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Education staff hosts ‘pop-up’ outreach event

From left to right are Kajir Harriott (Education), Onesimus Stockton (Hollywood Recreation), Rollie Gilliam III (Education) and Hurvens
Monestime (Education) at the drive-thru event. (Photo Damon Scott)

HOLLYWOOD — The Education Department, formerly known as the Center for Student Success and Services (CSSS), held its second annual “drive-thru popcorn pop-up” event Dec. 1.

Students and parents came to the Dorothy S. Osceola (DSO) complex on the Hollywood Reservation to receive information on Education’s programs (K-12 education, higher education, tutoring, library services and tribal professional development) from several staff members who were onsite.

Rollie Gilliam III said the goals of the drive-thru were not only to disseminate information but also to reinitiate the community’s engagement with the department, and for the department’s outreach methods to be evaluated. Gilliam, who is the quality assurance analyst for the department, said those goals were met.

There were raffles, prizes and giveaways, too. Tammy Osceola, Ciara Billie and Rhonda Shell all won gift baskets.

Gilliam developed the pop-up series with the help of Tiawannah Calhoun, Hollywood’s K-12 adviser.