Friend School in Chickasha receives storm shelter donation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A school in rural Oklahoma is moving ahead with plans to build a storm shelter, thanks to donations from Shelter Oklahoma Schools and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau.

Friend School, located northeast of Chickasha, has been raising funds for a shelter via a walk-a-thon, an effort that has raised about $27,000.

On Wednesday, Shelter Oklahoma Schools announced it was receiving a $100,000 donation from the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, in association with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, with $25,000 going to Friend School.

The school sits just 150 yards from the path of a tornado that ripped through the small community in May 2011.

The school, which has 223 students and 31 faculty members, plans to start construction on the shelter on Sept. 13 with anticipated completion in March 2014.

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