THUMBS UP to the Eastern Oklahoma Development District Area Agency on Aging for their successful food drive to benefit the elderly residents of our community.

EODD AAA’s food drive contributors include Adventist Community Services, Cherokee Elder Care/PACE, Cornerstone Hospital, Georgia-Pacific, Griffin Foods, OG&E, Oklahoma Works, Rural Firefighters Association in Muskogee County, Walmart and many private donors.

The donations made it possible to send out 55 care packages to Muskogee County senior citizens before Christmas. The event was so successful, the EODD is planning to expand to have a food drive in McIntosh and Sequoyah counties. Plans also are in the works to include even more counties later in the year.

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THUMBS UP to the Education Foundation of Muskogee, who raised grant money with its annual Trivia Night so that teachers can add to their repertoire of teaching tools. This year's Trivia Night will be Jan. 31 at the Muskogee Civic Center.

Because of the funding from the Education Foundation, $29,165 in grants was distributed in April from last year's Trivia Night.

The grants allowed teachers to purchase all kinds of things for their classrooms to enhance learning.

Teacher Rosa Denton, who teaches science and social studies, managed to stretch her grant money to buy several projects. Her grant was titled "In It to Win It: Increasing Engagement through Hands-On Activities."

Grant money funded an activity kit about the American Revolution and also bought several Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) kits.

Children get pretty excited about new hands-on activities, and it's a great way to encourage learning.

If you have questions about this year's Trivia Night, email MPS_EducationFoundation@yahoo.com.

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