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Morning Bell: Several churches help families with back to school

Crystal Coats hands out free school supplies at Family of Faith Church is Choctaw on Saturday Aug 8, 2015. Jackie Dobson/ The Oklahoman
Crystal Coats hands out free school supplies at Family of Faith Church is Choctaw on Saturday Aug 8, 2015. Jackie Dobson/ The Oklahoman

Good Wednesday morning! Several Oklahoma City-area churches and faith-based organizations will offer free school supplies, back packs and other aid as another school year looms on the horizon.

The Oklahoman's Carla Hinton recently reported on some of those efforts, including People's Church's "Day of Hope" event, which is set for 8 a.m. to noon July 28 at 800 E Britton Road. 

"We know it's a very busy time of year. It's also a very expensive time of year. When you multiply that by several children, it can very difficult for a parent to do it all," said Andy Wynn, communications director for People's Church.

the church will distribute free backpacks and school supplies. Children also will be offered free haircuts, dental screenings, immunizations, health exams and sports physicals, and a fun zone area with free frozen treats will be on tap, as well.

New Lee School name recommended

The committee tasked with renaming Lee School deliberated about six hours Tuesday evening, arriving at the name Council Oak Elementary School around 11:30 p.m. The Tulsa World has more

Judge finds probable cause in Bixby rape case

A judge has ruled that there is  probable cause that a crime occurred in the Bixby sexual assault case involving former football players, reports the Tulsa World.

Special Judge April Seibert made the ruling on Tuesday afternoon. She will preside over additional proceedings at a later time to determine whether they should face further prosecution as youthful offenders or as juveniles.

A 17-year-old told a judge he observed one of his attackers tell a witness to delete video footage of the night the teen said he was raped following a dinner for members of the Bixby High School football team offensive line.

Moore graduate wins $10,000 scholarship

The Acuña Family Fund has selected Sara Juarez as the program's inaugural scholarship recipient. Juarez was chosen from 15 applicants to receive $10,000 during four years of undergraduate studies.

Juarez, a 2018 graduate of Moore High School, was selected due to her exemplary service and dedication to her community. She is involved in numerous organizations and was honored by her school with the Outstanding Student in AP English III award. This fall Juarez plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in pre-nursing.

The Acuña Family Fund Scholarship is available to metro area students who have been accepted for admission to a four-year college or university and who demonstrate academic excellence and well-rounded involvement in extracurricular and community activities. For more information go to acunalawfirm.com/acuna-family-fund.

Tuition program deadline nears

May 2018 high school graduates who want to take advantage of the Tulsa Achieves program need to apply soon to ensure they get all of the required forms filled out before fall classes begin Aug. 20.

Tulsa Achieves pays the tuition and fees for students living in Tulsa County to attend Tulsa Community College in the fall semester following high school graduation. Students who graduate from high school with a 2.0 or higher grade-point average can receive the benefit for three years or earn up to 63 credit hours, whichever comes first.

In return, Tulsa Achieves students are required to do 40 hours of volunteer service in Tulsa County for each academic year they participate. Since its inception in 2007, the program has helped 17,000 students. Go to www.tulsacc.edu/tulsaachieves for more information.

Stillwater native returns to become district CFO

Jericah Dawson will serve as the next chief financial officer for Stillwater Public Schools, reports the Stillwater News Press.

The district made the announcement in a press release a couple weeks ago after the Board of Education voted in favor during a special board meeting.

Dawson attended Stillwater schools her entire youth and has been away the past 15 years. 

“I am sincerely passionate about contributing to the Stillwater community and the school system that so positively impacted me,” Dawson said in a press release.

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Crystal Coats hands out free school supplies at Family of Faith Church is Choctaw on Saturday Aug 8, 2015. Jackie Dobson/ The Oklahoman

Crystal Coats hands out free school supplies at Family of Faith Church is Choctaw on Saturday Aug 8, 2015. Jackie Dobson/ The Oklahoman

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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