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.
Haileyville ninth and tenth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Carl Albert State College. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Skylar Wilkins, Paige Labor, Macie Graves, Annie Dawson, Jenessa Dugger, Shayden Cole, Alex Pease, Lydia Zachary, Chelsea Easter, Shelby Ranells, Mariah Shamasco, De’Marion Bickham, (back row) Toby Easter, Caleb Hatcher, Akiera Hawk, Braden Suter, Tyler Wagstaff, Jaylon Hughes, Jaymen Jones, Wyatt Beers, Brennan Kuykendall, James Meek, Alex Richards, Christopher Johnson, Dylan Parks and Elijah Tackett.
Twenty-three Haileyville eighth and ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. The tour began in the Fine Arts Building, where the students met with the Director of Recruitment, Logan Nero. She provided the students with a handout about the college and the programs they have to offer. Nero informed the students about admissions, twenty-five different degree options, tuition fees, concurrent enrollment, and student life on campus. Nero then gave the students a walking tour of the college. They visited the library, seen housing options, the gym, and the classroom building, which is the oldest
Haileyville eighth and ninth grade students visit The Durant State Fish Hatchery and Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetary
At the Durant State Fish Hatchery, students learned about the history and efforts of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Fisheries Division. Specifically, students gained an in-depth knowledge of the Florida largemouth bass production program, which allows the State Fish Hatchery technicians to produce trophy-sized bas that are stocked in public Oklahoma lakes. During the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery visit, students participated in an outdoor walking tour of the Civil War Cemetery, learning about the history of the Civil War in Southeast Oklahoma. Students also toured the museum, which includes history of Atoka County, such as displays of
Thirty-six Haileyville seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured NSU (Northeastern State University) in Tahlequah. Students began the day at the W. Roger Webb Educational Technology Center where they were greeted by NSU Campus Visit Program Graduate Assistant Gabby Clayton and NSU Representatives Kaylee Switzer and Cash Bridges. Bridges presented students with an overview of NSU, including information about admissions and scholarships, campus life activities, and degree programs. After the presentation, students began a self-guided tour aided by GEAR UP Education Coordinator Brianna Brassfield. “The self-guided tour is a new program for younger NSU visitors,” said Brassfield. “It
Thirty-seven Haileyville seventh and eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City. The museum and memorial were established to remember and honor those who were killed, those who survived, and those who were affected by the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. In the months after the bombing, it became apparent that there was overwhelming support for the creation of a permanent memorial and museum. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was home to 17 federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture, Social Security Administration,
Thirty-one Haileyville sixth and seventh grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, Okla. The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art offered students a glimpse into Jewish art, culture, traditions, and history, including the Holocaust. Students were led through the museum by docents, Donna Berryhill and Minnie Cunningham. “One lesson from the Holocaust is that we should always remember what happened,” said Berryhill, Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art Docent. The museum and its collections began in 1965 when a local synagogue brought a traveling exhibit to Tulsa from a Jewish museum in