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Clayton GEAR UP Students Visit Oklahoma Science Museum

Clayton 10th grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Oklahoma Science Museum in Oklahoma City. Students engaged in hands-on learning projects with interactive science pieces found throughout the kid-friendly museum. Students learned about gravity, motion, electricity, color and geology just to name a few of the many science concepts offered at the museum. After exploring the museum, students attended a showing of Stars in the planetarium. Originally founded in 1958, the Oklahoma Science Museum is a popular destination for kids of all ages. The variety of interactive displays make learning fun for all science explorers both young and old. The

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Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP sponsors virtual Chad Cargill ACT Test Prep Workshop for GEAR UP sophomores

550 area high school sophomore GEAR UP students from 30 schools learned how to better prepare for the ACT as they attended a virtual, three-hour workshop presented by Chad Cargill, Founder and President of Cargill Consulting, Inc. The workshop was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP—Ignite Belief grant program. During high school, Cargill knew he needed to earn scholarships in order to attend Oklahoma State University. During his freshman year in high school, Cargill discovered that many scholarships were based on ACT scores; therefore, he took the ACT a total of 18 times raising his score from a

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Clayton Ninth and Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students take Virtual Tour of Texas A&M University

Clayton ninth and tenth grade Eastern Oklahoma State GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Texas A&M University hosted by FOCUS Training, an EOSC GEAR UP Partner. The virtual tour began with a welcome from Latrell Armstrong, FOCUS Training representative. Students were given an overview of the university which included the admission requirements, tuition, housing costs, and student life information. Next students were given a virtual tour of Texas A&M University campus. Following the tour students were given an opportunity to ask questions about the university. Armstrong discussed the importance of asking questions about the college and

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Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP Partner Schools Receive Technology During COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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Clayton ninth grade GEAR UP students tour Eastern Oklahoma State College

Clayton ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College) in Wilburton. EOSC Recruiter Karen Darby welcomed the student at the E. E. Tourtellotte Student Center, and led them on a walking tour of campus. The first stop on the tour was the nursing department located in Gunning Hall. Darby explained the life-like simulators found in the skills lab as well as the continuing need for nurses now and in the future.Maria Martinez, Director of Library and Media Services, greeted the group at the Bill H. Hill Library Building. Martinez spoke to students

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Clayton eighth grade GEAR UP students tour Eastern Oklahoma State College

Clayton eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured EOSC (Eastern Oklahoma State College) in Wilburton. EOSC Recruiter Karen Darby welcomed the students at the E. E. Tourtellotte Student Center, and led them on a walking tour of campus. The first stop on the tour was the nursing department located in Gunning Hall. Darby explained how the life-like simulators operate as well as the continuing need for nurses now and in the future. Maria Martinez, Director of Library and Media Services, greeted the group at the Bill H. Hill Library Building. Martinez spoke about the importance of the library in college

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Clayton eighth-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Eighth-grade GEAR UP students from Clayton recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film of the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students were led on a tour of the museum by Louanne Weir, volunteer with the National Park Service. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Weir explained to the students that during the time of its use, the room held approximately 100 men year round with little ventilation and no running water. Prisoners drank from a small water barrel

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Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film about the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students went on a tour of the museum led by John Hagan, historian and docent. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Students learned about the unpleasant living conditions that were found in prison and about how difficult life was for the prisoners. Hagan then gave students a short history lesson over the area and the relationship that existed between

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Clayton GEAR UP students tour Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Clayton 7th and 8th grade GEAR UP students recently toured Southeastern Oklahoma State University, “The Campus of a Thousand Magnolias.” Students were welcomed by University Admissions Counselor/Recruiter Sheridan Burns and Admissions Counselor and Transfer Recruiter Charles Jackson. The tour began in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. Next, Burns and Jackson led the Clayton students to the Paul Laird Field, the football stadium that was renovated with funding by the city of Durant sales tax. Students were then taken to the horseshoe–shaped area of the campus around which most of the campus buildings stand. Students walked past Morrison Hall which

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