SULPHUR — Kim Henry, First Lady of Oklahoma, was presented with a certificate of appreciation Monday at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur for her work in promoting the school statewide.

Henry has promoted both the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur and the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee though public service announcements since September.

"It is a true honor to be here today," Henry said. "You have definitely charmed me and this is a wonderful place to be. It was my honor to do the commercials and radio spots and so thank you for asking me to do that."

Henry said that she and the Gov. plan to modify the education system in Oklahoma to include all schools and all students.

"One of the things that Brad and I are truly trying to do during our short time in office is to create an educational system for every student, even those that are unique learners and to make an educational system and a community that values everyone," she said. "It is refreshing to come here and see what you have done."

Students from both the OSD Performing Arts Company and the OSB Jazz Band provided the entertainment during the luncheon before presenting Henry with the award.

Henry recalled a time when she interacted with several deaf students when she was an educator.

"Several years ago when I taught school, every year I would take a group of my high school juniors and seniors to Washington D.C. to study government up close," she said. "It was truly inspirational for those kids to be a part of that, because they learned so much. One year, we were truly fortunate because we were at Washington D.C. at the same time that the delegates of deaf students from another state were there. My students were fortunate enough to be able to room with some of the students and when they graduated, they came back and told me that the most meaningful experience of their entire high school career was the time they got to spend with the hearing impaired students at Washington D.C. They learned so much from those students."

Superintendent Larry Hawkins of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf said he valued what the First Lady of the state did for the school.

"We're just so appreciative that the first lady came to visit the school and that she's interested in education for all children in Oklahoma, including deaf children," Hawkins said. "We're just pleased to have her here."

Henry said she enjoyed spending time at the OSD and with the students.

"I had a wonderful time touring the school," she said. "The children read a story to me and I got to see them in action in the classroom and visit with them and they put on the program at lunch that was truly inspirational. I'm not sure what I did to deserve it, but it was really a wonderful experience."

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