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Nutritional Education

FARM TO MARKET: Tulsa Public Schools students hold chickens during the school district’s Farm to Market Hands-On Event, held at Ross Child Nutrition, 8934 E. Latimer St., in April. At the event, students learned how fruits and vegetables are grown and raised by farmers and the foods’ nutritional value and how dairy farms work.

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Booker T. Washington to Hold Hall of Fame Induction

In April, five Booker T. Washington alumni will be inducted into the Booker T. Washington High School Hall of Fame: a community organizer, a former NFL running back, a nationally-known broadcaster, an internationally-renowned opera director and a longtime educator.

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Future Chefs Challenge

On March 8, 10 elementary school students from Tulsa Public Schools used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge,” held at Memorial Junior High School, 7502 E. 57th St.
The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge was created seven years ago to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen. The 10 students who competed were selected out of a group of 126 elementary students who submitted healthy comfort food recipes.

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Students Win All-State Awards

Five Tulsa Public Schools students have been awarded 2017 Academic All-State Awards from the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence: Rachel Ijams, Yash Kumar, and Pierce Pettit from Booker T. Washington High School; Y Quan from Edison High School; and Edward McCabe from Memorial High School.

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Dr. Gist to be Honored

AWC TULSA NEWSMAKER: The Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications has named Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist as one of its 2017 Newsmakers. AWC Tulsa’s Newsmakers Awards recognizes the advancements and contributions of Oklahoma women and female communicators. Gist will be honored at the Newsmakers Awards luncheon on May 3 at Southern Hills Country Club along with Michelle Hardesty, executive director of the Hardesty Family Foundation; Tina Pena, founder of Mita’s Foundation and associate professor of Spanish at Tulsa Community College; and writer, educator and television host Teresa Miller.

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Author Visits Seventh Graders

In December, seventh grade students at three Tulsa Public Schools middle schools – Edison, Hale and McLain – received a surprise visit from Ji-Li Jiang, author of Red Scarf Girl, a memoir about Jiang’s childhood during the Cultural Revolution in China. During her visits, Jiang spoke to students about the historical background of China’s transformation and her personal experiences, and hosted a “Question and Answer” session.

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AWC Gives Books

ENCOURAGING LITERACY: Handing out books at the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) Tulsa Chapter’s fifth annual Anderson Elementary book giveaway are, from left, AWC Tulsa member Paula Hughes Cortner, Anderson librarian Erin Burns, AWC Tulsa member Martha Cullinan Cantrell, and AWC Tulsa President Sara Delgado with students Tyzhea Whiteside, Natalie Lane, Maya Ido, and Francisco Othero.

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Reading Initiative Announced

On Nov. 10, Mayor-elect G.T. Bynum joined Tulsa Public Schools and Reading Partners to host a Rally for Reading at Rudisill Regional Library to announce a city-wide effort to significantly increase the reading proficiency rate for Tulsa third graders.

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Students Tour Miller Museum

As part of the Any Given Child Tulsa program, eighth grade students from Edison Preparatory School visited the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in September.
Eighth graders from across the district will tour the museum through March 2017.

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