“This was our first financial seminar and we were very fortunate to have space to meet in,” executive director Terrene Bell said in a news release. “We can really do a lot more when we have help from the community.”
The university agreed to provide meeting space for the organization and donate two laptop computers to help the children with their technology training.
The children will also receive free admission to the basketball games, and members of the Kappa Sigma Tau club will serve as their mentors.
Project Impact combines mentorship with technology training, cultural awareness and economic empowerment,
Students voluntarily apply for admittance into Project Impact and churches and state agencies recruit participants.
The weather outside is no longer frightful, but I’m feeling a little bit spiteful. Because school is still out, and my kids are about and getting to work is a challenge.
Most metro school district canceled school again today. While the main roads are clear and the sun is shining, some neighborhood streets remain too slick for school buses. So for the third day, my husband and I must determine who has MORE IMPORTANT things happening at work, and who is staying home with the kids.
It’s a real dilemma for working parents, who already don’t have enough days off to cover normal school holidays.
I have a possible solution. My daughters’ schools both have afterschool programs run by teachers. Some of those teachers might want to make some extra money (and I would surely pay) to open part of the schools during snow days for childcare.
Parents could drive their children to school (no buses, no liability) and the kids would be in a safe place with people they know. Sack lunches would take care of the issue of the cafeteria being closed.
What do you think? Is anyone doing this? Would districts be open to it?
Comment here with your thoughts.
Parents of students at
The meeting will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the school, 8400 N Robinson. Organizers will discuss the final designs planned for the school and hear ideas from the audience. The school, established in 1963, will receive more than $4.3 million in improvements and will convert into a school for prekindergarten through sixth-grade students.
For more information about MAPS for Kids, go to www.okc.gov.
- Staff Writer Dawn Marks
You can buy a car with no frills.
Why not the Yugo version of a college?
The Philadelphia Inquirer raises this question in a story today.
Check it out:
The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence seeking nominations to recognize local education foundations.
The foundation started giving the Outstanding Program Awards in 2006 to recognize innovative programs of public school foundations in the state. Winners will receive plaques and monetary awards during the Fall Forum for Local Education Foundations in October. Entries must by postmarked by March 16. Examples of programs eligible include fundraising, public relations, arts integration, curriculum enhancement and student scholarships.
Forms and instructions are available at www.ofe.org and entries should be mailed to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, 120 N. Robinson, W,
- Staff Writer Dawn Marks
The $10.5 million school is scheduled to open by 2010. It is expected to help ease overcrowding on the district’s west side.
The 64,948-square-foot building will house about 520 students in prekindergarten through second grade. The new school will be paid for with 2007 bond money.
Our education reporters today went to the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma and Northwest Classen High School to talk to students during the televised presidential inauguration.
Many of the students said they were proud to watch history in the making, as Barack Obama became the country’s first black president.
Read more on our inauguration blog at http://blog.newsok.com/breakingnews/category/inauguration-09/
Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City will have College Veterans Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 on the third floor at the student center, 900 N Portland Ave.
The guest speaker will be William H. Brown, of Oklahoma City Veterans Center’s Global War on Terrorism Outreach.
Brown will speak about the services offered to veterans to help them have a smooth transition from military life to civilian life.
Participants also will learn about the G.I. Bill and earning college credit for military services.
For more information, call Loretta Hatchett at 945-8692.
The deadline for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum’s annual essay contest is Jan. 30.
The contest is for students in grades five through 12 in all states. Organizers will give cash prizes for first, second and third place in each category. This year’s contest will focus on inspirational words from some of the nation’s leaders throughout history.
All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Jan. 30. For more information, contact Lynne Roller, deputy director, at 235-3313 or email@example.com or download application forms at www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org.
-Staff Writer Dawn Marks
News of inauguration events Tuesday at the University of Oklahoma had been slow because school had been out for winter break. But word has arrived of a few watch parties on campus that have just been organized. Anyone wanting to check out the inauguration of President Barack Obama while visiting OU can consider:
* A watch party sponsored by Native American Studies inside Ellison Hall, 633 Elm Ave., scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
* A free viewing of inaugural activties at Meacham Auditorium inside the Oklahoma Memorial Union, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
* Inauguration watch party in the Hall of Fame Room inside Gaylord Hall, 395 W Lindsey St., also starting at 10:30 a.m.
– By Staff Writer James S. Tyree