Downtown Claremore gives back to local schools


A month-long school supply drive by downtown Claremore merchants led to additional school supplies in the classroom for three local schools.

The Downtown Claremore Merchant’s Association hosted a school supply drive through the month of August, culminating at Food Truck Thursday Downtown School Daze on Aug. 31.

Shoppers were urged to donated school supplies to Claremore, Verdigris or Sequoyah schools, placing a donation in one of the three labeled boxes in each of the participating businesses. Many stores offered discounts to shoppers who donated.

Each school received an 18×18 box full of school supplies for classrooms or families who needed the help the most. Sheila Giannelli, president of the association and owner of Vintique Charm, delivered them.

“The schools were appreciative of the donations and were happy that we cared enough to host a month-long event to benefit the local schools,” Giannelli said.

Additionally, Food Truck Thursday Downtown School Daze included a dunk tank featuring elementary school principals and teachers. Fifty percent of the proceeds were donated back to the participating schools – Catalayah, Westside, Roosa, Claremont and Sequoyah – divided evenly into $50 per school.

The Downtown Claremore Merchants Association was established to unite the business professionals downtown to improve relations and support economic growth of downtown Claremore.



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