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Former MS Head Honored by Goddard Youth Camp

Heritage Hall Middle School faculty and staff have collaborated with Goddard Youth Camp in 
Sulphur, OK to honor former Middle School Head Ron Allie through the dedication of the 
Ron Allie Activity Center on the camp’s grounds.

Allie served as Heritage Hall’s Middle School Head from 1978 to 2021. During his tenure as a 
beloved administrator, Allie accompanied hundreds of Heritage Hall fifth graders to Goddard 
Youth Camp. 

Since 1976, the annual visit to Goddard has been a highlight of the fifth grade experience, and
for Allie, going to camp ranked high among his favorite activities with students. In honor of 
Allie’s retirement in 2021, Middle School faculty and staff aimed to recognize Allie’s decades-
long commitment to providing students the enriching experience of hands-on learning in one
of nature’s most inviting classrooms.

“Dedicated May 9, 2023, the Ron Allie Activity Center proudly bears the name of a venerable
educator and one of Goddard Youth Camp’s most ardent supporters,” stated the camp’s
director, Clayton Edgar, who presented Allie with a proclamation of the building’s naming.

Attending the presentation were Allie’s wife, Betsy, and long-time fifth grade teachers and faculty
campers, Holly Carlin ’89 and Connie Martin.

About Goddard Youth Camp:

Goddard Youth Camp was established in 1967 with funding from the Charles B. Goddard Foundation of Ardmore and congressional approval for the special use of national park land. The 44-building camp includes residential cabins, teaching and meeting spaces, and a large dining hall. In 1969, at the urging of the federal government, Goddard Youth Camp became one of 18 programs located within a national park to offer hands-on environmental education.

Of the original 18 programs established in 1969, the Goddard Youth Camp is the only one still in existence today, serving as a national model for using nature’s classrooms to teach students about the environment. In recognition of its success in this endeavor, Goddard Youth Camp was named by the U.S. Congress as a National Environmental Education Landmark.
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