Memorial Day

We remember the brave who sacrificed all for us this Memorial Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

School for the Blind jazz band named state 2A champs for 2nd year

Young woman stands and plays saxophone with 20 seated students playing musical instruments

MUSKOGEE, Okla. –Oklahoma School for the Blind’s jazz band is the 2A state champions for the second year in a row.

Chris Ferrell is the OSB band director.

His students earned superior ratings from all the judges in the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association competition on April 29 at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

The OSB jazz band earned the highest score of bands in class 2A competition. They earned the second highest score of all bands in class 2A and 3A and the 4th highest score competing against 27 other bands in class 2A, 3A and 4A.

Therapy dog encourages learning at Oklahoma School for the Deaf

One adult and six kids pet white dog

SULPHUR, Okla. – When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in February, the students naturally knew what to do.

They loved her.

Jasmine and her adult humans, however, still had a few things to learn.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

A New Leash on Life, Inc. in Norman selected her to attend 10-weeks of obedience training through their Pen Pals Prison Program at CCA-Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville.

Joy Ride Taxi owner earns Visual Services employer award at assistive tech lab grand opening

Woman stands beside man who holds Oklahoma-shaped award

TULSA, Okla. – The crowd cheered when Joy Ride Taxi owner Patrick Cuningkin accepted his Community Employer Award for hiring multiple jobseekers who are blind.

Staff from Visual Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, presented the award to Cuningkin at the grand opening of their new assistive technology lab in Tulsa.

OSB seniors to graduate May 24

OSB graduates

MUSKOGEE — Oklahoma School for the Blind seniors will graduate in a commencement ceremony that will be held at noon on May 24, in the OSB auditorium, at 3300 Gibson Street.

The OSB 2017 graduating class includes Justin Whitmire of Durant, Jacob King of Muskogee, Patelin Cogswell of Oklahoma City, Chandler Caveny of Durant, Logan Deaton of Oklahoma City, Morningstar Clark of Oklahoma City, Mathiew Noah of Del City, Andrew Wagon of Allen and Seth Wedel of Tulsa.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf Senior Class Graduates May 25

head shots of the eight seniors

SULPHUR — The Senior Class of 2017 will graduate from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in a commencement ceremony that will be held at 1 p.m. May 25, in the OSD gym, at 1100 East Oklahoma Street in Sulphur.

The OSD 2017 graduating class includes Calise LeeAnn Cox, Michael Lorenzo Gordon, Maxwell Quentin Graves, Aaron Cole Hutchins, Eleazar De La Torre Ledezma, Amanda Lee Pack, Savannah Violet Schlegel and Dawn Jolynn Sledd.

Commission names Rehabilitation Services director for state disability programs

Four adults pose in ffront of protratis on a wall

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Commission for Rehabilitation Services selected Noel Tyler on May 8 to lead the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services as agency director.

Tyler had served as interim director since February 11, 2016.

“Noel Tyler has served with distinction and honor as interim Director,” Commission Chair Jack Tucker. “She shares the Commission’s deep concern about serving Oklahomans with disabilities as well as providing taxpayers with reasonable and effective results in return for their investment.”

Three School for the Blind students invited to compete in national Braille Challenge®

Young woman with hands on shoulders of young boy with a gift and medal, young woman with a medal, young woman with a gift and medal

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – Three Oklahoma School for the Blind students will compete this June in the national Braille Challenge® finals competition in Los Angeles.

Braille Challenge® is a national program sponsored by the Braille Institute, a nonprofit organization that eliminates barriers caused by blindness and severe sight loss.

This year’s winners represent the largest number of Oklahoma students ever qualified to participate at the national level. They are: Hunter Kelley from Claremore, Katelynn Zampella and Richelle Zampella, both from Muskogee.

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