Oklahoma School for the Blind free summer camp registration due now

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Students with visual disabilities are encouraged to register now for Oklahoma School for the Blind’s tuition-free summer camps.

The theme is “STEAM into summer with Summer Camp!”

The acronym STEAM stands for high-quality education opportunities in Science, Technology Engineering, Art and Math.

OSB will offer two one-week summer programs. Week 1 is June 4-8. Week 2 is June 11-15. Applications are due by April 20.

There is no charge to attend.

OSB Braille Bees are Creek County spelling bee champs

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SAPULPA, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Braille Bees beat their own 2017 performance, winning the top prize in the 2018 Spelling Bee held April 5 by the Creek County Literacy Program.

This was the first time Richelle Zampella, Kaylee Ragon and Brianna Brennan won the overall prize against adult and student competitors.

They also won school division and best team name trophies.

Last year, the same team earned 1st place in the schools category and 2nd place overall. This was their fifth year to compete.

School for the Blind employee earns DRS Commission award

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Karen Reed, Oklahoma School for the Blind compliance officer, earned the 2017 Commission Award from the members of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

Commission Chair April Danahy presented the award to Reed at a commission meeting in Oklahoma City with co-workers and colleagues in attendance.

Reed received an official state flag flown over the Capitol in Oklahoma City.

As a compliance officer, Reed ensures that OSB complies with state and federal regulatory requirements and DRS internal policies.

School for the Deaf honors superintendent with building dedication

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SULPHUR, Okla. – Oklahoma School for the Deaf Superintendent Larry Hawkins was honored March 14 by family, friends, students and co-workers with a surprise building dedication.

Following a program in the OSD gymnasium led by his daughter Jill Hawkins, Larry Hawkins and his family cut a ribbon symbolizing the naming of the Larry Hawkins Activity Center in his honor.

Jill Hawkins is an OSD outreach specialist and teacher who serves students attending local schools across the state.

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