RSU program presents book drive to Claremont students
Mark Friedel Progress Photo
Since 2009, Rogers State University has been a big brother to Claremont Elementary, providing the “hillcubs” with school supply drives, holiday food assistance, gym days, tutoring programs and more. Each year, the Hillcub Program adopts Claremont classes to provide any needed assistance.
On Tuesday, RSU student volunteers and directors donated more than 500 bags of books to students just in time for the holidays. Every child in the school received a bag of fun activities that included at least 5 books.
“This is pretty huge. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to for awhile,” said Claremont Principal Brian Young. “We see so much negative in the news, it’s nice to see something positive.”
The Hillcub program has created a strong relationship between RSU and Claremont, however the two schools’ special connection began long before the adoption took place.
More than 100 years ago, Eastern Prepatory School, presently known as RSU, was established at the current site of Claremont Elementary. At the time, the institution prepared young people for college.
Eastern Prep was later moved to “College Hill” in 1911 and became Prepatory Hall. The building seated the entire student body of Eastern University Prepatory School until the institution was closed in 1917 due to changing educational needs in Northeastern Oklahoma.
Donations for the RSU Book Drive were donated throughout a two week period. RSU student workers and volunteers helped pack and organize the bags for each grade level.
“The children really enjoy it,” said RSU New Media Specialist Anthony Tucker. “It’s nice for us to be able to give back to the community, especially after the tragic accident that happened in Connecticut last week.”