State schools Race to the Top
The U.S. Education Department announced this week that about 370 applications were turned in for its Race to the Top grant program.
About 20 winners will be selected to share $400 million. Winners will be named by the end of the year. Individual school districts or conglomerations of districts could apply. In Oklahoma, six applications were submitted:
• Lawton Public Schools
• Oklahoma City Public Schools
• Western Heights Public Schools
• Purcell Public Schools with partners Noble Public Schools
• Fort Gibson Public Schools with partners Cherokee Immersion School and Bragg, Hilldale, Okay, Oktaha, Sequoyah Wainwright school districts
• Mountain View-Gotebo Public School with partners Arapaho-Butler, Beggs, Belfonte, Brushy, Cameron, Canute, Copan, Cyril, Dover, Eagletown, Fort Cobb Broxton, Freedom, Gans, Greenville, Heavener, Holly Creek, Hominy, Hydro-Eakly, Locust Grove, Lone Wolf, Lookeba, Madill, Mangum, Marble City, Merritt, Morris, Newkirk, Panama, Pawhuska, Pioneer, Pocola, Porter, Quinton, Roff, Salina, Sentinel, Snyder, Stilwell, Sulphur, Thackerville, Watonga, Watts and Waukomis.
Student wins essay contest
A boy from Glencoe was one of a few students nationwide to be named winners of the No Kid Hungry student essay contest, put on by Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. Kyle Frank, 15, won first place in the age 15 and older division. Students were asked to write about why ending childhood hunger is important. “Food is a valuable asset needed to secure a child's future as well as our own,” he wrote. Frank won $500 for his essay.