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OPERATION Round Up


An Assistance League volunteer helps a Norman middle-schooler shop for new and donated clothes for its Operation School Bell program


Assistance League, Operation Round Up equip children with


back-to-school necessities By Brianna Wall Assistance League of Norman’s


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(ALN) Operation School Bell® has clothed thousands of students in the Norman area throughout its 36- year history. For the eleventh year, the OEC Foundation, Inc. board of directors approved a $10,000 grant to the program, helping students to have appropriate school clothing so they can focus their attention on learning. “T e students who benefi t from


Operation School Bell are referred to us by their counselors,” said RoseMarie Sondergeld, ALN grants and awards chairperson. “We serve Norman and Little Axe schools and—with the assistance of the OEC Foundation—are able to fulfi ll all requests for peer-appropriate clothing, giving these children items of dignity.” Without members’ generous


contributions—voluntarily ‘rounding up’ their electric bills each month to the nearest dollar (an average of $6 per member per year)—hundreds of children would be going back to school without coats, socks,


shoes, toiletries and other clothing necessities. “We’ve been donating to the


Operation School Bell program for over a decade,” said Lloyd Gramling, president of the OEC Foundation board. “T e Assistance League meets a very unique need in our community through this program, and we are honored to continue our partnership with them in their eff orts to clothe schoolchildren.” ALN in May recognized the


OEC Foundation and the Operation Round Up program for their continuous support of Operation School Bell. Together—with the support of OEC members—the programs have clothed between 10,000 and 12,000 children and teens. In addition, the board approved


grants to Aging Services, Inc., Blanchard Lions Special Olympics Team, Mission Norman and Norman Lions Club. Several individuals and families received assistance with dentures, eyeglasses and food.


“Without members’ generous contributions, hundreds of children would be going back to school without proper clothing.”


4 Applications returned by Nov. 3


will be reviewed for consideration at a meeting on Nov. 6. Forms— organizational and individual—are available at http://bit.ly/oec-oru. If you have questions about the program or application process, call Patti Rogers at 405-217-6710.


OEC Foundation, Inc. Financial Statement


Beginning Balance


8/12/14........................................$115,898.98 September deposit....................$18,891.30 Interest...............................................$3.27 Checks issued.............................-$5,844.48 Approved, not paid.................-$41,419.05 Ending balance 9/17/14...........$87,530.02 Financial statement by: Amanda Dierking


OEC Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors


Jamey Allen • Leroy Bayliff Jim Brown • Vivian Gibson Lloyd Gramling


Lynne Miller • Sunny Stuart Beckie Turner • Joyce Wallace


OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC CO-OP NEWS • OCTOBER 2014


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