MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 17, 2013

Seniors honored at breakfast


— By Dale Ann Deffer

Times Correspondent

Senior citizens gathered in the high school cafeteria for a yummy breakfast to mix and mingle last Tuesday.

The annual Golden Agers breakfast is a community “thank you” for their many contributions to make Fort Gibson a better place to live.

Sheilah Yarbrough, community education director organized the event which included an opening speech by Derald Glover, superintendent of schools, as well as entertainment by students. Each senior also received a decorated grab bag of goodies to take home.

Glover opened the program by saying “Thank you for helping support our $5 million bond issue.”

He added that he had recently made a trip to China to look at their education programs. He said he was proud of what Fort Gibson is doing in their own educational programs back home.

He stressed the importance of computers in learning and said that each of the 1850 students will soon have their own computer or the individual use of a computer in order to be competitive in the educational process.

“We are going to be starting with kindergarten in getting on those computers,” he said.

Senior citizen, Belle Cahoon, decked out in purple said she used to be in advertising at the Muskogee Phoenix.

“I have been to many of these senior events,” She said, laughing. “That was when they had typewriters.”

Cahoon also worked as a legal secretary locally and was proud that her family went back three generations.

She was looking forward to making a trip to Monterrey, California to visit her daughter who also had attended and graduated from the Fort Gibson Schools.

She sat across from Nancy Brown, her cousin whose great-grandmother had made the trip to Fort Gibson years ago and took pride in her deep roots to the town.

Also in attendance were Miss Fort Gibson Erin Wilcox, 16, and Junior Miss Fort Gibson Rachel McElmurry, 13, who wore their sparkly crowns and smiles to hand out breakfast tickets.

Fifth-graders Lauren Wilcox and Chiara Miller sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” a vocal treat that was a special part of the entertainment.

The event was sponsored by the Community Education Advisory Council, Whitlock Packaging, Armstrong Bank and Fort Gibson State Bank.