Instead of relying on a bake sale or jog-a-thon to raise money, the Osage Language Immersion School is just cranking it up to 11.
On Dec. 19, Osage musician Natalie Brady will perform a benefit concert for Daposka Ahnkodapi at Pawhuska’s Constantine Theater.
Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults with all proceeds benefitting the immersion school. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Originally from Tulsa and a graduate of Union High School, Brady currently lives and performs in Nashville. She appeared earlier this year on NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.”
The concert is being organized by a group of immersion school parents as part of an on-going effort to support the two-year-old school’s faculty and staff.
“I think we’re just as excited for her to come as she is,” parent committee member Amy Shackelford said. “It’s cool – our kids can say ‘You’re from a small town in Oklahoma, you’re Osage and you can still do all these things.’ It’s really a pursue your passion kind of story.”
In addition to the concert, the parent committee also launched a GoFundMe page in conjunction with #GivingTuesday, the unofficial start of the holiday charitable giving season. As of Dec. 10, the page has raised more than $2,000, including a donation from David Grann, the author of “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
Donations generated through the GoFundMe page will go towards buying classroom supplies from a teacher-generated wish list.
Currently, the school serves students through second grade with plans to add a grade each year and is working towards achieving accreditation as a private school.
“We want our school to succeed, go to 12th grade and be there when our grandchildren are old enough to go to school,” Shackelford said. “Our main focus is the teachers – we respect what they’re doing. What they’re doing for our children is huge.”