Resources for Families During the Oklahoma Teacher Walkout
We will be updating this list with more information as it becomes available. If you know of anything we should add, please email email@example.com.
Also, the Tulsa Area United Way has a list of resources as well. Find theirs here.
In the event of a teacher walkout, starting April 2, 2018, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa are offering a Free Educational Alternative to families looking for a safe and fun place for their children ages 5 to 17 during the day.
Call today to reserve your spot at one of the six Metro Tulsa locations:
Boys & Girls Club Broken Arrow – 918-258-7545, 1400 W. Washington, Broken Arrow, 74012
Boys & Girls Club Creek County/Sapulpa – 918-224-4415, 1721 S. Hickory, Sapulpa, 74066
Boys & Girls Club Sand Springs – 918-245-2237, 4403 S. 129th West Ave., Sand Springs, 74063
Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club – 918-834-2464, 1231 N. Harvard, Tulsa, OK 74115
North Mabee Boys & Girls Club – 918-425-7534, 3001 N Cincinnati, Tulsa, OK 74106
West Mabee Boys & Girls Club – 918-582-4327, 2143 S Olympia, Tulsa, OK 74107
8922 S. Memorial Dr., 918.249.0900
From their Facebook Page: "BounceU will be watching our teachers negotiations closely and if there is a walkout April 2nd, we will be offering daily camps for parents who want someplace for their kids to go. We will discount our normal summer daily rate from $35 to only $25 per day (9am-2pm...extended care will be available for additional cost). If you'd like to be on our interest list, please comment here [on the Facebook post] or message us directly."
In support of Oklahoma teachers and students, Theatre Tulsa will hold daily sessions of Broadway Academy if schools close due to the walkout scheduled for April 2. We will be holding classes during the day until all districts reopen. Classes include 8 hours of instruction from Theatre Tulsa’s education in the areas of dance, music, acting, technical theatre and will include time for studying. A morning snack and lunch will be provided to all students. This special session is intended for Theatre Tulsa students who need a place to be! This course is free of charge, however, enrollment is first come, first serve and space is limited. Learn more here.
3133 S. Harvard Ave., 918.747.5425
Motion Tulsa is offering daily drop-in daycare at the rate of $89/day, or $149/week for non-members. They will also be offering an ongoing Parent/Teacher Support Camp in the event of a teacher walkout. Learn more about Motion Tulsa's Parent/Teacher Support Camps here.
5085 S. 76th E. Ave., 918.574.4614 or 918.402.1662
415 E. Main St., Jenks, 918.299.5462
From their FB Event Page, Teacher Strike: Day Camp: "First Jenks understands the impact on families the teacher strike will have. We want to provide a safe fun environment for the children of our community on that day. We have a limit of 30 spots available. Please RSVP by 3/30/18 by calling (918) 299-5462."
403 S. Cincinnati Ave., 918.587.1571
From their Facebook Page: "As discussions around the potential school walkout on April 2 continue, we wanted to share information about how we are looking at ways to help the children who attend our partner schools. We are working with leadership from Garfield, Anderson and Springdale elementary schools to help those children most affected by the potential walkout. We also are working with local restaurants and food services to partner together to provide meals for the children at these these schools for the duration of the walkout.
'We understand our state is in a unique place right now. Teachers should be paid more to compete with surrounding states. But we also support our law makers as they deal with the complexities of the state budget. However, our main focus is on the children affected by the issue, and how they can be provided for — especially those who are food insecure.' Deron Spoo"
211 N. Cabaniss Ave., Bixby, 918.366.4841
From their Facebook Page: "Bixby Community Center is going to Host a
Walk Out Assitance Day Camp begins Monday April 2nd from 7:30 - 3:30pm. The cost is FREE! Parents must sign up children in advance here at Recreation Center or Over the Phone. We can only take up to 20 Kids. NO WALK IN's! IF you register over the phone you must fill out paperwork on first day of camp. Children can be between the ages of 5 - 18 years old. You must bring snacks and a non perishable lunch as well. Children must be dropped off by 7:30 am promptly and picked up promptly by 3:30pm. For more Info or to register over the phone please call 918-366-4841.
Sign Up between 9A - 9P Wednesday & Thursday, We are closed Friday."
7917 East 51st Street Tulsa, (918)-622-9336
2566 East Kenosha Broken Arrow, (918)-451-9336
14002 East 21st Street, Suite 400, (918)-794-8336
Playtime Plus is a drop-in childcare center with hourly rates. They will be open extended hours during a possible teacher walkout, on a first-come basis. Learn more here.
14775 S. Lewis Ave., Bixby, 918.640.2493
From their Facebook Page: "Eight Acres Camp will be open IF there is a teacher walkout beginning April 2nd. Camp hours 7am-6pm. $30 per day per child. Bring a sack lunch. Snacks and drinks provided. RSVP to 918-640-2493 to save a spot for your child. We will need registration forms available on our website. EightAcres.com"
1901 W. 171st St., Glenpool, 918.321.2720
From their Facebook page: "We are opening our campus for any and all students from any schools during teacher walkout starting April 2nd from 8am to 5pm each day for Free! We will provide a snack and a lunch. Go to our websitewww.faithchurchnow.com and click on the Child Care Walkout tab to reserve a spot! Hurry, there is only limited availability!
In case the walkout does occur, all of our volunteers/staff have background checks and a campus police officer will be on site. We will have plenty of fun activities for every age group planned out each day.
For any other questions or concerns visit our website anytime or call our church office (918) 321-2720 during our regular business hours." And
"Anyone wanting to Reserve a spot for their child for Free Daycare during Teacher Walkout can go to www.faithchurchnow.com and click on Child Care for Walkout tab."
8118-B S. Memorial Dr., 918.313.5518, firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of a teacher walkout, Dyslexia Center of Tulsa will offer children (K-12) the opportunity to visit the center and work on their reading or printing handwriting skills for up to 30 minutes per afternoon for free. Services are by appointment only; make an appointment by calling 918.313.5518 or emailing email@example.com.
Services are available Monday-Friday afternoons. Monday-Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. and Friday from 12-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
Soccer Center, 716 W. Main St., Jenks, 918.671.4410
709 S. Boston Ave.
From their Facebook page: "Opening Our Doors!
As discussions continue, First Church is evaluating how we might assist families in the event of a teacher walkout on April 2.
At present, we are working with leadership from our partner schools, Emerson Elementary School and Anderson Elementary School, to identify ways to help children affected by the potential walkout. We will keep you updated as we learn more from the principals and counselors. We are thrilled with the number of First Church members who have signed up to volunteer! If families need our help in April, we will have many arms to wrap around them. Until then, please continue to pray for all involved.
Questions? Please contact Duff Points at 918-584-4701."
300 Aquarium Dr., Jenks, 918.296.3474
Day Camp at the Oklahoma Aquarium
8:00a – 5:00 pm
$ 40 per day non members
$35 per day for members
**Day camp scholarship funding available for children who receive free or reduced lunches
Ages: 2nd – 6th grade
Registration is required, space is limited, must bring a sack lunch and wear closed toe shoes.
201 W. Houston, Broken Arrow, 918.994.6449
In the event of a teacher walkout, Ships Ahoy in Broken Arrow will be offering free child care on April 2 and 3 to children ages 4 and up who are not current enrolled at the facility. If the walkout extends beyond April 3, they will be offering childcare at a discounted rate. Call to reserve a spot.
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Gilcrease will waive admission for parents and caregivers accompanied by children April 3-6, 2018. Gilcrease serves as an educational community resource for Tulsa families throughout the year, but hopes free admission for parents and caregivers can assist families during this unique crisis should schools be closed the first week of April.
2027 N. MLK Jr. Blvd, 918.592.1186
John 3:16 will be enrolling 80-100 K through 8th grade students from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (6 p.m. on Thursday). Must apply beforehand.
Various locations, 918.549.7323
TCCL Libraries may be TPS Meal Sites and offer educational activities for school-aged children. Call 918.549.7323 for more information.
SeekingSitters offers hourly childcare services and has been working to match teachers needing work during this time with families who need care. To learn more about SeekingSitters, go to www.seekingsitters.com.
9102 S. Mingo Rd., 918.260.9511, 918.269.1863
Forest Park Christian Church in Tulsa (at 9102 S Mingo Road) will be open to elementary age children from any school district from 7:30am to 3:45pmon walkout days. Activities will be provided as well as breakfast, lunch and a snack. It’s all free, but space is limited so please call 918-260-9511 or 918-269-1836 to register as soon as possible.
Located at Kirk of the Hills, 4102 E. 61st St.
In support of Oklahoma teachers, Pathways Adult Learning Center is offering 8:30am to 5pm enrichm
560 N. Maybelle Ave., 918.295.8144
In support of education and Tulsa families, Discovery Lab will be offering single day camps throughout next week, April 2-6. Each day is a stand-alone camp, integrating new concepts and giving campers a preview of the week-long camps that will take place this summer at Discovery Lab.
$50 per day // Ages 6–9
April 2-6 // 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Additional $10 for before and after care (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Note: Please pre-register for each day separately. Should public schools resume classes, camps will be canceled and all registrants will receive a full refund.
307 E. M.B. Brady St., 918.585.1234
To support parents and students during the upcoming Oklahoma school closure, Living Arts will be offering programming for a maximum of 30 Junior High and High School students each day, Tuesdays - Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 6th - 12th grade students will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis, and parents/guardians must agree to all guidelines on the first day of a student's attendance through a signed permission slip. Students that do not follow guidelines will not continue participation. Programming will include the presentation of various movies, as well as step-by-step art activities. Visits to other arts organizations within the area may also occur. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Living Arts is not offering a replacement for the tireless efforts of our Oklahoma teachers, but rather a safe space for student creativity during this difficult time in public education. Learn more at their Facebook Event page.
111 E. M.B. Brady St.
From their Facebook page: "We’re taking these youth exercise classes outside to Guthrie Green! While schools are closed, on Tuesdays, try Youth Yoga with Bryana 11-11:45am, and Youth Zumba with Ashlee 1-1:45pm.
Thursdays: Youth Yoga 12-12:45, and Youth Zumba 1-1:45pm. Parents are welcome and encouraged to participate with their kids!!"
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is committed to supporting the nutritional needs of students should a teacher walkout ensue. Currently, the Food Bank is working on a coordinated effort with programs throughout our service area to find all avenues possible to support families and school personnel facing challenges of food insecurity in the event of school closures.
While the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is still working on coordinating a plan, up-to-date information can be found at okfoodbank.org/supportourstudents. Those interested in donating or volunteering during this time can find that information on this page as well.
From their Facebook Page: "Our teachers have been sacrificing for years to help children in our state in so many ways. We hope our Legislature will hear their cry for help and respond to prevent any need for a walkout. But if the teachers do have to walkout to help our state wake up, we will stand with them and step up to make sure children have the food they need.
We are currently raising funds and food in anticipation of that need. If you want to help, you can click below or donate at our website: donate.restorehope.org. You can also bring food to either our main location on Charles Page Blvd, our location at Asbury at 6910 S. 101st E Ave, any Christian Brothers Automotive location, or at Kiddlestix Toy Store. Special thanks to Christian Brothers Automotive Tulsa Hills for stepping up initially and to Kiddlestix for responding to the news story below and joining the effort.
You can join too! Share this post, comment to offer help, and call your legislator and the Speaker of the House (1-800-522-8502). We have a chance to help our teachers, help our kids, and help our state. Let's do this!"
If you live or teach in Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and need food please call our Emergency Food Pantry: 918-592-3000
or En Español: 918-760-0989
We deliver emergency groceries 5 days a week."
At Trinity Episcopal Church, 501 S. Cincinnati Ave.
Iron Gate serves unlimited meals from 8:30-10:30 a.m. 365 days a year. No requirements and no fees. Iron Gate also has a food pantry open Monday-Friday, 12-1 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn more at www.irongatetulsa.org
308 E. 1st St., 918.289.0544
From their Facebook page: "Tulsa Public School students eat free at Joe Momma’s on strike day [April 2]. Teachers get a 10% discount on food and free fountain drinks all the time. Thanks for taking care of our kids."
2027 N. MLK Jr. Blvd, 918.592.1186
TPS Meal Site: Breakfast will be served from 8-8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served from 12-12:30 p.m.
From their Facebook page: "BAPS kids will be out of school on Monday for the Teacher Walkout. You can show your support for BA kids in need by stopping by the Blessing Box and donating some kid-friendly food.
Or...Bring your own kids that will be out of school to donate to the Blessing Box! Make it a productive day. Thanks, BA!"
"Located in the east parking lot of First United Methodist Church - 112 E. College, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. The Broken Arrow Blessing Box is a free community food pantry for our neighbors in need."
Resources for Teachers
From their Facebook event page: "Teachers and staff at Kendall-Whittier Elementary School, Sequoyah Elementary School, Mayo Demonstration School and Will Rogers High School we will be able to assist you with emergency groceries during the planned school walkouts.
Beginning the week of March 26 and running through April 16 (or whenever schools reopen) we will have pickup available from 1-3 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at True Blue Neighbors Center for Community Engagement. You must call our Emergency Pantry ahead to make your request: 918-592-3000."
Through April 24, Mazzio's will be offering teachers a free dinner and drink on Tuesdays (with valid I.D.) beginning March 20.
10 N. Greenwood Ave., 918.576.6897
From their Facebook Page: "Yo, teach! We’re pulling for you! Full time teachers contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a PROMO CODE so you can sweat it out and breathe it out with us in April. "
From their Facebook Page: "Just a reminder from a few months back, Tulsa area teachers get a 15% discount till forever. And just in case our state legislature can’t get their [edited] together, feel free to come in and hang with your kids as long as the walkout lasts. We’re ready for it to be a bit noisy and would love to offer you a drip coffee (on us) until the walkouts are over. Cheers, we’re here for Oklahoma Teachers. - The Foolish Things Team"
1734 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City
Beginning March 27, Empire Slice House officially rolls out “Empire for Education,” in support of Oklahoma’s teachers. The program offers Oklahoma state educators a free meal (small salad, slice of pizza and a drink) anytime of the day, any day of the week, at Empire when they show their school ID.
The program is CEO of 84 Hospitality, Rachel Cope’s response to supporting the Oklahoma Education Association’s work towards increasing salaries for the state’s teachers.
“Yesterday the House passed a $5,000 – $7,000 pay raise for OK educators (short of the $10,000 they asked for, but progress is good) by increasing taxes on cigarettes, oil and gas, etc. We stand with our educators and firmly believe that children are the future and deserve to get more than a 48th ranked education. We hope that others will join us in rewarding and supporting our teachers as we continue to push toward these goals,” said Cope.
Until the bill goes into effect and wages for Oklahoma’s educators increase, teachers will have a free meal* a day at Empire – to thank them for all they do.
SeekingSitters has been working to match teachers who still need to work during this time with families in need of care. Learn more at www.seekingsitters.com.
From their Facebook page: "Beginning April 2, for as long as schools are closed for the teacher walkout, use of our six membership facilities is FREE for school district employees and their families. Not a member? Simply bring proof of employment and enjoy everything our facilities have to offer—amazing pools, group exercise classes, and wonderful childcare!"
From their Facebook page: "For the duration of the Oklahoma Education walkout, Monday-Friday from 11AM-3PM, we will offer a free slice to all Oklahoma elementary, middle, and high school employees. Must present employee ID when placing order. Because pizza brings people together. #WeveGotYouOklahoma"
"Dwight Mission Camp and Conference Center seeks to serve the families of Oklahoma educators by providing a rewarding summer camp experience to the children of local teachers at a 50% discount....
The overnight camp located outside of Vian, Oklahoma is offering teachers’ families a 50% discount for the first two campers from a family and a 100% discount for additional campers from the same family attending during the same week.
“Summer camp can be a transformative and enriching experience, but often times, it can also be a financial challenge that many families might not be able to undertake,” says Dwight Mission Board of Directors’ Secretary Colleen Thurston. “With the Teachers’ Family Discount, more Oklahoma children will have the opportunity to engage in an unplugged week of outdoor exploration, arts and crafts, games and activities in a peaceful and unique setting.”
The Oklahoma Teachers’ Family Discounts are available during the following weeks:
- June 24 -30 – Discounts are available for up to 50 Campers
- July 8-14 – Discounts are available for up to 50 Campers
- July 15-21 – Discounts are available for up to 100 Campers
Camps are intended for youth entering grades 3 – 12. Specific camp descriptions as well as registration forms are available on the Dwight Mission website at www.DwightMission.org."