Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 11, 2010
Miscellaneous News

Student Recognition /
Animal Helpers Needed /
Aids-STD Prevention

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Wilson Elementary Students:
Problem Solvers & Compassion

Wilson students have finished up their month promoting the character trait of Problem Solving. The following 1st graders were chosen from their classes:
Front row (l-r) Cason Savage, Landen Tidrick, and Nick Nail
Back row (l-r) Kaleb Jones, Kaleb Rigdon, Rylee Hearn, and Maxwell Rainwater (absent for picture - Brandon Miller)

Wilson students are learning about Compassion during the month of February - they are learning that it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice! 1st grade classes chose students from their rooms who show compassion:
(February 5th)
Front row (l-r) Mikea Enloe, Mia Morland, Kelsi Thomas, and Grace Stephens
Back row (l-r) Nate Wilkins, Kathy Brackett, Ransome Ragsdale, and Dalton Wagner (absent for picture - Brandon Morgan)
2nd grade classes chosen for Compassion
(February 2nd)
Front row (l-r) Morgan Dickinson, Ramsey Keim, and Haylee Fox
Back row (l-r) Caden Lundy, Nathan Watkins, and Simone Sharitt
(February 9th)
Front row (l-r) Nathan Newstrom, Graycie Robinson, Cameron Hedges, and Bella Alarcon
Back row (l-r) Nathan Treptow, Dawson Jefferson, Cale Rasmussen, and Savannah Wood
-- Submitted by Lee Ann Due 2/9/2010
Ward-Wiseman Animal Haven
Seeks Volunteers

Ward Wiseman Animal Haven is seeking a few good volunteers to assist with various duties at the shelter. Both adults and kids can volunteer, but children under the age of 18 years will need to have a parent or guardian volunteer with them.

These duties include walking dogs, answering phones, operating the computer, facility maintenance and landscape, cleaning, and socializing pets to prepare them for forever homes.

Chris Armistead, President of the WWAH Board of Directors, said, "We are reaching out to individuals, families, organizations, and companies within the Collinsville community who are looking for a rewarding way to give back to the community. Even if an individual, family, or group could volunteer for one day or event per month, that is one more day a stray dog or cat could find a loving home."

He said that they especially need volunteers to come in for a few hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays to help keep the shelter open so that pets can find good homes. "Many people come in on weekends looking for a pet and right now, we are struggling to find volunteers to work on weekends," said Armistead.

Volunteers are also needed to transport dogs to Tulsa the 2nd Saturday of each month for the onsite adoptions at PetCo. "Petco has been excellent to work with and we want to keep taking our dogs to their onsite adoptions so that we can increase our adoption numbers," said Armistead. The PetCo adoption program is entirely dependent upon volunteers.

"The most rewarding part of volunteering is when you see a dog find its forever home," said Armistead, "That's when you realize that your hard work is really worth it."

WWAH is a 501 C 3, non-profit, no-kill animal shelter that operates solely from the generosity of volunteers, individuals and organizations within and outside of the Collinsville community.

If you are interested in becoming an adult or junior volunteer, please fill out a volunteer application at You can also email us at or call the Haven at 918-371-1009 for more information during normal business hours.

-- Submitted 2/9/2010
Aids/STD Prevention Education
Mr. Wright,
Could you please help us by posting the following information on the website to help get the word out to parents. This was approved by the school board Monday night.
Kim Loftin and Connie Bettega
Collinsville Public School Health Services

Collinsville Public School will be teaching the state mandated HIV/AIDS PREVENTION EDUCATION and SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE PREVENTION CURRICULA to the 7th and 10th grade students. American Red Cross will present the program for 10th grade students as well as Alternative School, and Kim Loftin R.N. and Connie Bettega R.N. will present the 7th grade program. Parents may attend a presentation of the curricula, which will be used for this year’s PREVENTION program, on February 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Wilson Elementary School.

The PREVENTION curricula for 7th and 10th grade will be available for parents to view at the Health Office at Wilson Elementary, 402 N. 17th or Herald Elementary, 12818 N. 129 E. Avenue from 8:30 to 3:15 Monday through Friday between 2-24-10 and 3-29-10. The Wilson Health Office phone number is 371-4125, and the Herald Health Office phone number is 371-1773. You may call and make an appointment to view these materials.

No student shall be required to participate in AIDS or S.T.D. Prevention Education if a parent or guardian of the student objects in writing to such participation. Parents who DO NOT want their children (seventh or tenth grade) to receive these PREVENTION programs this year are required to send a letter to the school before March 26, 2010, at the address below:

School Health Office
c/o Mr. Terry Due, Superintendent of Schools
402 N. 17th
Collinsville, OK. 74021

This request must be made in writing in order to satisfy the requirements of the State of Oklahoma.