Week of July 8-14
Thank you to the community for supporting the Betty Fowler Memorial Blood Drive last week and giving your time and blood to save lives while helping the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce collect 36 units of blood, making it the most successful drive this year for Barnsdall. The blood drive was very busy throughout the day June 30, as donors waited patiently for the beds to be sanitized and dried between each donor giving blood. There were a total of 50 donors scheduled for the day, but 11 donors were unable to attend and a few donors were deferred, resulting in a confirmed 36 units collected. The American Red Cross also offered free COVID-19 antibodies testing to all blood donors at the drive. There will be four more blood drives scheduled for the community for the upcoming school year, and they will be announced at a later date.
The Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce will be meeting next week on Tuesday, July 14 at noon. The meeting will be at the Barnsdall Community Center and the members are still preparing to practice social distancing by providing extra tables to ensure everyone can be safe. Lunch will be served and an agenda will be emailed to all chamber members before the scheduled meeting.
The ACT testing center has released its official testing dates for high school students for the upcoming school year while adding eight additional testing dates for the fall due to the spring and summer test center cancellations. ACT has also added two additional fee waivers for the upcoming school year to students who qualify for free and reduced lunches, resulting in four free fee waivers for the year. The ACT test registration for the upcoming school year will open at the end of July. The first testing date is Sept. 12 and it will cost $52.00 to register. The ACT is an entrance exam that is required as part of the admissions process to enroll in most post-secondary education institutions. For more information and to register for the ACT, visit www.act.org.
Barnsdall Public Schools will be starting school in about a month, with the first official school day starting on Monday, Aug. 10. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, there are several Native American tribes providing school clothing assistance and school supplies for students. The Cherokee Nation provides clothing assistance to tribal members who qualify based on income guidelines. The application is due July 17 and can be accessed at www.cherokee.org or picked up at any of the Human Services field office locations. The Muscogee Creek Nation is offering a $250 voucher to students enrolled in Pre-K through 12th grade. The application is due by Dec. 31 and can be found at https://www.mcn-nsn.gov/services/school-clothing/. The Osage Nation offers school supplies to students through their Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) program. The school supplies will be delivered to the student’s school for pickup on a scheduled date in August.
The Osage Nation also offers several educational support programs to all students who are legally enrolled members. High school students are supported by the College Entrance Assistance Program (CEAT), where they can receive financial support for the ACT/SAT exams, college application fees and test preparation materials. If you are a high school student and want to register for the ACT on Sept. 12, you must fill out the CEAT application by Aug. 12 for prepayment. Students are also eligible for free tutoring through the CEAT program. For more information on any of these programs, please contact the Osage Nation Education Department at 918-287-5300.