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The Morning Bell: Leadership skills, mentorship on tap in Del City

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Mid-Del student Kelli Harrell gets help using a thermal imaging camera from Capt. Marty Harrison during a mentorship program on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Del City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Mid-Del student Kelli Harrell gets help using a thermal imaging camera from Capt. Marty Harrison during a mentorship program on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Del City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Twenty high school students in Del City were selected for DelQuest, an intensive three-day program that includes leadership training, personality assessments and one-on-one mentoring.

Students spent one morning last week suiting up like firefighters and going through various rescue drills, including responding to a car accident and finding an unconscious person inside a burning building.

Another session involved a money management simulation that played out like a interactive version of "The Game of Life" board game.

Students also went through an exercise in learning more about their own personalities, while gaining a deeper understanding of why people different from them act the way they do.

“We are going to expose them to a lot of higher education as well as just practical hands on training,” said Chris Neisent, the facilitator for DelQuest.

You can read more about the program here

New positions at TPS

Tulsa Public Schools received the go-ahead Monday night to add about a third of a million dollars in administrative payroll, reports the Tulsa World. But it won’t be taxpayer funds footing the bill.

Instead, private funds will pay the salaries of the district’s new executive director of early childhood education, director of portfolio management and director of community engagement.

The three positions could pay a combined $353,400, not including the cost of benefits.

Coat-a-kid program

About 300 coats were donated to students at Westwood and Rockwood elementary schools in Oklahoma City last week by Dell, Inc.

"It's extremely important that we have help," said Rick Brown, Westwood's interim principal. "State funding has been cut so drastically that there's no way the schools can provide everything that needs to be provided for these children.

You can learn more about the coat-a-kid program and how to donate here

Teacher certification to go before state board

A proposal to revoke the certification of a Yukon high school teacher accused of having sex with a student is expected go before the Oklahoma State Board of Education next month.

Canadian County deputies arrested Hunter Day, 22, about 5 p.m. Wednesday on complaints of rape, possession of child pornography and soliciting sex from a minor.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful awards

The McAlester High School student council won the KOB Youth Award for a series of projects during the 2016-2017 school year under the leadership of Student Council President Brynn Vaughan — who now attends the University of Oklahoma — and Faculty Advisor Tim Collier.

Projects for the student council’s nomination included painting at local parks (benches, railings, signs and more), planting cypress trees at Thunderbird Park on Arbor Day, several litter pickups throughout the year and for several students contributing to a wide number of projects.

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Mid-Del student Kelli Harrell gets help using a thermal imaging camera from Capt. Marty Harrison during a mentorship program on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Del City, Okla.    Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Mid-Del student Kelli Harrell gets help using a thermal imaging camera from Capt. Marty Harrison during a mentorship program on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in Del City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, 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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