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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth grade girls tour area public libraries

Twenty-nine GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the morning by visiting the McAlester Public Library. Yuliya Zhugina, McAlester Public Library’s Youth Services Coordinator, talked with students about summer and after-school programs the library offers free of charge. The programs offered are educational, social, fun, and FREE. Zhugina is excellent at planning activities that teens are interested in and eager to participate. There is a monthly schedule with activities for all age groups. On the third floor there is a room designated for

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour area public libraries

Thirty-two Eufaula eighth grade GEAR UP students recently visited McAlester Public Library, in the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma, and the Eufaula Memorial Library, which is in the Eastern Oklahoma District Library System. Both libraries are within 30 miles of each other but are in different Oklahoma library districts and can offer different resources. Students began the morning by visiting the McAlester Public Library. Chris Elliott, the Information Resources Librarian, welcomed students to the White Acre Room to inform students about the free online resources available through www.oklibrary.net. During the visit, students were able to access computers and follow

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh grade boys tour area public libraries

Forty-three Eufaula GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the morning in McAlester touring the large library. Ellen Barlow, Branch Manager, greeted students and led them through the building to showcase the various sections and how items are organized. Students were surprised to learn the various types of media available to patrons. There are video games for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, graphic novels and numerous books that can all be checked out for free. Barlow was great to

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh grade girls tour area public libraries

Forty-nine Eufaula GEAR UP students recently visited area public libraries to learn about resources and programs available within the different library systems of Oklahoma. Students began the day visiting the McAlester Public Library. McAlester’s Senior Library Assistant Heath Standfield welcomed students and explained the history of the public library system’s start and the evolution it has experienced over the years. As he guided students through the main floor of the library Standfield highlighted the library’s vast selection and organization of materials. There are print books as well as audiobooks, graphic novels, large print copies, books for sale and more. Standfield

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-five GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Joseph Thomas, a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in Business Administration and Allyson Woods, a sophomore from McKinney, TX majoring in Communications. Eufaula students had an inside look at ORU’s campus and learned about programs and resources available for attendees. After a quick welcome at the Global Learning Center, ambassadors led students to the Graduate Center (GC). The GC houses various programs such as nursing, business, education and some of

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Eufaula GEAR UP eighth graders tour Oral Roberts University

Thirty-five GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Allyson Woods (a sophomore from McKinney, TX who just changed her major to Communications) and Joseph Thomas (a freshman from Montgomery, AL majoring in Business Administration). Eufaula students saw numerous buildings, met ORU students and learned about various programs ORU offers. Students started in front of the rotating globe at ORU’s Global Learning Center (GLC). The GLC houses many of the technology programs and classes. There is a Virtual Reality

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh graders tour Oral Roberts University

Forty-four GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour Oral Roberts University (ORU). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at ORU led by Student Ambassadors Allyson Woods majoring in Environmental Sustainability and Joseph Thomas, a freshman from Montgomery, AL who just changed his major to Business Administration. Eufaula students saw numerous buildings, met ORU students and learned about various programs ORU offers. Students began the tour in front of the rotating globe at ORU’s Global Learning Center. Ambassadors led students to the Graduate Center, which is a hub of activity. This building houses the campus

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh graders tour Tulsa Community College

Fifty-one GEAR UP students recently traveled to Tulsa to tour the Southeast Campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC). Students were welcomed to campus by Admissions Counselors William Baldwin and Lucia McFarland. Students were met with an ice-breaker question: What is your name and your biggest fear? Many students listed spiders, snakes, heights and other animals/insects. The chaperones and Admissions Counselors even listed their fears to the students. It was interesting to hear the commonalities. Students began the tour in Building 8 which houses the Math, Science, Nursing and other Allied Health programs. The tour made a stop to see the

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh graders tour the OK Aquarium & Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus

Forty-two Eufaula GEAR UP students recently traveled to Jenks to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium and Tulsa to tour Tulsa Community College (TCC). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at OK Aquarium. Education Specialist Michelle Zarantonello led students behind the scenes of the OK Aquarium exhibits. The tour started at the newest addition to the aquarium, Sea Turtle Island. The exhibit features a 300-pound loggerhead turtle and many other species of fish. One of the largest puffer head fish is in this tank and two types of shark species. The “Inside Story” tour took students through the

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Eufaula GEAR UP seventh graders tour the Oklahoma Aquarium & Tulsa Community College

Thirty Eufaula GEAR UP students recently traveled to Jenks to visit the Oklahoma Aquarium and Tulsa to tour Tulsa Community College (TCC). Students began the morning by participating in a guided tour at OK Aquarium. Education Specialist Julia Gibson led students behind the scenes of the OK Aquarium exhibits. The “Inside Story” tour took students through the kitchen where biologist Bailey Hawkins was preparing meals for the animals. Next students got to see the shark exhibit from the top of the tank. This exhibit is a 40-foot-wide tank that is 12 feet deep. The Education Specialist explained why they keep

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