“OKLAHOMA, where the wind comes sweeping down the plain….” Sadler 7th and 8th grade students are quite familiar with the song that celebrates the wonderful state of Oklahoma. Now, thanks to the efforts and generosity of many, these 42 students have a new understanding of the meaning of these familiar words.
From May 13 to 18, Sadler students traveled to the far Western corner and back to the Eastern edge of Oklahoma. In between these far reaches, Sadler students had the opportunity to collect the type of salt crystals found only on the Great Salt Plains of Oklahoma; stepped down into the colorful Alabaster Caverns; saw the buffalo and prairie dogs of the Wichita Mountains; climbed upon the history-rich Robber's Cave near Wilburton; and ended their trip eating in an old passenger train-car-turned restaurant in Heavener.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Sadler students, staff, and parents worked relentlessly to raise enough money to take this eye-opening trip. Yet many people beyond Sadler made this trip not only possible, but an unforgettable experience. Locally, businesses, civic groups, clubs, and individuals provided funding as well as time for various fundraising activities. Across the state, research scientists at OU and the Sam Noble Research Center shared their expertise in areas of cancer research and preservation of ecosystems. Individuals in Black Mesa took time from busy schedules to escort our group onto their land for private showings of ancient carved signatures and cave drawings. To every locale Sadler students traveled and to each placed visited, people went out of their way to be gracious, informative, and helpful. To all who made this experience possible and memorable, Sadler students and staff give a heartfelt “Thank you!”
Sadler Arts Academy met its goal for our students to gain a firsthand knowledge of the depth and breadth of the resources, history, and landmarks found only in Oklahoma. As they traveled down the road, Sadler students did indeed celebrate one mile at a time the wonders of Oklahoma and that undeniably “the land we belong to is grand!”
THE FAMILY of Robert A. (Bob) Haggard would like to take a moment to convey our deepest and most sincere measure of gratitude for all of the love and compassion during such a difficult time for our family. There are no words that could begin to describe the value of our family and friends, their comfort and support has been overwhelming and deeply appreciated.
Every phone call, visit, thought and prayer did not go unnoticed and will not ever be forgotten. A special thank you to Dr. Karin Johnson at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and Dr. Mark Birdsong at Hillcrest Medical Center for their genuine care and concern. We would also like to thank First United Methodist Church, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office, Cornerstone Funeral Home, and Haskell American Legion Honor Guard for helping to give Bob such a beautiful service.
Bob was a wonderful and giving man and we are all better and brighter for having shared a part of our lives with him, we will miss him greatly. Thank you once again for everything.
The family of Bob Haggard
MUSKOGEE County EMS would like to thank all those involved in helping us to promote our EKG For Athlete’s program in Muskogee County schools. We are especially grateful to Dr. Weaver, Dr. James Campbell, Air Evac and EASTAR Health System. This program is vital in early detection and prevention of heart disease in our young athletes. We couldn’t have had the impact and positive community outreach without your support and generosity.