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 clayc@casady.org, 405-520-1325 to arrange volunteering as a group or visit http://www.centraloklahomahabitat.org/index.php/volunteer 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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