Grade school student

Reaching Out To Those In Need

Rose State's Adopted School Program is helping at-risk schools and students
Senior citizen at a health fair held at the College

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

The Wellness Center offers opportunities for people of different ages, abilities & interests
Exterior view of the Hudiburg Chevrolet Performing Arts Center

One of Oklahoma's Premier Performing Venues

The Hudiburg Chevrolet Center features a full calendar of cultural & educational events
Students volunteering for service learning opportunities

Building Character

Rose State students donate time, materials & money to charitable organizations such as Habitat For Humanity

Adopted School Program

In July 2001, Rose State College reached out to adopt Telstar and Willow Brook Elementary Schools. Both were identified as at-risk schools by the Oklahoma City Public School District.

These are schools with limited resources and tremendous needs. In the 2013-2014 academic year, 93 percent of Telstar’s students and 91.4 percent of Willow Brook’s students were economically deprived. In addition to dealing with the students’ economic realities, their achievement scores were well below the 70th percentile — Willow Brook had a final overall school grade per district report card of 68, or D; and Telstar had a final overall school grade per district report card of 38, or F.

Although the schools have many needs, the most critical need as determined by Telstar's and Willow Brook’s principals was personal involvement. The principals emphasized the importance of tutoring and mentoring for students. Understanding that mastering reading and math is essential to all occupations and to the lives of the students, Rose State staff set out to focus on these areas.

The adopted school program encourages at-risk students not only by providing support to build academic skills and role models and mentors, but also by building self-esteem and confidence. Community involvement not only adds diversity of resources but also strengthens the core of the program.

Because we believe that "It takes a village to raise a child," the Rose State adopted school program invites organizations and business to become involved as well. Opportunities for involvement are as diverse as our partners, and our community partners are invited to participate at the level that best fits their structure. These opportunities may involve volunteering on a regular basis, one time or for a special event. Donations of money, supplies, or equipment are also appreciated by the schools.

Our current adopted school partners:

  • OKC Thunder
  • Target

If you would be interested in helping make a difference in a child’s life, please contact Joanne Stafford  at (405) 733-7373 or Joanne Stafford.


How can I apply to tutor a child?

Stop by the Special Services Office in the Learning Resource Center, Room 106, (405) 733-7373 to let us know you are interested or you can contact Joanne Stafford at with questions.

When can I tutor?

Tutoring times are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How do I get to the schools?

Both schools are within 10 minutes of Rose State. We have provided maps to both schools for your convenience.


Service Opportunities

Join the campus in this opportunity to plant the seeds of hope and dreams in the minds of students who may not have dared to dream of success. These are a few specific needs, however your ideas and talents are welcome.

Suggested Service Activities

• Reading and math tutoring for elementary age students

Media Center Aid

• Shelve Books catalog; help with book identification to prepare books for scanning
• Enter information on computer

Computer Lab Assistant

• Facilitate the learning of students with computerized academic
• Minor computer troubleshooting

Teacher’s Aide

• Direction of the teachers; working with teacher in the classroom

Science Fair Mentors

• Assist teachers with preparing the students for the spring district science fair