The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 13, 2013

Enid High music teacher, Woodward history teacher are finalists for state award

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to an Enid music teacher and a Woodward history teacher among 12 finalists in contention to be named 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in September.

Eddie Lou Strimple is music teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Enid.

She has taught with Enid Public Schools all 42 of her years as a teacher.

Chelsea Roberts, with two years experience, is an eighth-grade American history teacher at Woodward Middle School in the Woodward school district.

A state committee comprised of education, business and civic leaders will select the winner, to be announced during ceremonies at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Jeffrey McNaughton, a soon-to-be senior at Enid High School, deserves a big thumbs up.

McNaughton will serve as one of two delegates representing Oklahoma at Boys Nation July 19-26 in Washington, D.C.

Way to go, Jeffrey!

More thumbs up to the seasoned experiences offered at a recent Hands-on History Family Saturday, a monthly exhibition by the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

It was time for kids to put away the iPhones and iPads and roll up their sleeves.

Children lined up to make rope, taste homemade butter and design their own quilt pattern.

During the next Family Saturday Aug. 3, the museum will let kids get hands-on with circus artifacts. That activity coincides with the museum’s current exhibit, “Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965.”

Finally, thumbs up for another the Citizens Police Academy coming up later this summer.

For applications to be considered for August’s academy, they must be received no later than 5 p.m. July 31. Applications for the 13-week course are available on the EPD website.

The purpose of the academy is to give residents a behind-the-scenes look at the department and teach them about the structure and activities of EPD.

The academies are kept small, about a dozen participants, to allow for more participation and further interaction.

“It’s a lot of fun for the officers,” said Chief Brian O’Rourke of the academies. “It’s a lot of fun for the participants.”

The academy, which is free for Enid residents older than 18, allows residents to ride along with a police officer, fire weapons used by officers and SWAT members and hear from members of each of the department’s divisions.