Notebook: August 2017
What you need to know about Tulsa this month
Valerie Grant; Bike Club: Melissa Lukenbaugh
When TulsaPeople first wrote about Amber Barnes in August 2015, we called her “a success story in the making.” Then 19 and formerly homeless, she was six months into the transitional living program at Youth Services of Tulsa.
Now a YST graduate, Barnes obtained her cosmetology license in December through Tulsa Technology Center. She put her skills into practice at a local salon while working part time at Chik-fil-a. And she started going to church, where she says, “I got a lot more peace and healing.” That healing led to improved relationships with her parents.
Barnes started another chapter in June: She was hired through Pro Recruiters as a teaching assistant at Community Action Project Tulsa. This fall, Barnes will become an employee of CAP, which will provide health benefits and help her complete her bachelor’s degree — something she wasn’t sure she could do on her own.
Barnes wants to become a children’s counselor and to start her own nonprofit.
“I can use what I’ve been through to help people,” she says.
Read Barnes’ 2015 profile at tulsapeople.com/againstallodds.
Preschool library honors slain Tulsan
On July 7 — what should have been Khalid Jabara’s 38th birthday — B’nai Emunah Preschool dedicated a new library in his memory. Jabara, the uncle of a B’nai student, was fatally shot Aug. 12, 2016, in an alleged hate crime.
The Khalid Jabara “Tikkun Olam” Memorial Library will house children’s books and family resources that illuminate ideas of justice, compassion, empathy, diversity and social change, according to Preschool Director Shelli Wright. The Jewish concept of tikkun olam expresses an obligation to “repair the world.”
Contribute to the B’nai library
School earns high praise
Eisenhower International School received a prestigious award for its French immersion program in May. It is the 11th U.S. elementary school to receive the LabelFrancEducation seal from the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, according to EIS Principal Connie Horner. Since 2012, only 91 schools (including 42 elementary schools) from all over the world have obtained that recognition, Horner says.
Bike Club gains ground for young cyclists
Twenty-five parks share a property line with Tulsa Public Schools, and another 15 are within walking distance, says Jason Whorton of Humble Sons Bike Co. Now, Bike Club, an afterschool cycling program founded by Humble Sons, has partnered with the City of Tulsa and TPS to create more park trails for students.
Many other projects are in the works. “We are also rolling out a Balance Bike (Strider) program this summer at all of the TPS Early Childhood Development Centers, so that 3- to 5-year-olds can learn balance and bike handling in school,” Whorton says.
To volunteer with Bike Club, visit bikeclubtulsa.com.
Voices of Oklahoma
do anything in the studio except paint. You can read a little bit
or have a cup of coffee or something like that.’ But he said,
‘Keep the energy clear.’”
— Artist Minisa Crumbo Halsey talking about her father, artist Woody Crumbo
“Voices of Oklahoma” is John Erling’s oral history project, supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.