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Jones Academy eighth graders learn outside the classroom

Gear_up_2_web Eighth graders at Hartshorne Junior High have been active this fall with the GEAR UP program. The Hartshorne Junior High staff along with the GEAR UP sponsor, Racheal Ranallo, have taken the eighth graders on a couple of excursions outside the classroom.

Field trips were made to the University of Oklahoma in Norman in October and the Battle of Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site in November. The OU stop was hampered by rain; however, the students were able to go sightseeing, visiting the Barry Switzer Center and adjoining football facilities.

Coach Marv Johnson gave the students a tour of the sports complex including the OU football players’ locker room, playback room and the football field. Students also made a stop at the Fred Jones, Jr. Fine Arts Museum located on the OU campus.

The Battle of Honey Springs Battlefield Historic Site featured a civil war reenactment in Checotah the week of Nov. 9-10, 2013. The event was held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the battle fought in 1863. Students were able to interact with civil war soldiers (reenactors,) tour the campsites, observe period pieces and relics and hear soldier fight music.

The eighth graders saw shooting demonstrations as well as training on how to lead horses into battle. According to Ms. Ranallo, “The Battle of Honey Springs field trip was a success! Students were well-behaved and got to experience something new and different.”

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Hartshorne Eighth Graders visit the OU Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium