Back To School 2017

Chamber prepares for Back To School 2017 with Supply Drive, Health Event, and Support for Teachers

Members of the Chamber’s Community Engagement Committee have been hard at work for several months planning ways we can show our support for students, teachers, and families heading back to school. ¬†There are several ways chamber members can participate – please select the way that makes the most sense for your business:


Class Start Dates in our area are:  August 1 РOklahoma City Public Schools; August 17 РPutnam City Public Schools; August 18 РBethany Public Schools

  1. School Supply Drive: Print out a few copies of SUPPLY DRIVE¬†Put it on your door, near your register, and attach it to a box in a high visibility area, where your staff and customers will see it. (It always helps to put a few “starter” items in. Share on Social Media and invite neighbors and others to bring supplies for the effort too. ¬†Supplies are due no later than Friday July 28 so they may be distributed to several supply pick up points. ¬†Supplies you collect can be taken to the Chamber Office, to Digital Doc on North May, or New Covenant Christian Church on Rockwell.We have also provided the button above for anyone that would like to make a donation that will be used for the cause.

Most Needed Items:
Copy Paper by the ream or by the case

Boxes of Tissues
Dry Erase Markers (Black)
#2 Pencils
Elmer’s Glue Sticks
General Store/ Supply Gift Cards (Staples, Target, Wal-Mart, etc)

2) GOOD TO GROW ¬†–¬†A Family Fun and Wellness Expo is set for Sunday, August 6 from 2 – 4 pm at Allegiance Credit Union’s Operations Center, 4227 N. Meridian. ¬†The event is free and we’re encouraging parents & kids getting ready for back to school to attend where they will have the opportunity to receive free dental, vision, hearing, and many other health screenings and other things they need. We will also have activities and other fun things for the kids to do during the event. ¬†If your business would like to donate a door prize or be a presenter at this event, please contact event chair Alisha Allen Gardner with Easy Time Clock. We will also need volunteers to help out.

3) Does your business offer community fundraising nights, discounts for teachers or any other special offers? Please email the chamber at – we’re making a list to share and recognize those businesses who are stepping up to support our schools.

4) Become a BUSINESS BUDDY to a school. As a Business Buddy, your company is asked to provide appreciation and support for the teachers and staff at the school at different points through out the school year. Some ideas might include: Cupcakes at the start of school. Cherry-Limeades from Sonic as a surprise, attend sports or performing arts events at the school, have your employees help as monitors during testing dates, or support a field trip. We encourage Business Buddies to develop a relationship with the principal and the school so they know our community cares.  The Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber would love to match every Putnam City School with a Business Buddy (or maybe several buddies for the Middle Schools and High Schools) this year.  Please email if you are interested or would like more information.

FAQ: Why is this effort supporting Putnam City Schools? 1) Geography. The footprint of the Putnam City Schools and the Northwest Oklahoma City Chamber are very similar, and they are 100% in our area.  2) There is a strong need. In looking at our community, many other districts have champions actively supporting them, or have lots of financially committed parents. Putnam City Schools need a champion. This is a way we can have a significant impact and see the outcome of our efforts. Great schools with committed community support is one of the best indicators of the economic prosperity of an area.