Miss Cherokee Sky Wildcat, Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Janees Taylor, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, ONE FIRE poster contest winners Sophie Dewey and Mia Fell, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Jefferson Elementary School teacher Erin King and ONE FIRE Admin Operations Manager Shawna Duch.
, Okla. —Jefferson Elementary School students in Pryor raised $500 to assist victims of violence who are helped through the Cherokee Nation’s Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Victim Services office.
Students walked laps every day at school during the last semester of the school year and earned 4 cents per lap. Combined, the students walked more than 12,000 laps.
“Jefferson Elementary is proud to support the mission of the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Victim Services Office,” said Erin King, a Jefferson Elementary teacher, whose father was the late Charles L. Head. Head was the former Secretary of State for the Cherokee Nation and was working on establishing an office for victims of violence before he passed away in a car crash in 2013.
In 2013, the office was created and named the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Task Force and Victim Services Office in his honor. It provides services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and dating violence not only in the tribe’s jurisdiction, but also in the surrounding communities. In 2016, ONE FIRE served 233 individuals, with more than 75 served to date in 2017.
Cherokee Nation officials visited the Pryor school on May 10 to accept the donation.
“The heart and generosity displayed by this great group of kids is tremendous. It’s a change of pace for the tribe. We usually are the people donating to worthwhile causes, but in this instance, these students took it upon themselves to support an organization that helps some of our most vulnerable, and that is very commendable and honorable,” said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. “The Pryor community should feel very good about their future with kids like these.”
The school also held a ONE FIRE-themed poster contest. Fourth-grader Sophie Dewey and fifth-grader Mia Fell won a free lunch for them and a friend.
For more information about the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Victim Services office, visit www.cherokee.org/onefire
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