By KELSY LORIN TAYLOR
Web Editor and Feature Writer
KELSY LORIN TAYLOR for GTR Newspapers
The Happy Hands Education Center has reached out for many years to families with children who have hearing loss, impairments and communication disorders. The goal of the center is to empower children through education, confidence and the ability to achieve anything imaginable. The opening of a new location and the continued effort to raise awareness about the available programs has marked the beginning of a new chapter for everyone involved.
It is the only resource in the state for a full time and year-round specialized education for children six and under.
“Happy Hands Education Center has formed a valuable partnership with families while preparing their children to enter the first grade,” says Christina Treat, Happy Hands special events and media director.
A donation of $6.6 million from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has enabled the center to design the new innovative building to bring even more educational opportunities for children. The building is located at 8801 S. Garnett Rd. in Broken Arrow.
It was very important to the teachers and staff to implement as many environmentally friendly features into the new building as possible. Already making a difference is a geothermal heating and air system along with lighting.
Making the building even more unique are the classrooms, which are equipped with Smart Boards and iPads. This technology enhances the learning of each age level and provides a way for teachers to utilize some of the newest educational tools that are available. In addition, all of the classrooms open to individual outdoor learning areas.
The Grand Opening Celebration will consist of an open house series, which will be held Sept. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 19 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tours of the classrooms will be the focus of the Grand Opening Celebration. Refreshments will be served and literature about the center and available programs will be shared. “Our goal is to let everyone know what the Happy Hands Education Center is about. Students will be in class during the event, so guests will have the opportunity to see the programs in action.”
Coinciding with the Grand Opening Celebration is the 5th Annual Holes Fore Happy Hands Golf Tournament. The event will be held Sept. 27 at MeadowBrook Country Club. Tee Times are 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
An expected 180 golfers will make up teams that are a blend of businesses and individuals throughout the community. “This is one of our largest fundraisers during the year. It is a wonderful way to raise awareness about the center. Funds that are gained in the tournament will be applied to scholarships and speech-language therapies for students.”
For more information, visit www.happyhands.org or call (918) 893-4800.