Boy Scouts to assemble emergency backpacks for Tulsa teachers

Dozens of Tulsa Boy Scouts will be putting together 3,500 emergency classroom bags.

Nearly 100 Boy Scouts, adult leaders and alumni of Troop 26 will help put together at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11, at the TPS maintenance facility.

Charlie Calhoun, assistant scoutmaster for Troop 26, tells KRMG that the Boy Scouts are happy to help. Calhoun says, "We are honored that Tulsa Public Schools asked us to support them on this project.  TPS believes that this is an important part of keeping our kids safe in school.   We felt that if this could help, even just a little bit, it was something we should do."

Each bag is red, labeled “Emergency” and has backpack style straps so teachers can carry one and have their hands free.

Bob Roberts, emergency preparedness director for Tulsa Public Schools, tells KRMG that the bags are needed.

Roberts says, "What we're hearing from a lot of teachers was, 'We really wish we had some quick supplies we can take with us with the kids.'"

Each bag will have the necessary supplies teachers need if they ever have to take action.

Roberts says, "If they have to get out of the classroom in a hurry, they can grab this on their way out the door and take it with them and they'll have some basic supplies with them."

The Boy Scouts will pack bags with:

  • flashlights
  • small first aid kits
  • tissues
  • whistles
  • bottled water

Teachers will add a classroom roster and TPS Classroom Emergency materials once they receive the bags.

Roberts hopes the bags are never needed.

Roberts says, "We always hope that we don't have emergencies and everything goes smoothly but we know we live in Oklahoma and we know bad things happen."

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