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
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/Student Outreach Office in Room 101 of the Student Services Building and complete an application. You will then arrange a time you can take a tour of the school and meet the tutor coordinator. Once the coordinator finds a child that fits your schedule and interest, you will return and begin tutoring.
How can I get involved with adopted school work-study?
Start at the Special Services/Student Outreach Office in Room SSB101 and fill out an information sheet to let us know you are interested and that you plan to use your work-study hours at the adopted schools. If you have any questions, contact Joanne Stafford at (405) 733-7373 or visit the Special Services/Student Outreach Office in the Student Services Bldg. Room 101.
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.
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
• 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