Friday, August 16, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Lesons learned

School started this week. I know, breaking news right?

It’s amazing to feel the change, that’s come over Grove (and the area communities) now that the regular routine of a school day is back in place.

I know, I know. Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer. But it’s almost as if summer is over, regardless that the calendar is still showing mid-August.

I’ve learned a lot in the last few days, checking out some of the new school supplies and things.

Like, did you know you can get a battery operated chandelier for your locker? Let me tell you, some of those upper elementary lockers put my decorating skills to shame.

I asked one parent where his daughter planned to put her books — his response was a shrug. Books, it seemed, took a back seat to style.

I’ve also learned this week how much Grove Sun readers like to see pictures of their kidlets on Facebook. While we (the collective “we” of the Grove Sun staff) can’t be everywhere, or take photos at every event, going back to school is a pretty big deal for a small community.

Today’s issue features a flavor of those photos. You can also find photos in a gallery online at and on our Facebook page,

Back To School Snapshots

Speaking of Facebook, have you entered our Back To School Snapshot contest?

The last time I looked, we have an assortment of pics (17 so far) featuring everything from cute preschoolers to mature high schoolers.

One — I’ll be honest, my favorite so far because it made me laugh — came from a mom, who got a bit “creative” with her photo.

Because her high school-aged sons didn’t let her take a “traditional” photo, she created a “photo illustration.” Creative, fun and yes, it still makes me laugh.

Have you entered? Visit this page: or click on the Back To School Photo Contest icon below our cover photo on Facebook.

Remember, tell all your family and friends to vote, one vote per person/per day. The photog with the most votes will earn four tickets to the Tulsa State Fair.

Have you picked a side?

Next Saturday, will be the Second Annual Guns & Hoses blood drive. Have you picked a side — are you Team Fire or Team Police?

Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and donate blood — and pick a team to support.

I hear members of both the Grove Fire and Police departments have been out in force, recruiting people to make a donation.

There’s even a fun challenge. The “losing” captain will push the other, in a wheelbarrow on the track in front of the home bleachers during an upcoming football game — all while wearing a tutu and “bedazzled” t-shirt. We’re still figuring out which game this will take place.

All in all, it’s been a busy, crazy and fun week in Grove. To all the teachers, students and parents, your friends at The Grove Sun hope you have an amazing, awesome, fantastic and wonderful school year.

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the Aug. 16, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun

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