Boley students, teacher share historic event

by Bryan Painter Modified: January 21, 2009 at 9:11 am •  Published: January 21, 2009
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photo - Elmer LuGrand Jr., Marie Grubbs and Rashee Turner. PHOTO BY Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Elmer LuGrand Jr., Marie Grubbs and Rashee Turner. PHOTO BY Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
BOLEY — They yelled and clapped and waved American flags at Boley Public Schools while watching the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama.

Oh yes, the students were excited too.

Tuesday was a memorable day for Boley students past and present.

Gretana Gonzales Hall, superintendent and principal, graduated from Boley High School in 1974. Almost 35 years later she stood in the library watching CNN as the nation’s first black president joined with others in singing the national anthem after the swearing-in ceremony.

Today, the school is prekindergarten through eighth grade with about 35 students. There are another six children in the Head Start program.

Tuesday wasn’t a day of learning about history; it was a day of living it.

Rashee Turner, 11, wearing an American flag on her shirt, watched a 19-inch television screen in Marie Grubbs’ class. The sixth-grader and other students clapped and cheered as Obama appeared and as he completed the swearing-in.

In your own words, what did he say that you’ll remember?

"In my own words, he said he was going to make a change in this world,” she said.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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