deer creek students licking toes
Deer Creek School District released a statement Friday afternoon after a video was sent to Fox 25 that showed students licking toes during an event for the school's Wonderful Week of Fundraising.

"It was surprising," an anonymous student told Fox 25. "I didn't think they were going to do all that. I was just shocked. I didn't really have like a feeling. I was kind of disgusted, and then kind of glad I wasn't over there."

"Whenever she told me yesterday that was happening, I had to ask her, 'Wait, what? They're licking peanut butter off of toes," an anonymous parent said. "What?"

The week was spent raising money for Not Your Average Joe Coffee, which employs people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities.

"I am all for fundraising and all for really fun and silly things, but that right there just seems a little excessive," the parent said.

The district said that on Thursday, Deer Creek High School hosted an assembly called Clash of Classes for students to pay to attend.

Students in 9th through 12th grades volunteered to participate in different class competitions, according to the district.

Deer Creek Schools noted that every student who participated signed up for the games ahead of time and that no Deer Creek faculty or staff participated during the assembly.

The district also said students were paired up with corresponding grade levels for the competition where students were seen in the video licking toes.

The district said $152,830.38 was raised for Not Your Average Joe Coffee during the fundraising week.

You can read Deer Creek School District's full statement below:
This afternoon, Deer Creek High School announced a grand total of $152,830.38 raised for Not Your Average Joe Coffee, an organization created to 'inspire our community by including students and adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities,' according to their website. This total was raised through a week of events and activities at both Deer Creek High School and Deer Creek Middle School, all designed to bring our community together for an extremely impactful organization. On Thursday, February 29, 2024, Deer Creek High School hosted an assembly called the Clash of Classes for students who paid to attend. During this assembly, ninth through twelfth grade students volunteered to participate in various student-organized class competitions, in the spirit of raising money for NYAJ. All participants in the assembly were students who signed up for the game(s) they played ahead of time. No Deer Creek faculty or staff participated in any of the games during this Clash of Classes assembly. Many dedicated students gave generously of their personal time to achieve this momentous accomplishment, which will serve communities beyond the boundaries of Deer Creek. We would like to thank all of the patrons, businesses and sponsors who contributed to the success of this year's Wonderful Week of Fundraising.
"It's really great that they raised a lot of money," The parent said. "I feel like maybe they could've done a little bit more accountability and ownership in that statement for, 'Hey, you know, maybe we didn't fully think this thing through here."

State Superintendent Ryan Walters took to X Friday evening and said in part 'we are cleaning up this filth in Oklahoma schools.'