AMARILLO- With recent budget cuts to education funding across the state, schools in the Panhandle have had to make drastic decisions when it comes to budgeting extracurricular activities.
Now, several Amarillo schools may soon see expanding after school programs thanks to a generous donation presented to the Amarillo Education Foundation April 12.
Local Toot N' Totums have partnered with the Amarillo Education Foundation to raise funds to benefit area children. At 4:15 p.m., a check was presented to the foundation and NewsChannel 10 was there to catch all the action!
Dozens of residents showed up to the Toot N' Totum convenience store off 34th and Bell as the station handed over a check for $102,630.
"We're dedicated to making sure children have more in order to insure their future," Susan Stevenson with the Amarillo Education Foundation said after receiving the donation.
The partnership between the two organization began 4 years ago.
"Over $400,000 throughout the course of 4 years has gone right back to our education system in some form or fashion," Andrew Mitchell with Toot N' Totum said.
This year, gas stations were selling $10 raffle tickets for the chance to win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro.
We're told 100-percent of the proceeds will go right back into the education system.
"Whether it be track and field, Spanish club or choir, the organization can use the money for their purposes," Stevenson said.
Without funding from outside organizations, Stevenson says it would be hard to keep activities and programs running throughout school districts.
"Extra curricular activities keep a lot of kids in school and the money also goes for education purposes like Speech and Debate and Spanish," she said.
We're told the money is equally divided between academics and after school activities.
Many within the community hope this partnership will last for years to come.
"This got the adults and students involved," Mitchell said.