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Index Letter From The Editor Enjoy the Moments Teacher of The Year: Leland Leslie Sandite Football Schedule Summer Bucket List Letter from the Mayor That Lake Life: Lake Like the Locals Back To School Tips Where Are They Now: Stacey Butterfield Sandite Chatter Mental Health Days We Are Sand Springs Calendar Sandites in Service: Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance

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The summer heat has arrived! We are thrilled to be settled in to our new space on Main Street. We have so enjoyed seeing everyone as they have come in to say hello and enjoy some Dippin' Dots. I am convinced there is nothing better than having the privilege of serving our community throughout the day. As the owner of a marketing firm I know the power and conveniences that e-commerce provides to both business and consumer. However, through my observation, after only 6 months on Main Street, I must say there will never be a technology that can replace the experience of walking and shopping your downtown. Downtown Sand Springs is filled with community spirit and currently a fresh sense of renewal. The old buildings of Sand Springs provide such a rich esthetic to the new businesses that call them home. On Main Street we have watched individuals consider opening their own company in the buildings around us. The enthusiasm is so refreshing. It is truly a time of new life in downtown and we are happy to be a part of the growth.

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Why So Serious?

Enjoy The Moments

THE SUMMER SLOW DOWNS HAVE ARRIVED! This time of year life always seems to be busy, yet fun, but overall less productive. While the structure of school and fall festivities will be here in no time let’s remember not to take the summer slow downs too seriously. In the July edition of We Are Sand Springs we dive into the many ways you can enjoy your summer. We will show you how to Lake Like the Locals, get back in the school grind, and highlight various Sandites and organizations making a difference in our community. Start enjoying your summer with us in Sand Springs!

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Teacher Of The Year

Leland Leslie

We are proud to honor the Sand Springs Public Schools you about Leslie! He’s also taught social studies and math, Central 9th Grade Center’s art teacher Leland Leslie. too. Having already been decked out in accomplishments, While gracing the Tulsa area with more than 23 years the visionary is now polishing off his 2017-18 Sand Springs of teaching experience, his love of art has sent him around Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. the world. He’s studied Japanese aesthetics in Japan, before traveling back to Japan again as a specialist in We got a chance to speak with Leslie on his newly Japanese ceramics to write curriculum for Japanese acclaimed prize, how he came to receive it, and why he studies. Fund For Teachers even gave him a grant to loves teaching. When asked travel to Italy to study the art and about his teaching history, he architecture of the Classical and professed his love for teaching “When I came to Sand Springs, I realized Renaissance time periods. that there was another way a school can specifically in Sand Springs. be. I was very happy with that. We are One of the reasons Leslie has “When I came to Sand truly a community of educators and our made such a great candidate for Springs I realized that there was the award is because of his love administrators are exceptional.” another way a school can be,” for his students. He is certified to Leslie said. “I was very happy teach mild to moderate disability with that. We are truly a community of educators and our students, as well as severe to profound disability students. administrators are exceptional.” He told us he loves his classes so much, he’s used Leslie tells us he was surprised and humbled to receive a Foundation Grant to give back to his classes with the the honors after serving more than 11 years for the school purchase of a SMART Board, wireless tablet, and a district. But don’t let the art be the only thing that fools computer.


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But nothing brings that love back around like seeing where your kids go after they leave your class. Leslie found one such student practicing art in another state. “I just attended an opening for one of my students several months ago that went to Kansas City Arts Institute and trained,” Leslie said. “Now he’s a professional painter and has a studio.” Leslie is active in the arts and education community in Sand Springs and in the U.S. He’s been a volunteer and coach for the Special Olympics of Oklahoma before. He’s also a member of the National Education Foundation, Oklahoma Education Association, the Oklahoma Art Education Association, the Oklahoma Alliance for Geographic Education, and the American Historical Association.

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But above all, Leslie continues to make an impact on the Sand Springs community and our youth. He’s currently in the process of starting a Sand Springs Arts & Humanities Council for Sand Springs ARTS!, the city’s first ever non-profit arts council. He says he hopes the council will serve as the hub of all things art in town, hoping they will hold fundraisers throughout the year to raise money and gain partners. “These are your children and our students but we still call them our kids. We appreciate the opportunity to make a difference for the students in Sand Springs. Thank you for sharing your students with us.” If you’d like to reach Leland Leslie, you can email him at leland.leslie@sandites.org.

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Summer Bucketlist

Make 2018 the summer for checking off your Sand Springs bucket list. From spending time with your family and friends to having a place to take the kids on a hot day, Sand Springs has a little something for everyone. Haven’t made a list? Don’t know where to start? Go ahead start your list with these 3 things. 1. Local Date Day

Date in Sand Springs. Sand Springs has quite a few hidden gems. Your day can start with hiking the trails at Keystone Ancient Forest or walking one of Sand Springs’ many scenic trails. Follow that with lunch at the Crow’s Nest at Pier 51 or The Harbor at CrossTimbers Marina. Then take your date shopping at one of Sand Springs’ many local boutiques. Visit wearesandsprings.com/ShopLocal for a full list.

2. Out with the Kids

Bring them to Case Community Park. Go in the morning to beat the heat. Grab the kids and walk the Katy Trail, play the disc golf course, and best of all... let the kiddos play in the splash pad! For extra fun, embrace your inner competitor and play horseshoes, catch a game at the park’s ball fields, polish up your olympic volleyball skills at one of the park’s two sand volleyball courts, and enjoy access to clean restrooms.. Maybe your enjoy basketball, horseshoes, or photography this park has it all. You can make this a weekly summer Bucket List tradition for 2018!

3. Hanging with Friends

Catch FREE and LOW-COST Movies Outdoor Movie Night: Catch a flick outside with Sand Springs Parks two more times this summer. These community wide outdoor movie night are located on the Great Lawn inside of Case Community Park. The movie begins at dusk and family fun at 6pm. 7/13: "Paddington" 8/10: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Movies at the Library: Take a couple of friends on August 2nd from 2-3:30 p.m. to the Charles Page Library for a featured FREE movie. All ages are welcome. Need more bucket list ideas? We have your covered! Do it all and see it all because we have it all in Sand Springs. WeAreSandSprings.com/BucketList

Cinemark Cinema 8: You can also see $1 kid movies on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Sand Springs’ Cinemark Cinema 8. The full schedule is as follows: 7/9-7/12: "My Little Pony" 7/16-7/19: "Ferdinand" 7/23-7/26: "Paddington 2


Mike Burdge

HEROES: My heroes have always been pastors. They are the people who I look up to and admire, even though I have been involved with sports most of my life. When I call up names of my heroes, it’s names like George Whittfield, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, and George Muller that pop into my head. These men are real heroes; men who gave their lives day-by-day for the betterment of mankind. I’ve had the pleasure of serving with some local supermen myself. I spent almost three years as an associate of Bill Weaver and five years with Pastor David Emigh. I got to help Pastor Emigh pioneer Word of Life Fellowship. Our nation was birthed by men like these two. Thomas Jefferson's father sent him off to college to be a minister, but the teachers wrote back to his father and said that he would make a better lawyer. Ben Franklin's dad sent him off to school to be a preacher, but he took the money and......well you'll have to read his autobiography to hear what he did in his own words. Out of 250 men considered to be our nation’s founding fathers, 85 of them were mentored by a pastor. The pastor’s name was John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The very first Speaker of the House of Representatives was a pastor from New York. Sixteen of the first 18 colleges started in this nation were started by churches and presided over by pastors. Both Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry were deeply influenced by a preacher in their views of liberty and freedom, the Rev. Samuel Davies. Most all of the local militias of the day were lead by their local pastors; the British called them the Black Robe Regiments. Pastors in that day were the

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role models that young men were pointed to, and there was one in most every village.It has been said that over 80% of the population of America heard the voice of George Whitfield. And he inspired many to become preachers, all to be better citizens. I often have wondered what our culture would be like today if pastors were the models our youth aspired to be. On Saturday June 16th I was privileged to spend the evening with some of these heroes. They volunteered to help umpire softball games at the Mayor's Cup. I myself have done this for many years, and this year some of our pastors and their staff stood by my side. It was a fun night that raised almost $3,000 for Sand Springs Community Services. We started at six o'clock and finished a little before twelve. $3,000 does not sound like a lot of money in these days and hundreds of people in Sand Springs could donate that much money with a single check and not bat an eye. But there's something special when a community of everyday people band together for an evening of fun, food, fellowship along with some friendly competition to benefit a good cause, lead by some of the greatest pastors history has ever seen. I believe that's what has always made this a great place to live. Not only the great things we accomplish together but the great pastors this city has to lead us. I don't have space nor time nor ink to list all these great men today, and days past, so let me say to you all: Pastors you are my heroes today and always.

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1.PLAY LIKE A LOCAL

Keystone Harbor Marina 1989 Crosstimbers Harbor Lane, Mannford OK Rent a boat online or visit the marina to ask about rentals. Rent a pontoon boat and have a full day on the water. If you want to go fast, rent a runabout boat. For accessories, ask the harbor about their tube, skis & wakeboard rentals. Sandites know the importance of getting summer sun at the lake. Sand Springs lakes provide locals and visitors with opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors with hiking, boating, camping, fishing, off roading and more. With plenty of sunny days left this summer take advantage of this list of ways to Lake Like the Locals.

Pier 51 Marina Keystone State Park If you like to rent your fun, try here. Rent skis, wakeboards, and tubes. If you’d like, rent you and your friends a pontoon boat for four hours or a kayak for two hours.

2. FISH LIKE A LOCAL Woody’s Bait & Tackle 209th and 412 Highway Shop here if you’re heading out to Keystone Lake. Woody’s has everything from live bait, to tackle, to fishing licenses! Locals say you can’t go wrong with the place. The staff is incredible! Mannford Fishing Dock 1200 S Keyport Rd , Mannford, OK Look no further for great fishing. Cast a crankbait to catch largemouth, smallmouth, and striped bass. There aren’t many better spots for fulfilling your daily limit.

White Water/Brush Creek Just South of Highway 151 and US 412 Fish below the dam. A surefire way to catch a lot of fish. Reel in more bass, bullheads and catfish this summer when you fish here. Sand Springs Lake East 10th Street and South 81st West Avenue If you don’t want to make a day out of a big lake, stay in town and experience Sand Springs Lake. Enjoy easy access to parking, fishing, picnic areas, and bike and walking trails. The lake serves as a great family atmosphere for fishing, as you can park, walk straight up to the water’s edge, and cast your line.


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3. EAT & ENTERTAIN LIKE A LOCAL The Crow’s Nest Keystone State Park, OK Try here for lunch or dinner. Open Thursday through Sundays, you’ll find it on the west side of the lake. Live music every Saturday night at The Crow’s Nest. Eat American favorites like fresh burgers, chicken entrees, pulled pork, catfish and steak. Harbor Grill 1989 CrossTimbers Harbor Ln, Mannford, OK Wanting live music and food? Spend your evening here! The place has great eats and features live, local bands on various nights of the week. Freddies Steak House 68 Industrial Dr, Mannford, OK Sink your teeth into some of the areas’ most exquisite seafood and finely cut steaks. Nestled close to the lake with a rebuilt dock for easy access from the water making for fantastic views of the lake.

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5. OFF-ROAD LIKE A LOCAL Appalachia Bay and Recreation Area W Appalachia Bay Rd, Shady Grove, OK Located near Shady Grove, the recreation area is filled with welcoming people, a lot of swimming opportunities, and a great powersports landscape. Bring your trailer packed with off road vehicles. Enjoy doing donuts in the dirt, spend time with your family, and watch the sunset from the beaches. White Water ORV Park Just South of Highway 412 off of Highway 151 If you’re looking for more off-roading opportunities you’ll find them here. Spin your wheels in this area just below the dam near Keystone State Park. Enjoy lots of trails, mud and obstacles as you navigate your ATV through its muddy landscape.

6. LODGE LIKE A LOCAL Paradise Cottage Keystone State Park Wind down with a cottage-cooked meal in one of the park’s most quaint destinations. The getaway comes with a full kitchen, bathrooms, a fireplace and an indoor jacuzzi tub. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park 29365 OK-51, Mannford, OK Camp at 1 of 73 newly renovated campsites. Keep in mind the park is currently constructing 30 cabins and 43 full hookup RV sites that visitors will soon be able to enjoy. Airstream Trailers at Keystone Harbor Keystone Lake near Mannford Show your fun side and stay in these classic RV’s. Sitting directly on the harbor, enjoy picturesque views and a gentle breeze as you take in the summer sun. You’ll need to go through Keystone Harbor for booking.


back to START YOUR SLEEPING SCHEDULE EARLY Two weeks before the first day of school students should make an effort to go to bed earlier at night and wake up near the same time they normally would during the school year. This allows students, of all ages, to transition back into a schedule more easily. Kicking the summer sleeping blues will be a thing of the past!

COMPILE A LIST OF STUDY SPACES Having a desk stocked with supplies is great for a homework space at the house, but sometimes the atmosphere can get.. less inspiring. Compiling a list of different places to focus on school work can keep the momentum going throughout the year. Some ideas: Chandler Park, Case Community Park, Keystone Lake, Starbucks, or even just the back porch can liven up a routine.

GET ORGANIZED Getting organized is best to do before the busyness begins. Organize and plan now so you can save time during the school year. Aside from your usual summer school shopping endeavors, make getting a planner filled out a priority. Plan ample time for homework, ensure you have your extracurricular activities scheduled, and make time for a social life. Parents of younger students, watch as your student begins to feel empowered when they are “in the know� regarding the schedule.

PARTICIPATE IN REASOR'S SUPPLY FOR SCHOOLS Be a part of Reasor’s Supply for Schools and help give Sand Springs Public Schools students a chance to get ahead this school year. From July 25th through August 14th, you can visit the Reasor’s on Highway 97 and help support our students. See the cashiers inside and ask about buying a $15 school supply bag that will be donated to the schools. If you want to just donate money, ask about buying a donation card at the register.

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Where are they now?

Stacey Butterfield

The edition's special Sandite is none other than Stacey Butterfield, class of 1985. Stacy is now the Superintendent for Jenks Public Schools and in 2017 was inducted into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame!

Elementary before becoming Jenks Public Schools Assistant Superintendent. In 2013, Stacey was named the Jenks Public Schools Superintendent.

Stacey grew up in Sand Stacey told us about her Springs and spent most of her time in Sand Springs, citing her "My experience as a student in childhood education at Sand teachers and administrators Sand Springs gave me a greater Springs Public Schools. The as her influencers during that understanding of the importance Hall of Famer went on to get time. Stacey believes that of public education.” her undergraduate degree Sand Springs helped shape her at Oklahoma State University career. When asked what her coming back to Sand Springs to initial reaction to being inducted spend her summers teaching as a teacher’s aid. She into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of later got her doctorate at the University of Oklahoma, Fame in 2017 was, she said, before graduating and starting her career as a classroom teacher for Jenks Public Schools. “I was truly honored and humbled to be inducted into the Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame. Taking on new challenges, after years of teaching Sand Springs was a wonderful place to grow up, and in Jenks Public Schools Stacey embraced a role as I am so grateful for the support and encouragement I the Director of Public Relations for the district . She received from so many people in the community. My then became the Building Principal at Jenks East experience as a student in Sand Springs gave me a greater understanding of the importance of public education.” Our "Where Are They Now?" Sandite has taken her lessons learned in Sand Springs and her Sandite spirit through her education, into being an educator and an administrator. She’s now an advocate for the Oklahoma school system, serving as a member on a number of state and national organizations. “I hope today’s students realize just how many people believe in them, and want to see them succeed. Whether it is in academics, athletics, the arts, or any other pursuit, I would encourage students to take full advantage of every opportunity. It is so beneficial to find a support system, establish goals, and push forward with confidence. I’m thankful for the teachers, principals, and coaches who passed those lessons on to me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those influences and the strong foundation I was able to form in Sand Springs.” Stacey’s education career has brought her more than an induction into the 2017 Sand Springs Education Foundation Hall of Fame.


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Stacey is a true Sandite, born and raised. Her love and passion for education, starting right here in Sand Springs, has propelled her to the top of Green Country’s third largest school district. Stacey Butterfield, congratulations on your past, present, and future achievements! Go Sandites!

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FACEBOOK JOKES! WE ARE SAND SPRINGS How does NASA organize their gettogethers? They planet. SEAN MICHAEL BARNES What did the band director name his daughters? Anna one, Anna two. DANIELLE RITCHIE How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together. SHY HANDSCHUMACHER What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground Beef. Like making people laugh? You can still post your jokes in our We Are Sand Springs Group. Make sure to join and use hashtag #JokeOfTheDay with your jokes! #wearesandsprings @wearesandsprings 22 WeAreSandSprings.com | July 2018


Mental Health Days

Why So Serious

During the school year and cold months, anxiety, school and work can build up and cause undue stress. While you have your weekends to yourself, sometimes they aren’t quite enough to get away from the pressure. Oftentimes, the summer months are a great chance to regroup, refocus and reinvest. Whether you’re needing some much needed lake time, time to focus on your family, or time to revisit your career goals, there are plenty of local area businesses who give employees great benefits for their mental health.

Mental Health Days

Businesses nationwide are recognizing the importance of having mentally healthy employees, going as far to offer mental health days as a part of their benefits and time off packages. Generally, most people are accustomed to having vacation and sick days, but now you might be able to recoup in other ways. Whether you need to take some time off for yourself, your stress level, learn how to keep others mentally healthy, or just need time for whatever personal issues are boggling your brain, we’ve found several Sand Springs businesses that are helping their employees out. US Cellular W Wekiwa Rd. US Cellular, a northeastern Oklahoma staple, has dedicated its benefits to helping employees through their Paid Time Off (PTO) program. The company offers many medical benefits, as well as encourages employees to dress business casual and to enjoy flexible work arrangements. They also help employees de-stress by offering an education assistance program and associate adoption assistance.

Starbucks W Alexander Blvd. Our location was one of many of the franchise’s locations to close on May 29th to participate in racial bias employee training. The business has shown that one of its goals is to not only keep its employees mentally healthy, but to help train them so they can help keep others mentally healthy.

Reasor’s Foods Highway 97 Keeping your employees mentally healthy is built into the benefits package here. Not only is Paid Time Off (PTO) a part of their benefits package, they offer employees several gym membership discounts and a wellness program just for their mental and physical health.

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Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance

The Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance is helping school supply items kids get ahead this coming school year with the glue sticks. group’s 2018 Back to School Supply Giveaway event “We are churches and ministries working happening on August 12th. together helping Sand Springs be the best community that it can be.”

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Hillspring Church’s Pastor Brent Kellogg, an executive member of the alliance, expressed his Those who need excitement that everyone supplies can show up from 2-4 p.m. to catch a free is coming together to help less fortunate kids have haircut, get a new backpack, and pick up common a great start to the school year.

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“We are churches and ministries working together helping Sand Springs be the best community that it can be.”

Once inside the Tulsa Tech campus, the right conference room will be the hub of the school giveaway. The haircuts are held in another part of the building.

Tulsa Tech started the giveaway event several years ago before inviting the ministerial alliance to If you are a student or parent of a student and help. The event is still held at the Tulsa Tech Sand feel that you would like to attend on August 12th Springs Campus, off of Charles Page Boulevard, it is important to know that you do not need to be partly because of the facilities’ great cosmetology a member of any church to partake in the event. department. Pastor Kellogg says the event works best on a Sunday because multiple hairstylists will be available to help school-aged kids get their If you’re interested in donating to haircut for free. the cause, the alliance asks you make the donation through your own church. Last year, more than 11 churches participated Donations, both tangible and monetary, in helping with the giveaway. This year, Pastor are due by July 16th. Kellogg says there are too many to count, so he doesn’t want to leave anyone out!

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Summer is here, and so is the heat! As much as we love soaking in the summer sun and watching our pets play in the sunlight, we need to be careful. Dogs and cats can get overheated if we are not careful, which can cause major health issues. So here are a few tips for keeping your pets cool and hydrated in the summer months. NEVER leave your pet in a hot car. In just one hour on a 75-degree day the temperature inside your car can reach 115 degrees. Even on a hotter day with the windows down, if left in the car for too long, your pet can be at risk for overheating. DON’T burn your pet’s paws: Stay off Asphalt! If the surface is too hot for you to walk on, chances are your pet won’t want to walk on it, either. Limit your time on surfaces like concrete and asphalt. Try rotating between those surfaces and grass. ALWAYS have fresh water available: If your pet’s water supply has an odd scent, or has been sitting in the sun for too long, they might get a bit finicky. Always make sure you have a fresh bowl of water for them. If it’s too hot, leave your pet at home. Generally, if it’s more than 85 degrees outside and you’re going to be outside for a considerable amount of time, it’s best to crate your dog or cat. Laying out in the sun for 5 hours on a hot day might be a great way for you to spend the day, but exposing your animal to those temperatures and direct sunlight exposure could cause them severe dehydration. LIMIT excessive exercise. Exercise is key to maintaining a healthy pet, but over exercise can cause room for concern. If you notice your dog panting rapidly after some play, give them a chance to recover. KNOW the signs of dehydration. Sunken eyes, lethargy, excessive panting, loss of appetite, dry mouth and depression are all symptoms of dehydration. Always pay attention to what your pet is trying to tell you, keep fresh water available, and make sure they are not overly exposed to the heat.

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