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Look for the helpers: T-Rex costume is dino-mite way of bringing joy to Tulsa neighborhood

Look for the helpers: T-Rex costume is dino-mite way of bringing joy to Tulsa neighborhood


There have been dinosaur sightings in a Tulsa neighborhood.

That’s a good thing.

Bethany Martin is the owner of an inflatable T-Rex costume. Bored in this age of social distancing, she put on the costume a few days ago with the intent of bringing joy to others. She stood on the corner of 27th and Yale in her T-Rex suit and waved to people in passing cars.

Neighborhood kids spotted the T-Rex and alerted others to the dinosaur’s presence. Hmmmm.

“I was like, you know what, I should do this every day, go for a 10- or 20-minute walk and just give the kids something to look forward to,” Martin said.

“I’m a kindergarten teacher so I’m obviously not able to work right now, and I miss my students a lot. So it’s like, well, if I can’t be with my students, at least I can make some other students happy.”

Martin said she teaches at Unity Learning Academy. On Thursday, she put on the T-Rex costume and stood outside a neighborhood school, Hoover Elementary, as meals were being distributed to children.

Martin uses a neighborhood Facebook page to let people know when the T-Rex is going to be roaming about. She skipped one day because plumbers were at her home, but otherwise, she has been consistent in making her neighborhood a little bit Jurassic. It’s a safe way to put smiles on faces.

“I’m still keeping a safe distance,” she said. “But (the costume is) pretty airtight, and I don’t have to worry about germs getting into it, so it’s kind of nice.”

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I cover pop culture and work as a feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, I have written books about former OU coach Barry Switzer and former OSU coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389

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