Kirk Crossing expands preschool program in Jenks, seeks teachers

For 50 years, The Kirk has been known for its exceptional preschool program. This fall, the church will expand its preschool program to the Jenks area at their Kirk Crossing campus. Kirk Crossing is located at 11401 S. James Avenue (111th & Highway 75). “We are excited to expand this quality preschool program to those living in Jenks,” says Kirk executive director, Jera Holder.

Earlier this year, The Kirk hired a new preschool director, Ashley Strednak. With a Bachelors in Child Development, Strednak has a wealth of experience in early childhood education. She has served as a preschool teacher, assistant director, and center director. Strednak also has extensive experience writing curriculum for several schools in both Oklahoma and Arkansas. Under Strednak’s leadership, the preschool program will begin incorporating a new curriculum in the fall that will focus on the emotional, spiritual, physical and intellectual stages of each individual child.

The Christ-centered education, provides challenging academic experiences within nurturing, secure classrooms. “We will introduce your children to skills that will encourage them to become critical thinkers and life-long learners,” said Strednak.

Additionally, Kirk Preschool is partnering with the University of Central Oklahoma to provide future early childhood professionals a chance to gain experience and perform field work. “This new partnership will expose Kirk Preschool students to the latest research in best practice and how to provide the most quality educational experience for God’s children,” says Strednak.

Kirk Preschool will also be offering new parent prayer groups, parent education classes, and family nights. “We look forward to the future of Kirk Preschool,” says Holder. “It will be an exciting journey of discovery and growth.” Kirk Preschool is open to children between the ages of two and PreK. For more information regarding Kirk Preschool, visit, or call 918.484.8859.

Information on the job openings:

Kirk of the Hills is currently hiring preschool teachers for its new program that will open at its Jenks campus, Kirk Crossing, in the fall of 2016.

Kirk Crossing is located at 11402 S. James Avenue (111th & Highway 75) in Jenks. Kirk teachers work to create individualized learning plans for each child, provide on-going assessments for every student, and create a nurturing, loving Christian environment for all. Interested parties can find the full job description at

For more information, contact Ashley Strednak at astrednak(at)

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Trash Bash set for May 14

The Jenks Kiwanis Club’s annual Trash Bash will be May 14.

This year’s Trash Bash will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Locust Street, just east of Southlakes Golf Course (roughly 1315 W. Main St.).

The cost to drop off trash is $10 per pickup load. Trailers over eight feet long will require multiple tickets.

No contaminants, tires, batteries, refrigerants or hazardous materials will be accepted.

Tickets are available at the water department window at Jenks City Hall, 211 N. Elm St., and will also be available day-of at the drop-off site.

Library seeks Teen Team members

The Jenks Library is now taking applications for this summer’s Teen Team 2016. Teen Team volunteers assist librarians with TCCL activities during the annual library Summer Reading Program and get hands-on job experience.
Applicants should be:
• 13-15 years old.
• Able to work for several hours a week this summer at a Tulsa City County Library.
• Interested in gaining job experience, helping your local library, working with children and having fun.

Applications are available on our website ( or can be picked up at any library location.

Morning Spark program kicks off


Registration is now open for Morning Spark, a new program from the Jenks Chamber of Commerce focused on providing businesses with practical tips to find new customers, grow sales and streamline daily processes.

The first series of Morning Spark sessions will feature a social media bootcamp designed for small business owners. The program is divided into three sessions: Facebook, Instagram and Google, with each focused on practical tips for users of all skill levels.

The schedule is:

Thursday, May 5: Facebook and your business

Thursday, May 12: Instagram

Thursday, May 19: Google and beyond

All sessions begin at 8 a.m. at the Hive, and will last one hour.

The cost to attend is $10 per session, or $25 for all three. For non-Chamber members, the cost is $20 per session, or $50 for all three.

Registration is required. Email Sandi.Cox(at) to register.

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First Oklahoma Bank to host art show

First Oklahoma Bank invites people of all ages to enjoy an art exhibit featuring artwork by Russian orphans that will be on display starting mid-April in the Burt B. Holmes Fine Art Gallery in the lobby of the bank’s Jenks headquarters, 100 S. Riverfront Drive.

People may visit the bank’s Jenks lobby anytime from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting April 15 and extending through the end of the month.

The upcoming art show is the next in a series that the bank periodically opens to the public. A private reception to showcase the artwork and honor Orphan’s Tree will be held April 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the bank.

Founded in 2008, Orphan’s Tree helps orphans become productive and successful citizens while giving them hope for their future. The group’s mission is to break the cycle for orphans through the agency’s programs that focus on teaching orphans how to develop healthy relationships and sustain themselves.

The free art exhibit will feature about 50 pieces created by Russian orphans, ranging from ages 12 to 30. Pieces will include a variety of styles, including portraits, landscapes, architecture, pop art, real-life scenarios, florals, wood carvings and more.

Most of the artwork is from the personal collection of Tom Bennett Jr., First Oklahoma Bank’s Chairman, and his wife Sue Bennett, Senior Vice President and director of Investor Relations. For 17 years, the couple has taken mission trips to Russia, where they work with older adult and teenaged orphans who have aged out of the orphanage system.

“I’ve wanted to share these paintings for a long time. The plight of orphans is only getting worse and worse worldwide due to wars and oppression,” said Sue Bennett. “We’re trying to draw attention to this unique population of people and how orphans survive in the world.”

Creating art helps many orphans express themselves and understand their lives. It helps them process pain and express what is going on inside of them, Sue Bennett said. Most of the orphans whose art will be featured are self-taught artists.

However, several pieces to be displayed are the creations of Vladimir Shamarin, an orphan who became a trained artist and attended the Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.

For an orphan to even be accepted into the academy is an amazing feat. His artwork was so good that many of his teachers thought he was cheating and forced him to paint in front of them, Sue said.

For more information, contact Sue Bennett at 918-392-2525.


About First Oklahoma Bank

Started in 2009 with just six employees, First Oklahoma Bank has grown to more than 100 employees and more than $440 million in total assets. In addition to its Jenks headquarters at 100 S. Riverfront Drive, the bank also has branches in midtown Tulsa at 4110 S. Rockford Ave. and in Glencoe

Nationally-recognized business coach to speak at luncheon

April’s Monthly Luncheon will feature Tim Redmond, a business growth coach with expertise in executive coaching, team development and leadership.

The luncheon will take place at noon April 20 at the Hive.

Redmond is the CEO of Redmond Growth Initiatives, an organization designed to help businesses grow profits while also becoming a venue for personal development.  His “get big results in a short amount of time” approach to coaching and leadership training has made him a sought-after keynote speaker across the nation.  

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members. RSVP to nick.demoss(at) by 4 p.m. April 18.

Chamber board endorses Vision for Jenks proposal

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to endorse passage of the Vision for Jenks proposal on April 5.

Vision for Jenks is the City of Jenks’ proposal to renew the Vision 2025 sales tax currently collected by Tulsa County. The Jenks proposal will fund a number of projects in Jenks, including the city’s share of the south Tulsa/Jenks low water dam.

“Vision for Jenks is an opportunity to make key investments in our community,” said chamber chair Craig Bowman. “From the Arkansas River to neighborhood street maintenance, sidewalks and park improvements, Vision for Jenks builds a better Jenks without raising taxes.

“I encourage all Jenks residents to vote yes on Tuesday, April 5.”

The package includes funding for the dam, related trails and a pedestrian bridge over the dam and a number of shoreline improvements.

Vision for Jenks also includes creating and funding of a neighborhood road maintenance program, sidewalk construction, engineering and right of way for widening Elm Street south of 111th St., construction of a splash pad at Veterans Park and road reconstruction on First and Seventh Streets.

Passage of Vision for Jenks will, which will assess 5.5/10 of a cent, will not result in an increase in taxes as the current Vision 2025 tax is 6/10 of a cent.

The chamber also endorsed passage of Tulsa County’s Vision program, which will collect 5/100 of a cent over 15 years.

The two packages add up to Vision 2025’s 6/10 cent.

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