Pages are assigned for one week, Monday through Thursday, during the legislative session beginning the first Monday in February through the last Friday in May. Walker got into the program just in time. “When Representative Jeannie McDaniel called and let me know when I needed to be in Oklahoma City, I realized how lucky I was to make the last cut-off date. This has been a great opportunity.”
Walker began his duties on Monday, April 30 with an orientation session to become familiar with the Capitol building and his duties. For the next four days, he caught the hotel shuttle at 7:30 a.m. to work at the Capitol until 4:30 p.m. He worked in the House Chamber each day, ran errands for Representatives and House staff and took part in the House Page Mock Legislature.
The House page mock legislature was held in the House Chamber on the 4th Floor of the State Capitol building on Tuesday, May 1st. Immediately following work that day, Walker was taken to a restaurant for dinner and then returned to the Capitol for the mock legislature. The pages worked to elect their own officers and the House staff guided them through the mock legislative process.
“I not only learned about our State government, I got to experience it,” said an excited Walker. “Being a Page gave me the opportunity to seek out members of the education committee and express my opinion about the end-of-instruction testing requirements. I wanted them to know, from a student’s perspective, how this impacts the drop-out problem in Oklahoma.”
Walker returns to Street School on Friday and is excited to tell his classmates about his experience. The staff at Street School is looking forward to getting more students involved in the Page program.
Tulsa, Okla – The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits held its fifth annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Saturday, April 12, 2012 at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa. The event honored outstanding nonprofits throughout the state for their work in one of eight categories. Street School was announced the winner in the education category and awarded $7,500.
“The finalists are selected for recognition on the basis of standards of excellence,” said J. Jerry Dickman, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission. “They represent some of the best nonprofits in Oklahoma.”
The ONE Awards Selection Commission, a group of prestigious community leaders from across Oklahoma, determined the finalists. The Commission meets annually in different parts of the state to expand awareness of charitable work in all communities.
The Commission, chaired by J. Jerry Dickman of Tulsa, includes Michael Cawley (Ardmore), Nance Diamond (Shawnee), Frederick Drummond (Pawhuska), Ken Fergeson (Altus), R.H. Harbaugh (Tulsa), Kim Henry (Oklahoma City), David Hogan (Tulsa), Phil Lakin (Tulsa), Frank Merrick (Oklahoma City), Polly Nichols (Oklahoma City), and the Rev. George Young (Oklahoma City).
Street School was up against the Tulsa Community College Foundation and the Oklahoma City Community College Foundation in the education category. “When Street School was announced the winner, I couldn’t quit smiling,” said Street School Board President, Lise Inman. “Street School does great work and it’s nice to be recognized for your efforts.”
“What makes this award unique is that you don’t know you have even been nominated until the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits calls and lets you know you are a finalist,” said Street School Executive Director Lori McGinnis-Madland. “With thousands of non-profit agencies across the state of Oklahoma we are thrilled to be recognized and included in a group of other great organizations.”