Students touch history with help of Lawton Public Schools Founda - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Students touch history with help of Lawton Public Schools Foundation

Courtesy photo: Eisenhower High School students gather in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol during a field trip funded by the Lawton Public Schools Foundation last spring. Courtesy photo: Eisenhower High School students gather in front of the Oklahoma State Capitol during a field trip funded by the Lawton Public Schools Foundation last spring.
Courtesy photo: Michael Michaelis begins paperwork to donate his Eagle Scout belt buckle to the museum exhibit. Courtesy photo: Michael Michaelis begins paperwork to donate his Eagle Scout belt buckle to the museum exhibit.

By Lynn Cordes LPS Communications Coordinator

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Heading into its 25th year, the Lawton Public Schools Foundation continues its legacy of enlightenment with the funding of technology, programs, materials and extra-curricular activities for local students.

The nonprofit finished strong last year, awarding more than $82,000 in total toward educational endeavors, and funding one very special trip for a group of juniors at Eisenhower High School.

By way of a $3,000 LPSF “Touching History” grant, Eisenhower social studies teacher Paula Bowen accompanied more than 50 students to the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Oklahoma State Capitol in March. She described the outing as both “emotional” and “eye-opening,” as many of her students experienced visiting these locations for the first time during the field trip.

“No words could really describe the importance of that grant,” Bowen said. “The Lawton Public Schools Foundation does such great work and affords such great opportunities to teachers to be able to step outside of the four walls of a classroom so students can learn in a different capacity.”

Bowen said student Michael Michaelis was so touched while reading about one particular victim at the Oklahoma City National Memorial that he requested permission to donate a piece of memorabilia to a museum exhibit.

“Michael donated his Eagle Scout belt buckle – which he had to work very hard for – because he found out the victim had also been an Eagle Scout,” Bowen said.

The buckle is now on display beneath the photo of late Peter DeMaster, who worked in Presumed Location Defense Security Service on the third floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, within the museum.

“What LPSF has done for myself and my students is just phenomenal. It’s something I will never forget and neither will my students,” Bowen said.

For more information on how to contribute, visit www.lawtonpsf.org.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Discover Oklahoma: Roger Miller Museum

    Discover Oklahoma: Roger Miller Museum

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:34 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:34:52 GMT

    He was a singer, songwriter, television star, Broadway composer, and one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons! And there’s a museum where you can learn more about this very talented individual. Erick, Oklahoma is the home of Roger Miller. In fact, they have the Roger Miller Museum. The museum is very much part of our history and the town is very proud to have so many artifacts that cover his amazing career. 

    He was a singer, songwriter, television star, Broadway composer, and one of Oklahoma’s favorite sons! And there’s a museum where you can learn more about this very talented individual. Erick, Oklahoma is the home of Roger Miller. In fact, they have the Roger Miller Museum. The museum is very much part of our history and the town is very proud to have so many artifacts that cover his amazing career. 

  • OSBI looking for witnesses to Bristow officer-involved shooting

    OSBI looking for witnesses to Bristow officer-involved shooting

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:33 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:33:56 GMT

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking for witnesses to an officer-involved shooting south of Bristow, after a police chase down State Highway 48. According to the OSBI, Shawn Dale Sexton opened fire on a Bristow police officer as he was driving away from a shooting he'd just committed in Slick. As he was speeding down the highway, he also shot at a truck driving by. 

    The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking for witnesses to an officer-involved shooting south of Bristow, after a police chase down State Highway 48. According to the OSBI, Shawn Dale Sexton opened fire on a Bristow police officer as he was driving away from a shooting he'd just committed in Slick. As he was speeding down the highway, he also shot at a truck driving by. 

  • Seminole Co authorities attempt to identify body found on the side of the road

    Seminole Co authorities attempt to identify body found on the side of the road

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:32 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:32:39 GMT
    (Source KSWO)(Source KSWO)

    Officials in Seminole County are working to identify someone after finding a dead man on the side of the road. That was near Cromwell. Authorities were alerted to the body after someone called On-Star, who then called 911. The man was found just past a bridge. The Seminole County Sheriff says they are investigating it right now as a homicide. 

    Officials in Seminole County are working to identify someone after finding a dead man on the side of the road. That was near Cromwell. Authorities were alerted to the body after someone called On-Star, who then called 911. The man was found just past a bridge. The Seminole County Sheriff says they are investigating it right now as a homicide. 

Powered by Frankly