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Thumbs up to Enid contracting company Luckinbill, which donated 61 complete Thanksgiving meals to families of Coolidge Elementary School students.

Sheet metal supervisor Tim Choate spearheaded the effort. He and fellow workers gathered donations to pay for everything but the turkeys. Dennis Luckinbill bought all of the birds.

The meals included turkeys, potatoes, canned vegetables, rolls, butter, whipped cream and pie.

Coolidge, with almost 500 students, has a free and reduced-price lunch rate of nearly 100%, so the donations are much needed.

“... this allows them to have that Thanksgiving tradition with their families,” said Principal Sherri Hendrie.

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Autry Technology Center has done a big service to military members and their families.

The school is offering tuition assistance to military personnel, their spouses and children and veterans.

The Military Tuition Assistance program offers up to $500 in tuition assistance to be applied toward one of Autry Tech’s full-time programs or one of Autry Technology Center’s Adult Career Development courses.

To be eligible to receive the tuition assistance, applicants must submit a completed Military Tuition Assistance application with a copy of Form DD-214 documenting an honorable discharge or a current military identification. Applications are available at autrytech.edu or you can apply in person at Autry Technology Center, 1201 W. Willow.

Recipients must live in the Autry Technology Center district. Autry will award up to $10,000 per fiscal year in Veterans’ Military Tuition Assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thumbs up to Autry Tech for this program.

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Thumbs up to two Drummond Public Schools students who have lobbied lawmakers to pass a law requiring children 8 years and older to buckle up when they’re in the back seat.

Danica Jordan and Destiny Hudson, members of FCCLA, spoke with state Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, and Reps. Carl Newton, R-Cherokee, and Denise Crosswhite-Hader, R-Piedmont, to make their pitch for the law.

Most states require those 18 and under to buckle up, nine states have some variation for 8 years and older, but Oklahoma stands alone in its lack of legislation, according to AAA Oklahoma.

With the help FCCLA members, Drummond Public Schools also hosted its first ever Safety Day on Nov. 4 with the help of first responders, to teach students about the potential hazards of Oklahoma’s roadways and how to avoid them.

Thumbs up to Danica and Destiny for stepping up on this important issue.

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