Category Archives: Education

Garland wins award

RedFork Main Street Vice President Phil Garland, principal of Webster High School, has won the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors In Education Award.

The national award honors Garland with a crystal apple and a $5,000 grant for his school.

According to a media release, “the national award program recognizes the most collaborative public school principals in 25 cities, including Tulsa.”

All middle- and high-school principals in the Tulsa Public School District were eligible for the award. Several of Garland’s colleagues and community members nominated him for the award last month.

“Mr. Garland has transformed our school and the community surrounding it,” Gary Percefull, president of the Tulsa Board of Education, said in a media release. “Mr. Garland has helped sustain a collaborative effort with Webster and the six feeder schools that it serves. His outreach efforts also include the neighborhood and business community. He exemplifies the characteristics of a leader in the school and within the community.”

According to the news release, the program honors exemplary school principals who build partnerships with community organizations, parents, and guardians; resolve conflicts and promote safety in the school and community; or promote civic engagement and community service.


Let’s go fly a kite

Just a couple of blocks from the RedFork Main Street corridor, Reed Park Community Center is offering children ages 5 to 12 a chance to go fly a kite. Children will decorate their own kites and fly them during the class, which will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 7. Cost is $5. Participants must preregister by Tuesday, April 1.

Also, this Thursday, March 27, is the deadline to preregister for Reed Park’s “Get Out! Outdoor Skills for Kids!” The class, which meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from April 3 to April 24, will teach outdoor skills to kids ages 8 to 15. Kids will learn about camping, hiking, fishing and archery. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather. Cost for the class is $20 and must be paid at the time of registration.

For a complete listing of Reed Park’s other programs and activities, click here. (You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the page, which is a PDF document. If you do not have the reader on your computer, you can download it for free at