Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children

 

2003-2012

Giles Hill Animal Learning Center Dedicated

Bettye Hill and the new Giles Hill Animal Learning Center
First printed in the August 2006 Legacy
The Giles Hill Animal Learning Center at the Baptist Home for Girls in Madill was officially opened on Sunday, April 30, 2006. The facility will enhance BHG's agricultural education program.

Approximately 200 people gathered on the campus to witness the dedication ceremony of the 6000-square-foot facility that houses a show ring, classroom, stables, washroom, guest room, office and restrooms. “This animal learning center has been a dream of mine for 15 years,” BHG administrator Art Brown said. “It will serve the educational needs of many children in the years to come.”

Bettye and Giles Hill

The facility was made possible by private donations. “The ALC was named after the late Giles Hill because he loved children, and his wife Bettye was the catalyst for making this dream a reality,” Brown said.

Bettye Hill was present at the dedication ceremony and spoke of her late husband as being a man of ideas and dreams. Mrs. Hill said her husband, who owned a tire shop, was always positive and tried new ideas. Giles was granted a patent for a special tire invention.

“I am so pleased that you have honored Giles in this way,” Mrs. Hill said at the ceremony.

Tandy James, executive vice president for OBHC and a former administrator at the Madill campus, expressed appreciation to Mrs. Hill. James commended the work of volunteers on the project.

Bill Jobe of Ardmore volunteered his time to oversee the construction of the facility. Jobe said he appreciated the work and dedication of his crew to get the building done.

The facility will allow children's groups to visit the classroom filled with nature-related displays. Exhibits include saltwater and freshwater aquariums, lizards, guineas, and plant life. “We believe this learning center will provide a wealth of educational opportunities,” Brown said.
 


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