Jim Couch, Leslie Batchelor and Mark Beffort are being recognized for their work in the development of OKC.
“Once they figure out that those things aren’t going to happen, that people aren’t going to make fun of them, that the people in their class are there to support them, it’s amazing how well they will do and how they can learn,” O’Dell said.
“No matter what the economic situation is for a student’s family, they don’t have to worry,” Ponce said last week as he visited the Eugene Field cafeteria. “It’s an unbelievable program.”
Mental health and drug dependence treatment options would help pull Oklahomans away from addiction.
The zoo’s programs educate the public about conservation efforts and establish the zoo as more than a tourist attraction.
Aspasia Carlson has tried to encourage attitudes and academic achievement during her time at the local high school.
Academic Alliance Institute pays teachers to tutor students who need help with their studies.
Oklahoma’s Kids Belong helps foster children tell their stories in their own words and connects them with forever families.
In Oklahoma, remediation costs $22.2 million annually in extra tuition, according to a Center for American Progress report.
“We wanted to come up with a model that could potentially be replicable in other schools as well as something that is sustainable for the long-term,” Karper said. “It is an opportunity for artists, but it also benefits students.”