Quapaw Senior Class of 2014 donates funds from senior trip; Comm - KOAM TV 7

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Seniors Donate $2,000 Trip Funds

Quapaw Senior Class of 2014 donates funds from senior trip; Community responds with a surprise for the seniors


Updated May 2, 2014:  Yesterday we reported that Quapaw High School seniors voted to give up its senior trip to Dallas, Texas in order to donate the funds to their community, still recovering from Sunday's tornado that killed one person.

They were supposed to leave for Dallas this morning.  Instead, many of the graduating class volunteered with the cleanup efforts.

But at noon today the Senior Class of 2014 was surprised with a gift.  The school announced that various tribes, businesses and individuals in the community decided to fund their senior trip after all.  The community raised nearly $35,000 for the seniors.  50 tickets to Six Flags were also donated.

Because this is more than what the seniors need for their trip, when they return they will decide what to do with it. Ideas being discussed include donating it to the city, starting a scholarship, etc.

Those donating to the Quapaw Senior Class of 2014 include:

  • Arvest Bank
  • Coca-Cola
  • Downstream Casino
  • First National Bank
  • First State Bank of Commerce
  • Frito Lay
  • High Winds Casino
  • Kenwood Schools 8th Grade Class
  • Kid Kraddock Show
  • Miami Auto Group
  • Newell Coach
  • Ottawa Tribe
  • Quapaw Casino
  • Ross Transportation
  • TRC
  • Vance Auto Group
  • Walmart
  • Welch State Bank

Reported May 1, 2014: Quapaw High School seniors are turning celebration into service.  This year's graduating class is giving up its senior trip to Dallas in order to help the tornado damaged town.

Class president Sarah Reeves and other seniors spent Thursday in a pasture picking up pieces of wood and shingles blown there by the tornado.

Volunteering is also how the group will spend what was supposed to be their senior trip on Friday.

Sarah says, “Well you gotta help. We all love each other and they'd do the same thing for us. It’s important they know that we're here for them.”

And after a unanimous vote, the students decided to donate funds raised for the trip back to the town of Quapaw. Sarah presented a check to the fire chief and police chief at city hall this afternoon.

An emotional fire chief Billie Kerley said, “Your hearts here. My hearts here. It means a lot to these people. Just joining us together, a big family.”

The check was for two thousand dollars, that the students say came through fundraising in the community.

Britini Garner says, “I think just everyone agreed, they're the ones that give us the money to raise the money for our senior trip. So, we might as well give it back. We sold candy bars and had a talent show.”

Others at the check presentation applauded the students saying “You guys are gonna be good leaders someday you know.”

The students can relate to the sense of loss. Some of them experienced the Picher tornado and lost everything.

Zarayiah Sargent says, “I lost my whole house and we only had two weeks to salvage what we could. So I know what it’s like to be out there trying to get what you need.”

Britini who was also from Picher says, “Some of us seen tragedies there and know how it is going through something like that . So we know its hard.”

And it’s given them wisdom they now share.

Sarah who also lost her home in Picher advises Quapaw residents, “ Don't get too discouraged cause there’s always people out there willing to help you. Everybody lended a hand to help us out and that’s kind of what were trying to do.”

The money for the senior trip is going to the city's recovery fund which will be distributed by a new board or committee.

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