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A Pocket Full of Hope says its facilities were taken without warning

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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 9/11/2013 10:21 pm Published: 9/11/2013 10:16 pm

Every week, about 40 kids from at risk areas of Tulsa step out of the norm, and into opportunity.

"I think it's vital to North Tulsa," said Courtney Johnson.

Johnson has grown up in A Pocket Full of Hope's program. Johnson said members have been meeting Dr. Lester Shaw at Anderson Elementary School up to three times a week.

They practiced dance routines, plays, and received tutoring. However, recently, Shaw said doors at the school have locked.

"When you're a priority to someone, they keep you in the loop," said Shaw.

Shaw said Anderson's faculty had worked out a deal with his program. He'd sign an agreement at the beginning of the school year that allowed him access to the auditorium.

"I thought we were important, I thought we had a relationship with the school," said Shaw.

He said the school's secretary told him the auditorium was under construction, per the principal, and he'd need to be out immediately.

"I was devastated," said Johnson.

Shaw said he snapped pictures of the auditorium a couple of days ago, and everything looked to be in place.

"I didn't know if they didn't want us there anymore, or our kids being there," said Shaw.

FOX23 reached out to the school's principal, Tracy Thompson. Thompson would not speak on camera, but she did tell FOX23, "This is all a misunderstanding."

Shaw said Thompson won't return his calls. Meantime, Thompson told FOX23 she loves Shaw's program.

"I didn't know what to think," said Shaw.

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