Twenty Lane GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. The students were greeted by Museum Director Cindy Wallis who gave them a brief overview of the museum exhibits and introduced them to Clyde and Elsie Frost, the parents of world renown bull rider, Lane Frost, who is featured in an exhibit in the museum. Mrs. Frost shared Lane’s story including moving to the students’ community of Lane, OK and living in Atoka. She recounted his rodeo experiences and achievements, his untimely death, and the years since the accident. Students ask questions and took pictures with the Frosts.
After the interview, Wallis guided the students through the museum where they explored the area’s history and culture. Students viewed exhibits honoring Atoka county notorieties such as singer Reba McEntire and Oscar winning Matthew Mungle. They were given a walking tour of the museum property which includes a Civil War Cemetery and several historical buildings.
The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP. Eastern received a $17 million federal GEAR UP grant in 2017, and will serve more than 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.