Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kids Care Week/Make a Difference Day & October Service Memories

The purpose of Kids Care Week is dedicated to recognizing the power of kids to reach out and help others.  During this week, young people focus their compassion on a specific social issue through a service project. YAC connected to the Kids Care Initiative initiative with YAC's big project, Casady Cans Do-Students Against Hunger Food Drive (October 22-26).

The YAC senior chairs took the leadership of the project. They created teams of YAC members and friends who motivated Cyclones from all divisions through can costumes, stickers, competitions, and posters advocating helping our Regional Food Bank to take a bite out of Oklahoma Hunger. Casady Can Can Hunger was the inspiring slogan that call the UD students to donate cans and money. UD and LD requested monetary donations.  The other divisions concentrated in bringing cans. The Middle Division house competition brought the most cans and the canstruction competition, revived an old Casady tradition at the Upper Division. The final donation from all divisions was 5,779 cans and $1,016.87 with a generous contribution of $500 from the Multicultural Club after Fall Fest. 

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Statistics


A Story of Hope

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day on the third Saturday in October. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. This year Casady had a full week of good deeds to celebrate this national day of service. 
Casady Service-Learning, thanks to the Tompkins family, also had the opportunity to join the volunteers from Buy for Less, OSU nursing school, Westminster Church, and Da Vita Dialysis Centers the morning of October, 27, official National Make a Difference Day.   Volunteers framed a home and did exterior painting of two adjacent homes.

Habitat has volunteer opportunities for students 16 years old or older at these homes.  All houses are located at Habitat's Hope Crossing Addition. Drive on I-235 and exit on Wilshire heading east to Kelley. Turn North on Kelley Ave. then turn west on N.E. 83rd. Make a right N.E. 84th and drive to Lindsay turn back north until house number 8512. The address of the house that was framed on Make a Difference Day is 8512 N.E. Lindsay.  Contact, 405-520-1325 to arrange volunteering as a group or visit to contact the volunteer coordinator for personal opportunities to serve. Wear appropiate clothing and closed-toe shoes.  Bring working gloves and refillable water bottle.  Training on site starts at 8:00 a.m. and the work day goes on until the job assignment for the day is completed or 4:00 p.m. 

On Sunday, afternoon, from 3-5 PM, sophomore Chance B. introduced S.A.D.D. Students Against Destructive Decisions to Casady Cyclones.  Students played some basketball at the old Thunder Training Facility in Edmond before Chance introduced the purpose of the club and call for ideas for next meetings.  Chance's presentation was followed by a pumpkin carving contest: "Carving out destructive decisions."

The Casady S.A.D.D. club was registered at the Make a Difference website as the Casady project for Make a Difference Day.  Chance stated, "I felt there was a need in my community for the SADD chapter, we are all facing tough decisions, that are not always the popular decisions. Although it is not my comfort zone to step out in front, I felt that if I did that my peers may take notice and really listen."

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Canstruction competition

First Place: Seniors

Canstructions were finished by b-block Thursday.  After lunch, judges, who consisted of Mr. Philipson, Mrs. Miano, Dr. Powell, Mrs. Stone, Mrs. Scott, and Coach Bonfiglio followed a judging rubric which provided 4 points as the highest score and 1 as the lowest score:  The criteria was: Most cans donated to build canstruction on Wednesday and Thursday (Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors). Best Meal: Variety of cans used. Creativity in Design. Teamwork:  Numbers of class members who participated in the canstruction (Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors).    Thank you to the team leaders for fighting hunger and feeding hope with your donations, creativity, and care and to Mr. Philipson for donated the competition prize, a pizza lunch for the winning grade.

Second Place: Freshmen
The winners of the canstruction competition were officially announced at Chapel.  Mr. Philipson will announce the date for the winning class pizza lunch.
Third Place: Sophomores

Fourth Place: Juniors
Thank you to everyone who participated in the REVIVAL of an old tradition, "canstruction."  Special thanks to the Judy H., senior YAC chair who spirited the idea, and to all the YAC members and YAC chairs who created the process and implemented the actions that surpassed our donation goals of cans and money to our Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.




Casady Cans Do: Reflection and Results

Primary Division:  Things to have in mind for 2013: Carpool starts at 7:50 AM. We need volunteers with first hour off with permission to use their study hall to help students in the PD Division.  Stickers needed for everyday of the food drive at this division next year.  When high school students are visible role models, donations increase!  The Red Wagons of Hope Walk is on Thursday and students with study hall at the times below are needed to help the children take their donations, weather provided. Due to bad weather, this activity did not take place in 2012, instead of the Red Wagons of Hope march, the children placed their donations in a van that took the cans to the Food Bank truck
*10:15---Pre-k bring cans to Food Bank truck. *2:00--K takes cans to the truck                                                                                                                                                                                    
Monday: 30 cans,
Tuesday: 63 cans,
Wednesday: 69 cans
Thursday: 35 cans

Friday: 21 cans  5 Day Total: 218 cans

Lower Division: All Divisions' Winners:  MONDAY & TUESDAY.  Third place in overall food drive competition.  Tripp the dancing can was a hit! Stickers were a great incentive, but nothing replaces the high school students as motivators and role models of caring and givers of time and enthusiasm.  We hope to have a 4th grade can counting team for next year.
Monday: 116 cans and $50 check = 166
Tuesday: 132 cans and $100 check= 232
Wednesday: 220 cans and $ 3=223
Thursday: 335 cans
Friday: 245 cans   
5 Day Total: 1,048 cans and $153= 1,201 new record to beat in 2012.

Middle Division: Winner of all divisions competitions in number of cans donated, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! Overall winner of the Casady Cans Do, Students Against Hunger Competition.  The dancing MD can motivated others to dance to eliminate hunger and inspire students and parents to give. 

New this year was music with the can dancer which prompted groups of dancing students in front of the MD on Thursday and Friday.  MD is considering making house costumes and creating a hunger fighting songs and dances.  

Monday: 166 cans. Kelly, Martin, Taber and Woolsey
Tuesday: 158 cans. Martin  ber Kelly Woolsey.  Running 2 days total 324

Martin 116 today (215 for three days)
Taber 108 today (195 for 3 days) 
Kelly 70 today (169 for 3 days) 
Woolsey 118 today (157 for 3 days)    Running 3 days total:  736 cans

Woolsey 425 today  (582 for four days)      
Martin 194 today (409 for four days) 
Kelly 181 (350 for four days) 
Taber 77 today (272 for four days)  Running 4 Days total 1613 cans

Martin House 1,050 cans 
Overall winner of the MD competition for an out of uniform!
MD Total for Food Drive 3,473 cans

Upper Division:  YAC chairs provided daily raffles and Judy H. revived the old Casady tradition of Canstruction Competitions.  The donations progressively increased, but we need to consider competitions between sports, clubs, and maybe an empty bowls banquet with silent auction and fashion show next year.  Fall Fest weather did not permit YAC to raise but $55 for the Food Bank.  If we have the drive at the same time as homecoming again, we should consider developing a collaboration with the alumni office and other clubs.  Multicultural Club surprised YAC with a $500 donation for the Food Drive after Fall Fest!

Monday-STUCO's East Coast vs. West Coast Homecoming Dress-up day
58 cans and $30

Katie H. Raffle winner

Tuesday-STUCO's  Ipod shuffle homecoming Dress-Up Day
171 cans and $5
Freshmen, Seniors, Sophomores, Juniors
Hannah P.: Raffle winner

Wednesday-STUCO's CAT astrophe Homecoming Dress-Up Day
103 cans and $43.87
Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Lily H. Raffle winner
Running Three Day Total: 332 cans and $ 78.87.

Thursday- STUCO's Thrift Shop Dress-Up Day
416 cans and $90
Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors

4 Day Running Total: 748 cans and $168.87= 916.87


Friday: STUCO's Olympics Dressed-up Day, Pep Rally & FALL FEST
392 cans and $ 40 
Seniors, freshmen, sophomores, juniors

1,140 cans and $ 208.87  During Fall Fest YAC collected $55.  After Fall Fest, Multicultural Club surpised YAC with a $500 donation. 

Sale of STUCO's Homecoming T-Shirts
Olympic Day

Homecoming Pep Rally

Homecoming/Fall Fest YAC Booth: Multicultural Player for Change.  Proceeds to Food Drive

Blankets for Positive Tomorrows: Fall Fest YAC Booth

SECOND PLACE: UPPER DIVISION : 1040 CANS + $208.87 + $55+ $500+ $100


All Divisions Daily Results

Monday: 370 cans, $80  
Tuesday: 521 cans and $105  
Wednesday: 2,242 cans and $231.87
Thursday:  4,441 cans, $321.87 
Friday: 5,779 cans and $ 361.87


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kid Care Week: Casady Cans Do Canned Food Drive Guidelines


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Primary Division:  Mrs. Sharp, Valentina R: The PD will be collecting cans from Monday to Thursday.  All cans will be counted daily by UD volunteers and kept at the PD building.  At 10:30 and 1:30 on Thursday, students in red wagons will take their donations to the Food Bank truck.  UD volunteers will greet children and inspire them to bring donations. One volunteer should be wearing the can costume. NO STICKER INCENTIVE. On Thursday for the Hope Walk, UD volunteers still needed to wear the can costumes and lead the way to the truck.
Goal: Beat 457 cans
YAC Teens Responsible: Valentina and Abby.  YAC Team
Monday 22:
7:30 a.m. , Nicole N., Ayman P. 8:00 Mrs. Clay
Tuesday 23: 
7:30 a.m. Nina P, Clarissa J. 8:00 Mrs. Clay
Wednesday 24:
7:30 a.m. Weshley T.  8:00 Mrs. Clay
Thursday 25:
7:30 a.mAbby 8:00 Mrs. Clay
10:30: Walk of Hope: Delivery of donations on red wagon , weather provided. Students with off period needed in can costumes.
1:30: Walk of Hope: Delivery of donations on red wagons, weather provided. Students with off period needed in can costumes
Friday: 26:
7:30 a.m Mrs. Clay

Lower Division: Mrs. France, Judy H.  The LD will be collecting cans and money. Donations will be collected by Mr. Fresonke's crew on a daily basis after 8:30 AM. UD volunteers will greet students, help them get off cars, take donations, and provide stickers to donors.  They do not have a class competition, just need stickers and UD volunteers enthusiasm to keep on bringing cans daily. Tripp will be the dancing can!
Goal: Beat: 890 cans
YAC Teen Responsible of LD Drive: Judy & Tripp (the dancing can). YAC Team
Monday 22:
7:30 a.m. Taylor B., Jessica G, Jessica R., Sidney J.
Tuesday 23:
7:30 a.m. Tripp, Mrs. Clay
Wednesday 24:
7:30 a.mMolly V., Sophia S 
Thursday 25:
7:30 a.m   Mrs. Clay, Judy and Tripp
 Friday: 26:
7:30 a.m Mrs. Clay, Judy and Tripp

Middle Division: Mrs. May and Caitlin H.  The MD will be having house competitions with an out of uniform for the winning house. MD will collect CANS ONLY. A MD student will be wearing the can costume.  UD volunteers will count cans until 7:50.  Mrs. Clay will count late arrival cans.  Mrs. May has first hour class.
Goal: Beat 2,566 cans
Senior YAC Chair Responsible of MD Drive: Caitlin, YAC Team
Cans are collected daily by Mr. Fresonke's crew by 8:30 a.m. Cans are placed at a Food Bank Truck.
Monday 22:
7:15 a.m. Mrs. Clay
Tuesday 23:
7:15 a.m. Katherine L, Drew C., Scott F.
Wednesday 24:
7:15 a.m. Katherine L.
Thursday 25:
7:15 a.m. Martin Y, Katherine L.
8:00 a.m. Jessica R., Sidney J.
Friday 26:
7:15 a.m. Katherine L.Steve, Austin, Joey (Can) 

Upper Division: Mrs. Clay and Rebekah D. Cans will be collected at the Student Center from 7:15-7:45 AM, Monday through Friday, October 22-26.  Mr. Fresonke and crew will pick-up cans by 8:30 Monday-Wednesday.  Thursday's cans will be counted and left at the Student Center for the "Canstruction Competition" during B-block/Activities Period.  Donors will enter a daily raffle and the winning class will go first to the salad bar at Calvert. Raffle winners will be announced at lunch time.
Suggested daily donation: 5 cans or $ 5 dollars.
1 Can = 1 Pound of Food
$ 1 = 5 meals or 6.5 Pounds of Food


"Canstruction Competition:" UD project involving grade levels with art and math faculty working together to build hunger awareness and help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Mission:  Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.
Guidelines for Canstruction
1. Due to Homecoming Pep Rally and cookout, this was changed to start Wednesday and end on Thursday at B-block.
2. Judging Criteria: Number of cans, creative design, healthy can choices, and collaborative class effort.  Judges: Mr. Philipson, Mrs. Stone, Dr. Powell, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Miano, and Coach Bonfiglio.
3. Class Teams
Seniors: FA: Mrs. Thompson & Mr. Halpern. SL: Judy H. & John S.  Team Members: TBA, Design: TBA. Sign up at Mr. Halpern's room.
Juniors: FA: Mrs. Seitter & Dr. Lewchuk. SL: Drew C. & Myria D. Team Members: TBA, Design: TBA. Sign up at Dr. Lewchuk's room.
Sophomores: FA: Miss Chaverri & Mrs. Dawkins. SL: Sidney G. & Arjun N. Team Members: TBA, Design: TBA. Sign up at Mrs. Dawkin's room.
Freshmen: FA: Mrs. Huber and Dr. Sain. SL: Anne H., Conner C., Agnish C., & Hannah P. Team Members: TBA, Design: TBA. Sign up at Dr. Sain's room.

Senior Chair Responsible of UD Drive: Rebekah, YAC Team
Monday 22:
7:15 a.m. Anne J., Abby J., Steve, Austin, Joey (Can)
Tuesday 23:
7:15 a.m.Anne J., Steve, Austin, Joey (Can)
Wednesday 24:
7:15 a.m. Anne J, Steve, Austin, Joey(Can)
Thursday 25: :
7:15 a.m.Anne J., Steve, Austin, Joey (Can) 
12:25 Can sculpture competition at Sudent Center
Friday: 26:
7:15 a.m. Anne J

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Letter from YAC Senior Chair to Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff

Dear Casady Family,
Let's start Thanksgiving early!

Hunger can destroy every part of a child's life. The fear of not knowing where your next meal will come from and the physical pain of hunger is something no child, man or woman should ever have to experience. We would greatly appreciate it if you can donate canned food to the Regional Food Bank, which feeds over 90,000 people every week.

Through October 22-26, we will host our Students Against Hunger-Casady Cans Do food drive and collect canned food for hungry men, women, and children throughout Oklahoma.Every can you donate will go to feeding people in need and every dollar you donate will provide five meals or six and a half pounds of food.

The School that collects the most pounds of food per student will receive the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Students Against Hunger Traveling Trophy (and bragging rights for a full year)!

The most needed non-perishable food donations include canned meats, Meat-Based Soups, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Peanut Butter, or Canned Beans.

Help us stop hunger. Thank you all.

Yours Sincerely,
Martin Yoder'13
Casady YAC Senior Chair
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Students Against Hunger Casady Cans Do Food Drive 10/22-10/26

At the Food Bank
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YAC Senior Chairs, Judy H. Caitlin H. Martin J. and Rebekah D. created the process that  inspired all divisions to bring donations of cans and money. The Casady Cans Do Food Drive was the week of Homecoming and Fall Fest, October 22-26. 

1. Process of the Drive: The drive is the week of homecoming, October 22-26.  The drive will be from Monday to Friday.

Each division has a different process and has a faculty sponsor.  YAC teens heading every division are: UD: Rebekah D. MD: Caitlin H. LD: Valentina and Abby, PD: Judy.  Teens heading each division need to be at the division between 7:00- 7:15 a.m.  They should have cell numbers of their volunteers and remind them their responsibility to help the day before.

Senior YAC chairs are writing the letter to parents and making flyers.  YAC members, volunteering at each division were asked to make posters for their division.  Each division will have a YAC member wearing a can costume to motivate students and parents to donate.  Judy is repairing the can costumes.  To make the posters and raise their own awareness of hunger in Oklahoma, YAC members should read before making posters.  They should also visit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma site  We hope YAC members will volunteer at the Food Bank at least once before the drive.  YAC members are encouraged to volunteer at the Food Bank October 27. IT IS MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY

Each division has a different incentive to motivate students. 

GOAL OF THE DRIVE: BEAT LAST YEAR'S:  5,052 cans +$563.07=5,615.07

a. Upper Division: Responsible Faculty:  Mrs. Clay: Process  Letter/pushpage is due  Tuesday morning.  YAC chairs are finishing writing the letter to parents and students.  There will be a  can sculpture competition on Thursday.  We do not know the prize yet.  On a daily basis, there will be a Food-4-Food competition and ruffle.  The competition is between grades and the winning grade will get to the salad bar first. Accuracy counting cans is a must.  Numbers of cans brought must be e-mailed to coach Warden by 8:30 a.m.  Thank you, Mrs. Warden!  YAC members will be soliciting donations for the daily ruffle.  Mrs. Clay will try to get a doughnut donation.  There is a chapel speaker coming from the Food Bank the Friday before the canned food drive.  We requested Coach Jensen to speak about his experience with school pantry at PC West for football players.
Still TBC:  cheerleaders cheering for the canned food drive? The can can of cans as a YAC Tidbit at chapel.  YAC members helping at different divisions are making posters and flyers for each division.

Senior Chair Responsible: Rebekah
5 cans, $ 5 to compete for being first for food at Calvert.  Daily winners!  Cans are collected daily by Mr. Fresonke's crew by 8:30 a.m. Cans are placed at a Food Bank trailer which arrives on Monday and is taken to the Food Bank where UD donations join donations from all other divisions.  There will be no collection of cans on Thursday.  Friday, cans will be collected after B-block because they will be used in a canstruction competition. The prize for the canstruction competition is TBA.

1 can=1 pound of food. $1=5 meals or 6.5 pounds of food
Goal: Beat 1,139 cans and $563.07  $1=5 meals
Monday 22: 7:15 a.m. Anne J, Abby J
Tuesday 23: 7:15 a.m.Anne J, Abby J
Wednesday 24:  7:15 a.m. Anne J, Abby J
Thursday 25: : 7:15 a.m.Anne J, Abby J  Can sculpture competition at 12:25
Friday: 26: 7:15 a.m. Anne J, Abby J      8:00 a.m. Courtlyn & Christina Z.

UD Can Sculpture Competition Rules
a. Due to space consideration, only 4 sculptures are possible, one per class.  There is no limit to the number of people in the canstruction teams.  Team members are responsible for bringing all cans and supplies needed to build the structure.   Designs should be turned in to Mrs. Clay by Wednesday at the end of the day.   Construction begins during B-block on Thursday and ends during B-block on Friday.  Winner will be announced at Friday lunch time.  Judges: Available Art and Math Department faculty, Mr. Philipson and Mrs. Warden.


b. Middle Divsion: Responsible Faculty:  Mrs. May  House Competition with out of uniform for winning house.  Needs helpers  counting cans on a daily basis 7: 15-7:45 first shift, 7:45-8:30 second shift.  No stickers needed for this division.
Senior Chair Responsible: Caitlin
Cans are collected daily by Mr. Fresonke's crew by 8:30 a.m. Cans are placed at a Food Bank trailor which arrives on Monday and is taken to the Food Bank with all our donations Friday morning. 
Goal: Beat 2,566 cans
Monday 22: 7:15 a.m. Molly V, Sophia S, Venus Z
Tuesday 23: 7:15 a.m. Namir Khalia
Wednesday 24: 7:15 a.m.
Thursday 25 : 7:15 a.m.
Friday 26: 7:15 a.m.

c. Lower Division: Responsible Faculty:  Mrs. France  They do not have a competition except they like to announce total number of cans brought daily as an incentive to beat their record for the next day.  Mrs. France has some stickers.  Will like to have stickers daily.  They loved Tripp, the dancing can.  Donations increased after his performances.  Teachers send Food Bank bags with flyer October 17.
YAC Teens Responsible: Judy
Goal: Beat: 890 cans
Monday 22: 7:30 a.m. Taylor B., Jessica R., Jessica G, Sidney J.
Tuesday 23: 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday 24:  7:30 a.m. Jessie R. Emily F.
Thursday 25: 7:30 a.m. Molly V., Sophia S      8:00 Carleigh B.
Friday: 26: 7:30 a.m                                            8:00 Nadia Sriajudding

d. Primary Division:  Responsible Faculty:  Mrs. Sharp:  They love to know the number of cans brought.  We might have a healthy plate poster to teach nutrition and healthy choices.  They love the can costumes.  They also need helpers in can costumes to take their donations in wagons on Thursday at 10:30 and 1:30 weather provided.
YAC Teen Responsible: Valentina and Abby 
Goal: Beat 457 cans
Monday 22: 7:30 a.m.
Tuesday 23: 7:30 a.m. Nina P and Clarissa J.
Wednesday 24: 7:30 a.m.
Thursday 25: 7:30 a.m. Nina P. and Clarissa J.
10:30: Walk of Hope:  Delivery of donations on red wagon , weather provided.  Students with off period needed in can costumes.
1:30: Walk of Hope: Delivery of donations on red wagons, weather provided. Students with off period needed in can costumes
Friday: 26: 7:30 a.m.

A. Morning:  Habitat for Humanity with the Tompkins
B.  1-4: Afternoon at the Food Bank
C. Homecoming Dance

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The Regional Food Bank serves children directly through three programs in its Childhood Hunger Initiative.
Food 4 Kids

Backpack Program

Chronically hungry elementary school ch
Summer Feeding

Summer Feeding

Summer meals for children ages 1-18
ildren receive a backpack with food over weekends and holidays
Kids Cafe

Kids Cafe

An after-school and summer safe haven for at-risk youth

School PantrySchool Pantry

A food pantry inside schools for chronically hungry middle and high school students to get food for after school and weekends.


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