Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Crossfit Tahlequah Hosts Row for Education

Crossfit Tahlequah will host a four-person marathon row on September 10, 2016 at 7:30 AM-11:30 AM at Norris Park. All proceeds will go to Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation.  Entry fee is $60, and each team must be comprised of 2 males and 2 females. There is a cap of 30 teams, but that hasn't been reached yet. Sign up forms are available at Crossfit Tahlequah.

It's no secret that funding for education in Oklahoma hit crisis mode in recent months. Barry Dotson, the owner of Crossfit Tahlequah, said, "Row for Education is an opportunity for us as a small town to do what we do best, which is to take care of our neighbors."

Dotson came up with this fundraising idea while he was shopping for school supplies with his wife.  "I took a look at the list and noticed a lot of it had nothing to do with the kids in my house. It dawned on me that we were spending our grocery money trying to get schools supplies, and I wondered how many teachers who don't have dual incomes sacrifice their own groceries to provide school supplies. I didn't want that to happen."

So, he decided to use his resources and what he knows to do something about it.

"Row for Education is an opportunity for us as a small town to do what we do best, which is to take care of our neighbors."

The event is a marathon row, which is 42,195 meters. He said, "It will take somewhere between 3-4 hours of rowing for a four person team. It will be quite the endurance for them. Myself and four of my best coaches won it at NSU last year. We won it in 3 hours and 22 minutes."

Aerofit, Quafit, and Marcoma are loaning their equipment to help make this event a success. Local businesses are donating prizes, door prizes, and drawings. So, even if participants aren't fierce competitors, they may still walk away with a prize.

Dotson's goal is simple: "Forget the competition side. It's an opportunity to raise money for education, and it's an excuse to get up and excerise on a Saturday, which most people need."

Many thanks to Barry Dotson, Crossfit Tahlequah, and everyone else who is helping put together this wonderful fundraising opportunity.  Check back with us in January to see the educational grants that will be funded right here in Tahlequah.

The mission of the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation is to encourage the local community to support our educational system, to secure contributions and to distribute funds and equipment for the educational benefit of our students.

Ways to give

mail check or money order to 
1 Plaza South, PMB #276
Tahlequah, OK 74464

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TPSF 2016-2017 Board and Officers

Who is ready for another incredible school year?   We are #TPSFfullycommitted! 

Our board members are planning and implementing all sorts of ideas.  Stay tuned for exciting events and ways to contribute. If you can help us help our schools, please contact any of us on the Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation board.  

Board and Officers for 2016-2017

President: Lucas Foster
Vice President: Brandi Barnett
Secretary: Kim Copeland
Treasurer: Lisa Czlonka

Breanna Batey
Barbara Fuller
Amber George
Janine Hembree
Loretta Keener
Suzanne Lovell
Libby Rogers
Mesha Sanchez
Carrie Scearce
Allan Scroggins
Ashley Talburt
Kin Thompson

Thank you to 2015-2016 TPSF President Barbara Fuller! We had an amazing year. Barbara will continue to serve Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation this year as our Public Relations Chair. Woohoo!

Give a special thanks to Barbara Fuller when you see her around town, please!

If you'd like to know more about TPSF and/or donate, please go to our website at www.tahlequahpublicschoolsfoundation.org