OKLAHOMA CITY – Students and faculty from Positive Tomorrow’s celebrated a milestone at the school’s annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, where families and children united to count their blessings and enjoy a traditional holiday meal. Then, in a follow-up to the school’s celebration of 25 years of service to homeless children, Positive Tomorrows’ patrons were honored in early December at the school’s annual Gold Star Luncheon. The event was held at the historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
“We are thrilled to have made such an impact in the lives of our state’s most vulnerable children over the past quarter century,” said Susan Agel, Positive Tomorrows president, in a recent press release sent to The City Sentinel.
“Because we must turn away more than 100 students each year due to a lack of physical space, it is our mission for the next 25 years to further our reach into Oklahoma’s expanding homeless population.”
Since opening in November 1990, the school has served approximately 5,000 students and grown from a staff of seven to 22. Over the past quarter-century, Positive Tomorrows has more than doubled the number of students it can accommodate while increasing the average child’s stay from eight to 85 days.
Celebrants at the Skirvin event included Lori Wharton, student Kaliyah B., Stephanie Henson, Bill Silk, Mindy Harris-Silk, Ashley Peters, Chris Deason, Marc Edwards, Therese Cooper, Kenisha Donovan (Positive Tomorrows Parent), Randi Green, Tammy Niesen Ryan,
Elizabeth Chappell, Katie Cunningham, Karen Cunningham, Rev. Boe Parrish, J. Patrick Quillian, Daniel Somers, Andre Caldwell, David Ball, Scott Plafker, Kendra Plafker, Derek Albro and Theresa Rose Crook.
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NOTE: Editor Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report.