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Tulsa Pop Kids Works to Promote Literacy

FUN TIMES: Visitors to the Tulsa Pop Culture Expo enjoyed meeting all types of interesting characters.

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The recent Tulsa Pop Culture Expo, organized by the leaders of Tulsa Pop Kids and held Nov. 2-4 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa, was a huge success.

According to Tulsa Pop Kids literature, Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. was created to provide support within the community to promote literacy programs for children through pop culture and entertainment. Tulsa Pop Kids Inc. uses a variety of resources to further the mission from donations of comic books to volunteers who dress up in cosplay to visit children in hospitals and elementary schools, as well as local events that partner with other organizations in the community.

The Tulsa Pop Culture Expo was a positive step in promoting education for children through pop culture and entertainment.

Before the Expo, Ron Veit, president of Tulsa Pop Kids, said, “Bringing the magic of the movies to Tulsa and knowing how our convention touches lives is what we are about. We are going to have the biggest convention in the area, we need to do things differently. We need to think differently, and we need to touch lives in Tulsa. To do that, we have to put a little bit of extra effort to bring these things together.
The effort paid off with the successful Expo.

Celebrities such as Sean Gunn, the actor from the TV series Gilmore Girls, as well as a Space Ravager from the blockbuster hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” were brought in. Gunn also played Groot and Rocket, who both had significant roles in the latest Avengers movie. He appeared at one of the local high schools and surprised and delighted all of the students.

Other events of the week included Black Panther invading Monroe Demonstration Academy, Famous Comic Artist Steve Erwin visiting Tulsa Technology Center and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol rolling with the three main characters from the TV show CHIPS. John, Ponch, and the Sarge were reasons many of the OHP decided to participate.

In addition, Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider visited the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis. Schneider and Marie Osmond formed the Children’s Miracle Network back in 1983. Schneider shared his passion and touched their lives. Many knew him from the TV show Dukes of Hazzard, Smallville and, more recently, Dancing with the Stars.
Star Wars fans were excited to learn that not only did Tulsa Pop Culture Expo have a life-sized Jabba the Hut, but it also had the largest group of Droids all in one place in the history of Oklahoma.

About Tulsa Pop Kids, Inc.
Tulsa Pop Kids, Inc. exists to educate through arts and entertainment. The organization works with the pop culture community of Northeast Oklahoma to promote literacy in children and to raise awareness and funds through various activities including events, educational programs, visits to children’s hospitals, comic book giveaways, scholarships, grants, and more. By drawing multiple geek genres together for a common goal, Tulsa Pop Kids, Inc. believes that pop culture can be used to help change the world for kids in the Greater Tulsa area.

Updated 11-16-2018

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