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McAlester GEAR UP Students Take a Virtual Tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum

Two hundred fifty-three McAlester freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students participated in a virtual tour of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The tour began with an introduction of the tour guides Kathy Garber, Carol Pinker, and Veronique Jonas and a brief talk about the history and mission of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. The museum was founded in 1984 by a group of Dallas area Holocaust Survivors. The museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.  They then lead students through exhibits in the Holocaust/Shoah Wing, showing them artifacts from

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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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McAlester Tenth Grade GEAR UP Students Virtually Tour Seminole State College

One hundred forty-three McAlester tenth grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Seminole State College. Due to COVID-19, and following the school’s safety procedures, adjustments were made to the normal on-campus college field trip to give students the opportunity to learn about college at SSCOK. Using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, students connected with SSCOK Recruitment Specialist Britney Honsinger who discussed several topics, the benefit to attending a community college, the differences between a bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree, academic programs offered at SSCOK, tuition and fees costs, financial aid, and admissions requirements. Honsinger also

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McAlester Ninth Grade GEAR UP Students Virtually Tour Northeastern State University

One hundred sixty-three McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students recently participated in a virtual tour of Northeastern State University. Due to COVID-19, and complying with the school’s safety standards, adjustments were made to the normal on-campus college field trip to give students an insight to a college experience at NSU. NSU representative Sara Ryals connected with the students via Zoom, which is a video conferencing platform. Ryals introduced herself and shared her experience as a NSU student. She also showed the students a virtual tour of NSU’s Tahlequah campus. She then talked to the students about NSU’s history, degree programs

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McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students visit Southeastern Oklahoma State University Part 2

Sixty-six McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured SOSU (Southeastern Oklahoma State University) in Durant. Students began the day in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union to meet On-campus Recruiter and Admissions Counselor Sarah Hughes. Hughes began a walking tour of campus where students saw Morrison Hall, the oldest building on campus and home to the education department. Hughes then proceeded to show the students other buildings on campus, such as the Administration Building and the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library. Students learned about receiving free admission to campus activities, gaining access to free campus parking, and renting textbooks

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McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students tour the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery Part 2

Thirty-five McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. The tour began in the museum where students saw various exhibits. There were a series of exhibits, which showcased the lifestyles of the late 1800s and early 1900s, including a doctor’s office, post office, barbershop whom not only cut hair but pulled teeth, and classroom. Students were fascinated by how far things have changed and what they are used to today in our society. The tour concluded outdoors in a walking tour of the Civil War Cemetery, which was first established by travelers on

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McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students tour the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery Part 1

Thirty-four McAlester ninth Grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery. Students participated in an outdoor walking tour of the Civil War Cemetery, learning about the history of the Civil War in Southeast Oklahoma, including the fact that the cemetery is the only designated Confederate cemetery in Oklahoma. Students also toured the museum, which includes history of Atoka County, such as displays of legendary professional bull rider Lane Frost, country music entertainer Reba McEntire, and Academy Award-winning artist Matthew Mungle, who are originally from the area. The field trip was sponsored by Eastern Oklahoma State

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McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students explore Southeastern Oklahoma State University Part 1

Seventy McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students recently explored SOSU (Southeastern Oklahoma State University) in Durant. Students were welcomed in the Glen D. Johnson Student Union by campus recruiters. Students were divided into three separate groups and given a tour of campus. The tours began in the Bloomer Sullivan gymnasium where NBA player Dennis Rodman’s jersey hangs. Rodman is a former SOSU athlete. Students then toured Shearer Hall & Suites, an apartment-style housing option. Throughout the tour, students learned about different buildings as well as programs SOSU offers. There are more than 65 majors to choose from at SOSU. Following

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McAlester ninth grade GEAR UP students tour the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery

McAlester ninth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured the Atoka Museum and Civil War Cemetery, giving students an in-depth knowledge of Oklahoma history. Students participated in an outdoor walking tour of the Civil War Cemetery, learning about the history of the Civil War in Southeast Oklahoma. The cemetery was first established by travelers on the Butterfield stage road when measles swept through the area. Students also toured the museum, which includes history of Atoka County, such as displays of legendary bull rider, Lane Frost, and country music entertainer, Reba McEntire, who are originally from the area.

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McAlester 7th grade boys tour Bacone College and the Five Civilized Tribes Museum

Students from Puterbaugh Middle School recently toured Bacone College and the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee. First stop was Bacone College where Vice President of Student Affairs Kaila Harjo shared the history of the academic institution. Harjo said Bacone College was initially a private school founded 138 years ago and was the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Oklahoma. Bacone is related to the American Baptist Association but participation in religious services was not mandatory. She stated Bacone offers all athletic programs except football and wrestling to the 300 students currently attending. Students are offered programs

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