Eight Kendall Whittier businesses, and one business outside the district, will be collecting school supplies this summer to support Sequoyah Elementary.
The drive will start next week and continue through Friday, August 12. Donations will be delivered to Sequoyah before school starts. Join the Facebook event here.
Supply needs include backpacks, notebooks, crayons, markers, Ziploc bags, pens, post-its, paper towels, blunt-tip scissors and even baby wipes among other items.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the following locations: Anthousai Florals, Circle Cinema, Eleanor’s Bookshop, Heirloom Rustic Ales, Kendall Whittier Library, The Lawyers of Kendall Whittier, Method Group, Pancho Anaya Bakery and Tatermash Embroidery. Look for the boxes with the School Supply Drive logo. Boxes were provided by Flash Flood Print Studios.
Eleanor’s Bookshop also offers an opportunity to purchase a book bundle from their shop to donate to Sequoyah Elementary’s in-classroom reading.
Kendall Whittier Main Street, a nonprofit focused on commercial revitalization in the area, is hosting the drive. In 2021, KWMS’ school supply drive for San Miguel Middle School in Kendall Whittier brought in thousands of items – including a new backpack for every student at the school.
“We were blown away by the vast number of supplies the drive brought in last year,” said Sydney Alison, community engagement coordinator of Kendall Whittier Main Street. “After seeing that success, we wanted to provide that to another school in Kendall Whittier this year.”
Sequoyah Elementary is located in Kendall Whittier on north Birmingham. It is a community working together to develop each child academically, socially and emotionally to reach their full potential in a caring and safe environment. It is part of Tulsa Public Schools. In all, about 360 students attend the school.
“Sequoyah has such a positive impact on the kids and families in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood,” Alison said. “I think it’s important for the community to be aware of that and support them in those efforts.”
Sequoyah Elementary also offers a one-way Dual-Language Program to native Spanish-speaking students.
Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.
For more information about the Kendall Whittier Main Street, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.