Haileyville GEAR UP Students Explore The Outsiders House Museum

Fifteen Haileyville ninth and tenth-grade GEAR UP students recently toured The Outsiders House Museum in Tulsa, OK. The tour began with guide Donnie Rich telling the students about the book’s author S. E. Hinton, who currently lives in the Tulsa area. Hinton wrote The Outsiders book her sophomore year in high school and received a D on the writing assignment. The book was then published in her junior year of high school. Students explored the house where the movie was filmed in 1983. They viewed never before seen photos and movie artifacts. Some of the artifacts were of outfits from the movie, as well as the director’s chair. Rich shared stories about scenes from the film. After the house tour, students walked to a lot and to Crutchfield Park, where the fight scene was filmed. At the end of the tour, they visited the gift shop and saw memorabilia from the movie and book. After the Outsiders House Museum tour, GEAR UP students ate lunch at Cici’s pizza. 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 over 3,000 students in 39 area schools for seven years.

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