Mannford teachers who lost homes to wildfires get support from school and community

MANNFORD, Okla. - Five Mannford Public Schools staff members who lost their homes to the devastating wildfires were surprised  Monday morning with special support from the school district.

The district is aiming to take care of the five staff members displaced from the fires.

"We're going to open a relief fund for them that is going to be basically that's going to allow people to donate to that fund," said Superintendent Steve Waldvogel.

First grade teacher, Jamie Kleven , is one of the five. She is scrambling to be ready for the first day of school, just around the corner on Thursday.

Kleven says she plans on putting much of the money back into her classroom.

"These are ladies that are going to turn around and give it back to the community," Kleven said.

To get an idea of the devastation, watch aerial footage of the damage the wildfires left behind.

The community has done it's part too, committing hundreds of school supplies and cash donations to the school system.

Waldvogel says the Mannford classrooms should be set for the year ahead.

"It's just been overwhelming the support and generosity we received," said Waldvogel.

The school board is expected to approve the relief fund at Monday's school board at 7:00 pm.

See viewer-submitted images of the damage caused by wildfires: http:// bit.ly / WildfireDamage .

At least 70 students and five staff members lost their homes.

To find out how to donate, contact Mannford schools at  (918) 865-3841

 
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