| Chairs donated from the Hertz Corporation fill the old PE building. |
The old PE building was filled up with office chairs after the Hertz Corporation donated approximately 300 to Mustang Public Schools this month. Jerry Teddy, Oklahoma City security manager for the Hertz Corporation, said the company is replacing original furnishings like chairs and couches. Hertz has donated equipment to MPS before and Teddy, a Mustang resident, decided to offer the chairs to the district.
"It would have been a shame to throw them away when they're still useful," he said. "Mustang has always been receptive to taking used cabinets and office supplies."
Alan Green, director of facilities, said there was no question whether Mustang would pick up the chairs. He coordinated with Maintenance Supervisor Wilson Grider and his crew including Frank Matthews, Joe Murray, Ryan Rainwater and Josh Monday. They made three trips to the Hertz Corporation to transport all the chairs back to MPS.
The chairs were first offered to principals in case they had a "bulk" need, Green said. One school picked up a set for a conference room. Another outfitted a computer lab with a set of chairs. Once the principals had taken care of those needs, an email was sent out district wide.
"Employees are coming by to pick them up in droves," he said. "Given the budget crisis this donation came at a perfect time."
There may be 10 to 20 percent of the chairs still waiting in the old PE building for a new home, but most of them have been picked up or claimed with a sticky note.
"The original value of those chairs was $350 to $450 each," Green said. "We are so thankful that Jerry thought of Mustang first."