in the U.S. with the sole purpose of educating homeless children. With more than 9,500 homeless children in Oklahoma City alone – a number that is increasing each year – Positive Tomorrows is forced to turn away more than 100 students annually.
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