ConsumerAffairs is providing a safe place for children of employees to stay and learn during the statewide teacher walkout.


"This is a very disruptive thing for our employees," said Eric Jenkins, Chief Operating Officer. "We thought it would he helpful to provide some [assistance] for them."

A makeshift schoolhouse has been created in the building, complete with chalkboards, interactive games, and snacks. Children are bringing their school textbooks and homework so they can continue to work during their time out of school. ConsumerAffairs has partnered with a few local teachers to be on-hand to answer questions the kids may have as they work on their assignments.

"The setting will be homeschool style and run by 2 or 3 teachers," explained Ashley Hulsey, Office Administrator, who was instrumental in setting up the program. "We do not want the kids to get behind due to the strike but instead use this time as continue learning."

In total, about 10% of the Tulsa office has been affected by the walkout, and 25 kids were signed up to participate in the free program.

One of those affected employees is Scott Cooksey, who works in Sales Enablement.

"My wife and I both work downtown and, with a kindergartener, even a normal week can be tricky to coordinate schedules," he explained. "Having this benefit during a situation as fluid as the walkout has given us tremendous peace of mind."

Leslie Araskog, who works as executive assistant to Jenkins and ConsumerAffairs' CEO Zac Carman, is bringing her two children to the program this week.

"The kids were a bit apprehensive as they walked into the new space, but they quickly introduced themselves to each other and hit the ground running," she noted. "I am so proud of our company for doing this, and so happy that it has all come together on such short notice."