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Thumbs up to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church for dipping into the community tithe to forgive $500 in missed lunch and breakfast payments at Emerson Middle School, motivated by the growing debt districtwide.

At an August school board meeting, Enid Public Schools administrators announced the district is saddled with $60,000 in food debt. Doubling $30,000 from the previous year, which was double the $15,000 from the year before that.

With Emerson a block away, the Rev. John Toles thought the church could help out its neighbors.

The school has a free or reduced-price lunch rate around 85%, one of the highest in the district.

Emerson Principal Candice Wojciechowsky said she’s very appreciative of the donation. So is our community.

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More thumbs up to an Emerson teacher for raising funds through a nonprofit organization that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects.

Dr. Sylvie Fontaine Jacobs hopes to encourage collaboration among her students with four whiteboard tables in a project she posted to DonorsChoose.org. Whiteboard tables are used to enhance teaching and learning.

Jacobs is among more than 11,000 teachers from Oklahoma public schools who have had projects funded on DonorsChoose.org. Oklahoma teachers have raised $19 million from nearly 68,000 donors to fund more than 33,000 classroom project requests. The projects have inspired donors to reach across state borders with 47% of the donations to Oklahoma projects coming from outside the state.

Jacobs needs to raise an additional $661 to reach her goal and must raise the funds by Dec. 6. The project will impact 90 students.

To make a donation to the project or view further information, visit https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.htm l?id=4286638#.

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Last, but not least, thumbs up to those honored at Gaslight Theatre’s annual Charlie Awards.

While the Christianne Chase-directed “Mamma Mia!” was the big winner — named Best Musical and Best Play with actors and actresses in the play winning six awards — we’d like to honor all of the talented winners and nominees. Your hard work and dedication should be commended.

Founded in 1966 under its original name of Enid Community Theatre, Gaslight is one of Oklahoma’s oldest and most active community theaters.

We hope the momentum will keep right on rolling. Gaslight will mark the opening of its 2019-2020 season with the highly acclaimed British farce, “One Man, Two Guvnors,” running Sept. 6-8 and 12-14.

Tickets are available by calling the Gaslight Theatre box office at (580) 234-2307, or online at gaslighttheatre.org.

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