Honorees

Please join us in honoring this year’s community partner, Street School, and individual honoree, Rep. Carol Bush.

This year’s individual honoree is former Junior League of Tulsa President and current District 70 Oklahoma State Representative Carol Bush. Carol Bush was born and raised in Tulsa. After graduating from Oral Roberts University in 1983 with a business marketing degree, Carol planted her roots firmly in Midtown where she has raised a family, run a business and served the community ever since. She successfully ran her own retail stores for 20 years, before turning to public service within the Health Department and then as the Executive Director of the Crime Commission’s Crime Prevention Network for 10 years. The non-profit coordinated the Alert Neighbor program and Crime Stopper program for the Tulsa Metropolitan area.

Carol likes to say that all her professional endeavors prepared her to enter the world of politics.  She is entering her second term and serves as:

  • Chair of the Children Youth and Family Services Committee
  • Secretary of the Republican Caucus
  • Member of the Common Education Committee, Health Services & Long-Term Care and A&B Public Safety Subcommittee
  • Oklahoma Commission on the status of Women
  • Diabetes Caucus
  • Waiting List Caucus
  • Oklahoma Early Childhood Legislative Caucus
  • Oklahoma Care-Giver Coalition

Carol has extensive experience as a community volunteer.  Over the years she has served on various boards in the Tulsa area including; Big Brothers and Sisters of Green Country, Tulsa Area United Way, Camp Fire U.S.A. (VP Ways and Means), Tulsa Public Schools Mentoring Council, Philbrook Art After Five (Chair), Board of Deacons at First Presbyterian Church (Chair), Emergency Infant Services (Fundraiser Chair), Philcrest Tennis Club Board of Directors, Brookside Merchant Association, American Advertising Federation, Carnegie Elementary PTA (VP Ways and Means), Elder at First Presbyterian Church, YWCA, Board Member of the Junior League of Tulsa for 5 years and served as President of the Junior League of Tulsa 2001-02, YWCA Board of Directors and Chair of the Advocacy Committee.

She married and has two daughters, Moriah a teacher in Kansas City and Nicole a student in Denver. Leisure time activities include bicycling, and travel.

 

Street School combines alternative education and therapeutic counseling and is Oklahoma’s longest running and most successful dropout prevention and intervention program. Annually, we serve an average of 140 students ages 14-19 who reside in the Tulsa Public School district. Street School’s focus is on teens who have dropped out or are on the verge of dropping out due to academics, abuse, neglect, bullying, drugs, or pregnancy/teenage parenting needs and offers them a second chance to graduate.

  • Goal: to reduce the high school-dropout rate and provide at-risk students the academic and emotional skills needed to prepare them for college/technical school and the workforce
  • Graduates: on average, 90% of seniors graduate each year
  • Gap: 66% of students live in households where the annual income is less than $27,000 and for the majority of those, it is $16,000 or less

Dropping out of high school has a lasting impact on our community

  • 4,000 students drop out each year in the Tulsa area
  • On average, 20% of Oklahoma students leave school between ninth grade and graduation
  • 25% of dropouts over the age of 25 live in poverty
  • 71% of prison inmates did not graduate from high school
  • Over the course of their lifetime, dropouts earn, on average about $260,000 less than a high school graduate and more than $800,000 less than a college graduate

For more information visit: http://www.streetschool.org

 

Please join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019, as we honor the positive impact the work Street School and Rep.Carol Bush has and continues to have on the Tulsa community.