Even the Tulsa schools superintendent, Deborah Gist, marched alongside the teachers.
Hoxie said hours of pounding the pavement led to many blisters. But the teachers didn’t quit.
As they got closer to the capital, the teachers marched to the song “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
Along the way, the teachers encountered extreme acts of generosity.
There was the law firm that bought 60 pizzas for the group. The sanitation company that set up portable toilets along a bleak part of the route. And the anonymous donor who saved the day when the teachers didn’t have a place to stay.
Shortly after they started their journey, Cody fretted about finding shelter for the teachers in Chandler, Oklahoma — where they were expected to arrive two days later.
Then a stranger came to the rescue.
“I get a phone call from someone who wanted to remain anonymous, who said: “I have $500. How would you like to spend that?’ Cody said. “Then he called me back and said, ‘Actually, double that. I have a friend who’s going to match that. So make that $1,000.”
They spent the $1,000 on 14 rooms at an Econo Lodge in Chandler.
“So we did to get to sleep one night in a bed,” Hoxie fondly recalled.
During their last night, doctors and massage therapists who heard about their journey and wanted to help showed up at Jones High School, where teachers slept in the library.
Some of the greatest outpourings of support came in rural communities, where residents offered anything they had — food, water and words of encouragement.
“The communities we’ve gone through have just been incredible,” Cody said. “This is a true example of why teachers stay in Oklahoma.”
She just hopes the sacrifices made by Tulsa teachers resonate with lawmakers.
“We just walked 110 miles for our students,” she said. “What are you willing to do for our students?”