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June 23, 2013

Budding teacher takes first step on career path

(Continued)

— Paying it forward

with character

Silver also spent time this summer at Character Camp. Muskogee Public Schools has run the two-day camp since 2001, when Silver was a student at Creek Elementary.

“Its a lot of fun, you do silly things. All kids do a talent show. It’s just a blast,” he said.

In high school, Silver was a student assistant at the camp, helping the younger campers play games and set up things.

“When I got into college. Mr. Tomlinson (the director) invited me back to speak, which was exciting,” he said. “I guess I did OK because he invited me back. I didn’t scare anyone, at least.”

Silver said the camp is one of a variety of character programs he joined at Muskogee schools.

“We had the Knights program my last couple of years at Creek — the Knights of Chivalry,” he said. “I got knighted a couple of times. I still got the medals, actually. I remember one being for responsibility, then they did something called the Black Knight, it was like showing all character traits. We got to sit up on the stage. It was big time.”

Silver said he sees the benefit of character education.

“If we don’t have a strong moral character as a society, we go downhill rapidly,” he said. “It is important to show kids it is important. People do watch you and you do have an impact.

“A lot of these kids are going to be future leaders and have a chance to change the world. I think we can see results of efforts being made. Muskogee has really thrived these past few years. Muskogee is getting a lot of character awards.”

Q&A

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE?

“Dad was from Tulsa and Mom was from Missouri. He got a job in Muskogee.”

WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MUSKOGEE?

“It’s just a really friendly atmosphere. People are very compassionate with each other, helping each other out when they need it. It’s just a great town.”

WHAT WOULD MAKE MUSKOGEE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE?

“I think we’re doing pretty great.”

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING IN MUSKOGEE?

A co-assistant director at Kamp Kidville Day Camp at First Baptist Church.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

“Watch movies. I hang out with the staff a lot, with my friends.”

WHAT OKIE FROM MUSKOGEE DO YOU ADMIRE?

“My parents. They set a wonderful example for me. They have been married a long time, and they are still madly in love.”

WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING TO HAPPEN TO YOU IN MUSKOGEE?

“Meeting my fiancee. She was born and raised out of town, and she came up to work at the day camp.”

HOW WOULD YOU SUM UP MUSKOGEE IN 25 WORDS OR LESS?

“Great friendly town which has continuously improved. It’s getting better every day.”

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