Collinsville, Oklahoma
August 27, 2007
Miscellaneous News

4th Grade Red Football Start /
Rep. Sears Thanks Teachers / East Broadway Roadway /
Quilt For Library

Ted, this is a picture from our first 4th grade football game in Broken Arrow 8/25/07. Collinsville Red 4th grade played Pryor Blue and won 44 to zero. -- Thank you -- Stacy Bayouth -- Congratulations Collinsville Red!
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2007 "Meet The Cardinals" Tuesday Aug. 28, 2007 6pm at Sallee Field
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New School Year Offers Great Opportunities
By State Rep. Earl Sears

As the month of August comes to a close, children all over Oklahoma are getting back into the routine of getting up early, going to class and taking notes over subjects ranging from math to history.

That's right, school is back in session. The hot summer days are slowly cooling off and it's time for school bells to ring.

This time of year is always exciting for me. Having been principal of Central Middle School in Bartlesville for 24 years, it's hard for me to not jump in my car and drive to school to see what's happening with today's teacher's and student's in their respective classes. And even though I'm retired from educating students now, I still think it's a very important thing in all of our lives - whether we have kids in school or not.

Since I've been a student, an educator and am a parent, I've been able to see this realm from many different perspectives. I remember the long hours of study I had to put in when I was in high school and college. I also recall the long days put in maintaining Central and doing all I could to ensure it was the best school it could be. And as a parent, I've seen things from another perspective, that of through the eyes of my children.

As a former administrator, I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of our teachers for the hard work they do expanding our children's minds. It cannot be forgotten that they also look after, protect and mentor our kids on a daily basis, some with an everlasting effect. A sixth-grade teacher can become unforgettable to a child because of what kind of effect they make on them. That is truly a special thing and its worth can't be measured. I've been around schools enough to know that sometimes teachers feel like they're doing a thankless job, but they're not. Every single one of them is integral to the future growth of this great country, and we're all grateful for the hard work you do.

As for the students, this is their time to grow mentally and take those first steps toward adulthood. The days might seem long now, students, but before you know it you won't be in school anymore and will need to utilize what you've learned and apply it in the adult world. While it's important for you to take part in extra-curricular activities such as band, sports or theatre, your first priority needs to be doing well in school. Those A's you earn now will turn into dollar signs later in life when you're fighting for that big promotion. So to the students I say: Work hard in school now and you'll be rewarded later in life.

The new school year opens a world of opportunities for teachers, students and even parents. I wish everyone involved with this new year the best and hope that you achieve your goals in 2007-08.

Earl Sears (R- Bartlesville) serves District 11 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7358 or via e-mail at

Previous News
Future "East" Broadway
The old pavement from the new Broadway Bridge to 5th Street has been removed. I assume it will be repaved when the bridge is paved over. -- Ted -- (Previous Coverage)
At the August 14 meeting of the Library Patchworkers, a quilt was donated to Susan Babbitt for a Library fundraiser. The appliqué blocks were made by club members and the machine quilting was the work of Martha Strickland. Suzi Smith shared directions for a Summer Picnic block, and members plan to donate their blocks for the next Shriners Hospital quilt effort. Plans are in the works for a Quilt Exhibit at the Library during the Sept. 29 Fall Festival. A "fat quarter" drawing, door prizes and lots of show and tell rounded out the evening.
(pictured w/donation quilt: Susan Babbitt, Linda Pfeffer, Martha Strickland)