Rattan ninth and 10th grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Hochatown Animal Rescue Center and Petting Zoo. Students were led through buildings with stops that included interaction with the animals. Workers spoke about the conservation efforts to save animals abandoned by people or their mothers. Students had the opportunity to hold and pet several animals, such as Ball pythons, deer, foxes, opossums, chickens, horses, goats, baby alligators, and donkeys. Staff answered the students’ questions about how the different animals came to the rescue and their natural habitats. Students ended the trip with lunch at Grateful Head Pizza Oven and
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.
Rattan eighth grade Eastern Oklahoma State College GEAR UP students recently toured PJC (Paris Junior College) in Paris, Texas. Students were greeted at the Williams Administration Building by Academic Advisors Misty McMikel and Randy Hider. The tour began with an informational session about the application process to PJC followed by the importance and process of financial aid. McMikel and Hider gave students the opportunity to ask questions about what it takes to attend PJC, and allowed the students to choose which departments to visit. Students toured several departments across campus, including the Workforce Training Center and the Applied Science Center
GEAR UP eight grade students from Rattan recently visited the Oklahoma Aquarium. Students visited the maze of exhibits. Students enjoyed the touch tanks where they touched crawfish and sponges. They also liked the feeding tanks where they fed turtles. There are many exhibits for students to explore. They visited Aquatic Oklahoma, where students saw prehistoric paddlefish, alligators, and feed turtles. They continued their tour with Extreme Amazon, where students viewed fish up close, crawled under exhibits, and viewed the animals from below the tanks. Next, they saw the Marvels and Mysteries exhibits where students found jellyfish, tiny toxic frogs, electric
Rattan seventh-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Oklahoma Aquarium. Students walked through the maze of exhibits on a self-guided tour. The Oklahoma Aquarium is divided into several areas that feature water life from around the world as well as here at home in Oklahoma. The most popular displays were the touch tanks that are the home to fish and sponges and the feeding tanks where students fed turtles and stingrays. Exhibits visited included Aquatic Oklahoma, where students saw prehistoric paddlefish, alligators, and turtles. They continued on their tour with Extreme Amazon, where they viewed fish up close, crawled under
Rattan 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 joined by SOSU seniors Cara Worsham and Callie Bryant. Students began their tour at the Glen D. Johnson Student Union. 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
Seventh grade students from Rattan recently explored The Museum of the Red River in Idabel. The Museum is home to 30,000 cultural objects from six continents, and Oklahoma’s State Dinosaur, Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. Its exhibition program includes temporary and permanent displays, with the majority using objects drawn from its collections. The museum is hosting the exhibit Arts of the Pacific Northwest. The art of the Northwest Coast typically consists of highly stylized designs that represent people, animals or supernatural beings. The art style usually centers around form lines—lines of varying width used to delineate design fields. These design fields themselves are