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Wister eighth grade GEAR UP students tour the University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Wister eighth grade GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Arkansas (UAFS) campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Before the tour began, Admissions Officer Morgan Kratts spoke with the students in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. Kratts discussed the importance of choosing a college that meets specific needs such as size of classes, location, price, and programs. There are over 80 future-focused bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificates and an 18:1 student to professor ratio. They also learned that UAFS offers Oklahoma students in–state tuition. Wister students started the tour by visited the residential housing. UAFS offers residential living for all

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Wister seventh grade GEAR UP students tour the University of Arkansas Fort Smith

Wister seventh grade GEAR UP students recently toured the University of Arkansas campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Admissions Officer Morgan Kratts spoke with the students in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center before the tour began. Kratts discussed the importance of choosing a college that meets specific needs such as size of classes, location, price, and programs. As the students were led through campus, the guide informed them of where specific classes were held. Some of these included the Flanders Building for business classes, the Vines Building for language arts classes, the Gardner Building for history classes, Baldor Technology Center, and the

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Wister 8th grade students visit the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Wister 8th grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith that were previously part of Fort Chaffee. Exhibits play a large part in the nature center. Students discovered representations of the Ouachita and Ozark mountains, a life-sized oak tree exhibit crawling with game and nongame animal displays and a 1,200-gallon aquarium with native Arkansas fish. GEAR UP students participated in three educational programs— archery, laser shot, and boating. Wister GEAR UP students learned about

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Wister 7th grade students tour the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Wister seventh grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Janet Huckabee River Valley Nature Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature which was previously part of Fort Chaffee, sits on 170 acres of land in Fort Smith. Exhibits play a large part in the nature center. Students discovered representations of the Ouachita and Ozark mountains, a life-sized oak tree exhibit crawling with game and nongame animal displays and a 1,200-gallon aquarium with native Arkansas fish. GEAR UP students participated in three educational programs—archery, laser shot, and boating. Wister’s seventh grade students are learning about conservation

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Wister sixth and seventh grade GEAR UP students tour Science Museum Oklahoma

Wister sixth and seventh grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to Oklahoma City to visit the Science Museum Oklahoma. The two-story museum consists of a wide-array of hands-on activities that allow students to have fun in an engaging way. Students roamed, ran, and played while learning about various science principles. The museum, as well as the name, has evolved since its creation in 1958. The mission of Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly known as the Omniplex Science Museum, is to enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. Science Museum Oklahoma is enjoyed by children and students of

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