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Cherokee school board hears of student successes, exceptional patrons


November 13, 2019

The Veterans Day program was held the morning of Cherokee School Board's evening meeting Nov. 11, and it was still fresh in Superintendent Donna Anderson's mind as she addressed the board.

“The Veterans Day program this morning was a really, really nice tribute to our veterans,” Anderson said. “I didn't know the Rainbow Girls were coming! It was just really pretty, really patriotic.”

Busy, Successful Students

Anderson noted that the Cherokee Chiefs have been having some striking successes in the last month. “We are excited for our sporting clays (team) to go to State! We can't wait to see how they do. The last month has also really been a successful month for One Act – they're the State Champions. On the same weekend, the cross country girls had a good meet and the football boys had a good game. It's just really been quite a semester for the Cherokee Chiefs.”

Cherokee's Rick Brown Basketball Tournament for elementary students was held last week, and both the girls and boys Cherokee teams won, said Elementary Principal Ruth Richmond. This week is the junior high basketball tournament. The high school basketball tournament will be in January. In football, the Chiefs have playoffs starting Friday, Richmond said.

Several other events are coming up as well: On Dec. 3 the high school ag teacher will do “Dairy in the Classroom” for the elementary students. The fifth- and sixth-grade academic team will meet on Dec. 4. The kindergarten music program is on Dec. 18, and the elementary music program will be on Dec. 19.

Anderson Thanks Ken and Wilda Reitz

As the brief meeting neared its end, Anderson paused to express thanks to a local couple whose well-placed donations are having a big impact on Cherokee schools.

“I want to say that Ken and Wilda Reitz have donated $1,000 again for the student individual needs account – for shoes, shorts, uniforms, eyeglasses, anything that they need,” said Anderson. “We appreciate the Reitzes. They always help us with anything we need, and it's so nice to have patrons that support us like they do.

“They also donated tickets to the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, and last week our kids went to the concert and also went to dinner with Mr. Paris and had a good time. So we want to thank the Reitzes again for donating the tickets.”

The mention of the Reitzes reminded Richmond of other ways they'd quietly helped behind the scenes.

“They got us a carload of coats for our kids,” Richmond noted. “And they also pay for our Imagination Writers.”

“I don't know if everyone knows what this is,” said Anderson. “Every child under the age of 5, if their parent will sign up, gets a book every month that's age-appropriate. So, they (the Reitzes) pay for our school's part of that, and so we appreciate that.”

Other Board Business

The board approved the 2020 schedule of board meeting dates. They also approved the consent agenda, consisting of minutes from the Oct. 17 meeting; activity report; fundraiser requests; treasurer's report; and encumbrances, purchase orders, warrants and balances for the general, building, child nutrition, bond and complex bond funds.

Present were board members Kory Littlefield (president), Amber Wilhite, Desiree Gibson, and Shane Parker. Superintendent Donna Anderson and Elementary Principal Ruth Richmond were also present.


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