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Atoka GEAR UP students tour Oklahoma City Zoo

5/24/2018

WILBURTON, OK (May 24, 2018) – Ninety-three GEAR UP students from Atoka Public Schools recently toured the Oklahoma City Zoo located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District.

Students enjoyed exploring the zoo which is home to more than 1,900 animals. The exhibits include an Asian themed section that houses the elephant habitat with outdoor yards, pools, waterfalls and a barn which can be viewed from a raised boardwalk. The students were also intrigued by the Cat Forest/Lion overlook containing species of big and small cats.

Another popular exhibit was Oklahoma Trails featuring animals native to Oklahoma including black bears, alligators, bison and over two dozen snakes. The students had an up close look at the familiar animals and were able to learn more about their habitats and routines.

“We all remember our own field trips as young students and the impact they had on us,” said GEAR UP Education Coordinator Denise Lovell. “Students in the GEAR UP program are encouraged to explore life beyond the classroom and to experience new pathways.”


GEAR UP students from Atoka 6th grade pose outside the OKC Zoo. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Rian Coulter, Victoria Payne, (middle row) Jasmine Pittman, Shaun Stick, Hayley Rodriguez, Charli Wren, Lexi Rector, Brandy Morgan, Angelina Bayles, Joey Burrage, Selah Arterberry, Hailey Self, Johanna Campbell, Abigail Whisman, (back row) Kailey Powell, Ella Tapley, Cioni Brown, Raeleigh Madden, Makinzlee Glenn, Kyleigh Ritchie, Aven Hill, Lucy Cochran, Ginger Cochran, Alyvea Benefield, and Joy Mayo.


GEAR UP students from Atoka 6th grade pose outside the OKC Zoo. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Aeden Mullen, John Chaffin, Jason Bayles, Paul Skaggs, Keisean Shields, Connor Smith, (middle row) Edward Rockwell, Patryck Brooks, Tyron Glover, Zachary Lewis, John Gibbons, Heath Grimley, Kale Phillips, Jimmy Jones, (back row) Mike Shields, Pacer Pingleton, Anthony McGee, J.W. Donihoo, Brian Rigatti, Kade Embry, Tyler La, A.J. Williams, Zachary Pursiville, and Parker Burrage.


GEAR UP students from Atoka 7th grade pose outside the OKC Zoo. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Danielle Isadore, Allison Feb, Haley Robinson, Ashlynn Granger, (middle row) Taryn Finch, Lexi Prindle, Emmalee Turrentine, Britt Kenyon, Hannah Vanderburg, Bryanna Barcus, Jocelyn Cochran, Leah West, Lacie Gardner, (back row) Libby O’Brien, Brianna Nichols, Sydney Rember, Reagan Cochran, Alexis Reichert, Brandi Hall and Amairah Hill.


GEAR UP students from Atoka 7th grade pose outside the OKC Zoo. Pictured are: (front row, left to right) Creed Viefhaus, Danny Eldridge, Kody Heilburn, Alexander Valeri, Daesean Weaver, Cam Carroll, Connor Smith, (middle row) Tommy Kelcey, Adam Rushin, Joel Lewis, Holton Franklin, Dominic Rodriguez, Easton Hummel, Keylon Shields, Gavin Collins, (back row) Karson George, Tyrell Hill, Kollin Ritchie, Andrew McCall, Sean Allen, Noah Sherrill, Grayson Axom and Zaiden Johnson.

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