Seventy-one Wilburton High School GEAR UP students recently toured the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Okla. The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is dedicated to preserving the art, history and culture of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes. Museum Director Sean Barney educated students about Native American culture and history throughout the tour. GEAR UP students learned that the Five Civilized Tribes Museum building was built in 1875, and it was the highest point in Oklahoma. Barney discussed artifacts in the museum and their historical significance before transitioning to the outdoor portion of the tour. Barney lead
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.
Wilburton ninth grade GEAR UP students recently toured UAFS (University of Arkansas Fort Smith). Students were met by UAFS student ambassadors, and discussed the admissions process as well as on-campus and online degree programs. UAFS offers 74 academic programs, including 33 bachelor degrees, 14 associate degrees, and 27 certificates. As the students were divided into two groups and led through campus, UAFS student ambassadors discussed the importance of freshman year of high school, which is the time to begin thinking about future educational plans. Student ambassadors led students through different buildings, and informed students of where specific classes were held,
Wilburton 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 Bailey Rush and were presented with an overview of NSU. After the presentation. Students visited the University Center which is home to several offices, the RiverHawk Shoppe, and the Underground Food Court that provides a variety of fast food choices for students. The next stop was the Centennial Plaza; this is a gathering place established on the 100th anniversary of the founding of
Wilburton seventh and eighth Grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Tulsa Zoo. The 85-acre, non-profit Zoo is home to various types of wildlife. Students roamed, ran, and played while learning about various species. The Zoo has many different exhibits with animals housed in recreated natural environments. The students explored several various exhibits such as the Robert J. LaFortune Wild Life Trek. This exhibit is a four-building complex that focuses on animals from around the world and their adaptations to life in the water, desert, forest, and cold. Students then visited the Helmerich Sea Lion Cove where they learned about
Wilburton 7th grade GEAR UP students recently toured Eastern Oklahoma State College. Eastern Oklahoma State College is a public community college, offering associate degrees and certification programs. The students visited the Music Department, Mountaineer Radio Station, the library, and Student Center. Eastern Recruiter Karen Darby led the tour and spoke to the students about the importance of college and the opportunities that Eastern can provide because it is close to home and has a low student-to-faculty ratio. GEAR UP students began in the Music Department in Pratt Hall where students walked through the band and choir rooms. Darby explained what
Wilburton 8th grade GEAR UP students recently toured Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee (OSUIT). Sable Vasquez, OSUIT Special Events Coordinator and tour guide began the tour at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center. Students completed Tour Tracker information sheets, and Vasqiez provided an overview of what students should expect during the tour. The students left the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center and headed to the OSUIT Library where there are multiple free services offered to the students. Students can use the 3D laser machine, borrow class books for free, hold study groups, and spend time in a