Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 8, 2011
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School Board Recognition Month /
Senator Brinkley Appointments /
LEGO Robotics Team Competition

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Sen. Brinkley Lands
Top Committee Appointments

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY – Although Rick Brinkley was just elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November, his extensive background in business has already resulted in several prestigious committee appointments for the 53rd Legislature.

Brinkley, President and CEO of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau, will put that experience to use as he takes on his new duties as Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee as well as serving on the Standing Committee on Business and Commerce and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, Brinkley has been appointed to serve on the full Senate Appropriations Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

“I’m very excited about the new responsibilities I’ve been given in the State Senate. In order to really jumpstart Oklahoma’s economy, we’ve got to focus on job creation,” said Brinkley, R-Owasso. “My work with the Finance and the Business and Commerce committees will enable me to share my experience and perspective on how we can accomplish this.”

Brinkley said he has been working closely with other lawmakers and with staff in preparation for the upcoming session, which formally gets underway on February 7.

“We certainly will continue to face significant financial challenges this session. Our goal is to prioritize our needs and available resources in a way that will help Oklahoma emerge even stronger once our economy has fully recovered. I look forward to the opportunity to serve to citizens of District 34 at the State Capitol.”

Herald 4th-5th-6th Grade Robotics Team At State

Vince Gregory, Matt Crabaugh, Cade Ogden, Matthew Downing, William Reynolds, Ethan Thomas, Justin Prather, Carter Lowe, Ross Rigdon
and James Stellfox.
RedBird Robotics team competes in State Tournament
The Collinsville Indian Education sponsored Lego Robotics team competed in the FIRST LEGO League state tournament on December 18, 2010. The tournament took place at Edmond (OK) Sante Fe High School.
The state tournament continues to grow each year. More than 60 FIRST LEGO teams from across the state competed in the tournament. The judging was split into four parts; project presentation; robot performance; technical design and teamwork. Although the competition is tough there is a feeling of comradery. Gracious professionalism is the theme of the day, “help others while helping yourselves” .
The Collinsville Indian Education program sponsors the RedBird Robotics team. The team has students from 4th, 5th and 6th grades. The team members are: Matthew Crabaugh, Matthew Downing, Vince Gregory, Carter Lowe, Cade Ogden, Justin Prather, William Reynolds, Ross Rigdon, James Stellfox and Ethan Thomas. They are coached by Julie Reynolds and Nancy Thomas. This year the team also has a high school mentor, Paige Prather. Miss Prather won the team mentor award at the competition.
The team begins working in early September. This year’s theme was Body Forward. The team members had to come up with a solution to a medical problem. RedBird Robotics did research on the Sonoprep Device which eliminates pain from shots. They all hoped their doctor’s offices would invest in this wonderful device before their next shots were due.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Students learn engineering and technology skills, as well as innovation and develop self confidence, communication and leadership skills.
Front Row left to right: Matt Crabaugh, Matthew Downing, Ethan Thomas, Cade
Ogden and High School Mentor Paige Prather
2nd row l to r: Coach Nancy Thomas, James Stellfox, Vince Gregory, Carter Lowe
and Coach Julie Reynolds
Back row l to r: Justin Prather, Ross Rigdon and William Reynolds
-- Submitted by Julie Reynolds -- Collinsville Indian Education -- (1/7/2011)

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School Board Recognition Month

January 7, 2011
Dear Editor,
The month of January marks the annual observance of School Board Recognition Month- a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “School Boards Lead Strong,” reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL children succeed. In Collinsville Public Schools, school board members must develop policies and make tough decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire community. They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $17 million, 2,661 students, 300 employees and 5 campuses. They carry out the truest form of representative government in our democracy – volunteer public service and preserve the core of our democratic land-public education.
Too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. I invite you to recognize and celebrate the work of your school board members. Invite them for coffee. Ask how you might help support your local neighborhood schools. Write your school board members a thank you note. Let them know you appreciate what they do for kids in Collinsville. The men and women serving Collinsville Public Schools and their years of service are: Member Donna Sears-20 years, President Wendell Johnson -14 years, Clerk Memory Ostrander-6 years, Member Joe Hampton- 24 years, and Vice President Steve Stout- 4 years.

Terry Due
Collinsville Public Schools

School Board Recognition Month, in January, is celebrated by 539 local and 39 Career tech school districts in Oklahoma, as over 2700 elected school board members are honored by their schools and community for untiring dedication to school government.