Grand View Cherokee Language students

Grand View Cherokee Language students in grades 3-5 performed recently at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. Singers include, front row, from left: Amara Richardson, Kamea Pritchett, Brooklynn Cochran, Disosdi Elk, Mia Russo, Cynthia Factor, Leila Elk, Kinsey Pritchett and Jonah Asbill. Back row: Aunika Factor, Eli Daugherty, Brooklynn Wacoche, Marcus Daugherty, Shonae Whiteman, Sienna Whitener-Cowan and Sadie Snell. Not pictured: Trenton Hartly and Abigail Combs.

Good things are happening every day at Grand View School, according its administrators.

Superintendent Ed Kennedy said students are engaged in a variety of learning activities and acts of helping one another out.

"Sam Bilby is a second-grade student at Grand View School and he is battling cancer," said Kennedy. "His mom, Melissa Bilby, is a kindergarten teacher here and his grandfather is a former Grand View superintendent."

Kennedy said that Oklahoma State University is Sam's favorite college football team, so his Grand View School family gifted him with OSU memorabilia.

Sam received an autographed Mike Gundy visor, an OSU football and two OSU T-shirts.

Grand View just added a couple of new awards to its already thriving trophy case.

Grand View sixth-grader Emmalee Thorne placed second in the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Beautification Annual Trash Poster Contest.

Thorne's artwork will appear in the 2018 ODOT Calendar for the month of August.

State winners were introduced to the Oklahoma State House of Representative at the State Capitol.

Grand View Cherokee language students in grades 3-5 traveled to the Sam Noble Museum in Norman to perform at the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair.

Under the direction of Cherokee Language teachers Darlene Littledeer and Sara Downey, the Cherokee Choir entered the Large Group Song Category and won first place singing the traditional song "The Sunday School Song," and second place singing the modern song, "This Land is Your Land."

Glenda Sellers, public relations and grant liaison for Grand View School, said many of the opportunities the students receive are through grants.

The next big day for students is Wednesday, May 3, which is Cherokee Day.

Interactive stations will be available for Grand View School students and there will be a farmers' market for student shopping opportunities.

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