Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP recently purchased a variety of technology items for area GEAR UP schools to assist with the schools’ needs for virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each GEAR UP school indicated its immediate need to help conduct virtual education for students. GEAR UP spent over $194,650 on laptops, headsets and Chromebooks. The technology was distributed to cohort schools based on the requested need. 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.
Eighteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently attended Symphony by the Sea at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Aquarium partnered with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra to create an experience combining both arts and science. The students were guided by Oklahoma Aquarium Education Specialist, Alyssa Rodriguez, through three galleries in the aquarium to learn about a particular animal or habitat from the aquarium combined with a selected musical ensemble. Bokoshe GEAR UP students and staff enjoyed the sharks and strings performance where they learned how the sharks respond to the string musicians as they performed in
Sixteen Bokoshe eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the University Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Bailey Rush and NSU Student Ambassadors Montana Hale and Benjamin Smith. Rush presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students toured campus. The first stop on the tour was Seminary Hall, the oldest building on campus. The next stops on the tour were Centennial Plaza, Bagley Hall, and the
Twenty-five Bokoshe seventh- and eighth-grade GEAR UP students recently visited Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. The two-story museum consists of a wide array of hands-on activities that allow students to have fun in an engaging way. The museum is home to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and Oklahoma’s hands-on science museum with more than 35,000 square feet range of science experiments, art, and history. GEAR UP students learned about various exhibits throughout the museum including CurioCity’s eight neighborhoods ranging from the Wunderground, a cave-like environment where students can explore, problem solve, and navigate obstacles to Spark Park, a complete physics circus.
Twenty–four Bokoshe seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Carl Albert State College in Poteau and the University of Arkansas campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The tour began in Hemphill Hall at Carl Albert State College (CASC). CASC Student Ambassador and Recruiter Hunter Sisemore greeted the students and introduced them to CASC Student Ambassadors Gloria Evans and D’Karre Lynch. Evans and Lynch explained that Hemphill Hall would become very familiar to future students because it contains the Office of Admissions, Business Office, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, Student Success Center, and Educational Opportunity Center (EOC). The next stop was
Seventeen Bokoshe 6th and 7th grade students were welcomed to Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville with a grand tour ride through Haunted Grove Trail experiencing the wildlife of American Bison (buffalo), elk (wapiti), North European fallow deer, llamas, ostriches, water buffalo, ducks, and a variety of birds. The 3,700 acre wildlife preserve is home to more than 30 varieties of native and exotic animals and birds. It is a working ranch that maintains the animals for the enjoyment of our guests in a natural, protected setting. Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, created the Woolaroc preserve in