“I am overwhelmed, humbled and so proud of these kids,” she said after hearing how much SPUD Week had raised.
The last family to receive help from SPUD funds is the Pittman family. Jean and EH Pittman have been married almost 10 years and have two children, Izzabele and Logan Pittman. EH is a veteran who served in Afghanistan.
When the May tornadoes hit last year, EH was working part-time at a 7-Eleven. He was paralyzed from the waist down and suffered two punctured lungs.
The last recipient, CCFI, offers strength-based programs and services to aide and educate families coping with abuse, neglect, divorce, separation, teenage pregnancy, a lack of quality out-of-school care or other adverse experiences.
“We all took part in an amazing week that was life-changing for our recipients, as well as our own lives,” Kaufmann said.
The money raised will be divided among the families and CCFI, based on need.
To arrive at the high $160,000-plus total, Norman North worked on the fundraiser all year long, beginning last May.
Since 2001, Norman North SPUD fundraisers have raised more than $750,000 to support students and families in the community. This week, students had various assemblies and restaurant nights to raise funds.
SPUD Royalty raised more than $60,000. This committee works all year on planning their own events to raise money for SPUD Week. Juniors Alex Mcmillan and Mackie Stoops were named king and queen, respectively, for raising more money than any other Norman North students.
Students, clubs and organizations joined the fundraising efforts as well, including SWAT, $125; Newspaper, $500; DECA, $800; Native American Club, $349; Key Club, $412; Teen Volunteers, $350; Multicultural, $380; Softball, $170; Spanish Club, $150; Mu Alpha Theta, $127; Rotary, $314.75; GSA, $100; and National Honors Society $115.
During the closing ceremonies, Cutter Elliot performed “Cowboy Rides Away,” and the Norman mixed choir sang “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”