On April 18, 11 Elgin juniors and seniors visited OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. OK Kids Korral is funded by the Toby Keith Foundation and is a place for children with cancer and their families to stay while they are going through chemo treatments. The main goal of OK Kids is to provide a normal environment for the children and their families. Included there is a gourmet kitchen, a play room, a playground, library and a movie room. The facility runs off donations and volunteer work. While visiting the facility, Elgin students help clean several rooms that families stay in, donated supplies, and helped create goodie bags for the families to carry with them when they go to the hospital. Freshman and sophomores will return shortly to volunteer and help for a good cause.
Oklahoma Forestry Services officials have reported a warning of an increased fire danger throughout the state. The warm temperatures and the low humidity are predicted to expand burning conditions throughout the week. Comanche County is currently not under a burn ban; however, Western Oklahoma and the panhandle is under a burn ban put in place by the Governor. Major and Grant County are under burns issued by the county. In the event a major fire is started, the U.S. Forest Service is providing aircraft and with the Oklahoma National guard has their helicopters ready to help if necessary. Wildfires can be a serious problem. When dealing with a fire, be smart and do the appropriate things to keep the fire contained and everyone safe.
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Oklahoma has had the greatest increase in foster homes in the in the nation in the past five years, according to a new study. Only 3 states out of the nation showed a constant or lower number of children and youth in foster ca with Oklahoma included in those 3. The Department of Human Resources reports that in Oklahoma today:
- Children are more likely to safely remain in their homes while their families get much needed help
- Children are more likely to be placed with family members when first entering foster care instead of an emergency shelter
- When children are reunited with their families, they are less likely to be reentered into foster care
- Children in foster care are faced with less moves
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent go to https://okfosters.org/ for more information
Most of southwest Oklahoma is under severe or extreme drought conditions. The dry conditions have called for officials to urge everyone who plans to visit the Wichita Mountain Wild Life Refuge to be extra cautious. The drought has put a few restrictions in place such as no open burning or campfires until the burn ban has been lifted. Oklahoma winds and dry gas can cause a grass fire to get out of control easily, which could endanger all the wildlife in the refuge and surrounding communities. If the drought conditions continue on into spring with no rain, not only will there be a drought but there wouldn’t be a normal growing season which will reduce the amount of food available for livestock.
Mrs. Keith is planning a trip to Europe in June 2019 with other high school students and teachers. Parent(s) of the students are also welcome to travel with the group. The trip will last 10 days traveling throughout England. Education First is the travel provider for the trip since their history and experience in education travel and their competitive pricing. There is more information about the company and their programs at http://www.eftours.com/parents. Please let Mrs. Keith know if you are interested so she can add you to the email list. There is limited space on the tour and only 15-18 students from both schools will be selected.
There will be an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Elgin High School in room 3. Please make sure to RSVP so Mrs. Keith has enough materials for the meeting. If you are interested in more information before the meeting, here is the tour website. http://www.eftours.com/2024063dc. Here is Mrs. Keith’s email if you wish to contact her: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A proposed state question that will attempt to raise teachers’ salary by $4,000 has been challenged by an Oklahoma oil and gas group. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum went to the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging State Question 795. The association is trying to argue that State Question 795 is unconstitutional because it addresses several subjects and is unclear and the language used in the petition is biased. The filing says, “A pay raise for Oklahoma teachers is popular,” but the state question “is constitutionally deficient because it logrolls other distinct subjects into the proposed constitutional amendment, including a gross production tax increase and changes to the separation of powers”. If State Question 795 is passed the rate on new wells will raise from 2% to 7%.
Spring baseball season is about to start so come out and support the boys! Scrimmages will start in February and actual season games will start in March.
February 12 Cache 4:00 p.m.
February 15 @Eisenhower 4:00 p.m.
February 16 Lawton High 4:00 p.m.
February 20 @Macarthur 4:00 p.m.
February 22 Altus 4:00 p.m.
February 23 Duncan 4:00 p.m.
February 26 @Weatherford 4:00 p.m.
February 27 Clinton 4:00 p.m.