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Members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club’s Lawton chapter and the American Legion Post 29 donate a check for $1,050 raised during a poker run April 20 for B.C. Swinney Elementary School’s special needs playground Tuesday morning. Shown are members of the club and some of the students who will use the new equipment. Presenting the check was, second-from-left, “Cotton,” president of the Lawton chapter of the I.O.M.C.......

Iron Order Club donates to school

The rumble of Harley-Davidson motorcycle engines meant cash for special needs students at B.C. Swinney Elementary School Tuesday morning.

Members of the Lawton Chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and the American Legion presented a check to Swinney Principal Traci Newell for $1,050 to help pay for the school's new special needs playground.

The motorcycle club and the American Legion co-sponsored a poker run April 20 that raised the money, said Kyle Cunningham, finance officer for the American Legion and a special education teacher at Swinney.

The Iron Order, which has had a chapter in Lawton for about two years, does a few charity events throughout the year, said "Cotton," the chapter president.

"Cotton" said he has a niece who is a special needs student, so when he found out Swinney was raising money for a playground that will have equipment designed for use by children with various disabilities, he was happy to help out. He added the Iron Order will be hosting another poker run with the American Legion next month to raise money for autistic children, but details haven't been finalized yet.

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