MUSKOGEE, Okla. Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee is pleased to announce that the school has received a $15,000 grant from The Kirschner Trust and will enable the school to make needed playground improvements not included in the state budget.
“We are so pleased to have received this grant,” Rita Echelle, OSB superintendent said. “Since our school is a residential school, it is vital to provide a means of exercise and recreation for our students.
“We know the students will enjoy the updated playground, and it will also contribute to their good health,” she added. “We appreciate the support of the Kirschner Trust and are grateful for the generous award.”
The five Kirschner Trusts have supported charitable projects in the Muskogee area since 1979. In 2013, the assets of three of the Kirschner trusts were transferred to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to establish the E. Phil and Roberta Kirschner Foundation Affiliated Fund. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services in the areas of social services, youth and education, health and disabilities and Jewish culture and religion, with a preference for programs in Muskogee and the surrounding area. For more information visit www.occf.org/kirschner.
Oklahoma School for the Blind serves students throughout the state of Oklahoma. It provides state-mandated curriculum as well as independent living skills, braille and abacus training, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, transition to work, and outreach services. OSB has maintained a 100% graduation rate for six years. For more information about the Oklahoma School for the Blind, phone 877-229-7136 toll free or visit http://osb.k12.ok.us/.