Cherokee Nation awards $3.4 million to schools
The Cherokee Nation is helping dozens of northeast Oklahoma school districts fill gaps in education funding.
On Friday, checks totaling $3.4 million were distributed to 91 school districts at the Cherokee Nation’s Public School Appreciation Day, held at Sequoyah High School.
Daily Press contest winner
Phylis Wilfong is the winner of the Tahlequah Daily Press’ Valentine’s Day promotion, which ran for 30 days.
Brainstorming for arts festival begins
Hot summer days may seem far away as snow is still melting, but planning for an annual arts event set for the second weekend in June began last week.
Arts on the Avenue, the only fine arts festival in Tahlequah, features performing and visual art and artists. It will be held June 13-14, downtown at the Cherokee Square.
Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase art from top regional traditional native art and non-native artists, create art, listen to all genres of music, chat with artists and authors and musicians and taste culinary arts.
The event is a juried art show and sale, and artists have to submit photos of their creations. Visual art includes hand-crafted jewelry, photography, basket weaving, pottery, stone and wood sculpture, paintings, calligraphy and graphic design prints.
Array of music bands to visit local venues
With the corner hopefully turned on winter, many Tahlequah restaurants and clubs will host talented musicians over the next few weeks to warm up local music fans with good tunes and dancing.
Wilson: Volunteer should match the project
When former Sen. Jim Wilson chooses to volunteer, finding organizations with a common purpose and similar goals is important. He believes the skills and interests of the volunteer should match the organization’s needs and mission.
“I am rewarded with personal satisfaction from volunteering,” Wilson said. “If satisfaction is absent or the effort becomes a burden, I would be of little help.”
He is president of the Tahlequah Kiwanis Club, which raises raise money and volunteers service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The membership, made up of scores of caring local citizens, meets weekly to plan and implement efforts to help children.
Wilson believes there are many other organizations with worthy causes in Cherokee County.
“Virtually all of them are challenged with raising money to support their mission,” said Wilson. “I think it’s important to be passionate about the cause and be prepared to contribute the time and effort necessary to make a difference.”
Classes across the county were closed when a winter storm dumped as much as 5 inches of snow in the area Sunday, leading to numerous crashes on snow-packed roads. According to the National Weather Service, Cherokee County could see more snow throughout the week, along with frigid temperatures.
After retiring, sculpting is Lucht’s new ‘job’
When viewing art through the ages, people can learn a lot about history – including clothing styles, landscapes of communities and people who attended events.
They can also discover what paints were made of, what stones were used for creating statues, and even where silver, gold or bronze came from. The elements, like what gemstones or colors are used, can be clues.
When artist Becky Lucht was growing up, she never cared for history – at least not until she starting taking art history classes in college.
“Then suddenly, everything began to have a context for me,” said Lucht.
For Lucht, artists are like historians, interpreting cultural change, events and emotions and helping articulate the collective thinking of each era.
- Winter road woes A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Hwy. 62 near Woodall due to slick road conditions.
- Staying busy indoors Sequoyah Elementary students Harley Faulkner, left, Reiner Rozell, and their pre-kindergarten teacher Kristin Stark, play a game to practice number recognition. All three are ready for warmer temperatures and to be able to play outside. Stark, Sequoyah’s Teacher of the Year, said the children have free play or go to the gym, scheduling permitted, when it is time for their normal recess period.
Bills could reduce transparency in some areas of public education
Oklahoma lawmakers get back to work next week, and thousands of bills are slated for discussion this session.
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