OPSU Receives Grant, Supports Goodwell Public Schools
Oklahoma Panhandle State University's chapter of the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) was recently notified that they received a grant from the National Education Association.
SOEA members and their advisor, Jerry Mihelic, wrote the grant to help fund projects at Goodwell Public School. It is the third such grant since 2008 that will directly assist the small, rural school. In 2008, SOEA volunteers helped remodel the gym, purchased some playground equipment, and painted a U.S. map on the playground, and in 2010, they purchased science equipment for the high school and assisted with a science fair. Later this year, SOEA members will enhance the learning environment inside the facility by painting educational murals and purchasing instructional materials and equipment.
In addition, OPSU will partner with the Oklahoma Education Association to provide Goodwell faculty members training in the Common Core State Standards. The new standards will require teachers to thoroughly evaluate students to ensure they grasp fundamental concepts that high school graduates need to master in order to succeed in college and careers.
The Goodwell School helps OPSU's education students by allowing them to observe in their classrooms and by fostering teacher interns. The SOEA chapter partners with the school providing assistance with state testing. OPSU's SOEA chapter members are pleased to continue this mutually rewarding partnership by helping Goodwell School in its educational endeavors.