Sunday, June 30, 2013

From the Desk of Mrs. Clay: Freshman hosts Kent School Teens Tornado Relief Group

July 21- July 27 Tornado Relief Teen Team (Casady School, Youth LEAD OKC, Kent School in Connecticut, and New York Teens from YMCA):  Megan Tepper-Rasmussen Sokolnicki'95, 
Director of Community Service at Kent School in CT, a co-ed boarding high school in Connecticut was in OKC July 21-28, 2013 with 6 teens volunteering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Habitat for Humanity tornado relief Moore.

Alex W'17 spent Sunday, July 21st. as the Casady host for the Kent School Group at the monthly Youth LEAD OKC Meeting at the Casady Wing. 

Youth Lead OKC teens started the meeting helping make pinwheels for peace for the OCU International Day of Peace 9/21.  The goal is to make at least 1,000 pinwheels in collaboration with all divisions at Casady, Mercy School, Youth LEAD OKC, Boys and Girls Club, Independent and Assisted Living Facilities and other partner interested organizations.

Other Youth LEAD OKC July meeting guests included YGlobal Teens from New York City and Mrs. Marolyn Stout from the Statesman Club who spoke about Oklahoma, the musical and the bandanas in the musical.  

The stories part of the July Youth LEAD OKC meeting ended with a presentation from A.R. and a Mercy School Institute family Q/A on Ramadan followed by a first person survivor of Moore Tornado account from Casady Spanish teacher, Miss Demaris Castro and her family. 

After the stories, adult Youth Lead OKC mentors facilitated YL activities and connections to service-learning to share principles and guidelines of YLOKC.

The grand finale of the Youth LEAD OKC July meeting was a send off song facilitated by YGlobal Teens Oklahoma.  Alex and the Kent School group joined a Youth LEAD OKC dinner at Grand House hosted by YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City.

 Monday, July 22 was an action day with YLOKC-Y Global Teens volunteering to build a pumpkin patch for a Moore Elementary School.  Kent School and Alex volunteered at the Moore Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distribution center.

 Alex, Jack T. and Sophie T. joined the Y and Kent teens on a visit to the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum on Tuesday, July 23.


Kent School Rebuilding Oklahoma Team volunteered with Habitat from July 24-27.  Alex was unable to join them because of the 16+ year old age requirement from Habitat


July 21- July 27 Tornado Relief Teen Team (Casady School, Youth LEAD OKC, Kent School in Connecticut, and New York Teens from YMCA):  Megan Tepper-Rasmussen Sokolnicki'95, 
Director of Community Service at Kent School in CT, a co-ed boarding high school in Connecticut will be in OKC July 21-28, 2013 with 6 teens to volunteer through Habitat helping the tornado relief effort in Moore.

Sidney J.'14 Casady YAC Junior Chair & Youth LEADER,  Mrs. Carmen Clay, Director of Service Leaning and Mrs. Shannon Presti, Youth LEAD OKC CEO and Director of YMCA Teen initiatives are helping recruit Casady, Youth LEAD OKC, and NY City YMCA Teens to volunteer with the Kent Teens.   If interested contact: Mrs. Carmen Clay at
, 405-520-1325.  Must be 16 years old to serve onsite with Habitat.  Cyclones supervisor needed July 25-27!

Tentative Schedule

Sunday July 21: Youth LEAD OKC Meeting at the Casady Wing, 1-6 PM, Welcome .  Mrs. Carmen Clay, Cyclones supervisor, Casady teen host, Alex'16

Monday July 22: Service Project with New York and Connecticut teens.  Place TBA.  Mrs. Carmen Clay, Cyclones supervisor, Casady teen Host: Alex'16.

Tuesday July 23: Day at the Oklahoma Memorial Museum.  10 AM-5:00 PM.  Mrs. Carmen Clay, Cyclones supervisor. Casady teen Host: Alex'16.

Wednesday July 24: Habitat Tornado Relief and Reconstruction Mrs. Carmen Clay, Cyclones supervisor, morning only!

Thursday July 25: Habitat Tornado Relief and Reconstruction. Cyclones supervisor needed.  Possibility: Mr. Brad Philipson.  Casady teen host: Sidney'15

Friday July 26: Habitat Tornado Relief and Reconstruction. Cyclones supervisor needed.  Possibility: Mrs. Shirley Small. Casady teen host: Sidney'15

Saturday July 27: Habitat Tornado Relief and Reconstruction. Cyclones supervisor and Casady teen host needed.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Service Songs & Service Quotes

Selections From: National Service Briefing
June 27, 2013
Volume 20, No. 26
Circulation: 42,000
Looking for a little inspiration to get you to the weekend?

 You can always listen to songs featured in National Service Briefing at:  We've also published a list of all the songs and artists at
YSA Service Quote of the Week in each National Service Briefing.are compiled in one place:

Big Thoughts From YSA

YSA & IBM: The Power of Partnership

"When it comes to service, if you don't have a youth strategy, you don't have a strategy at all. For 27 years, Youth Service America (YSA) has tapped into the passion, creativity and ingenuity of young people, and provided them with the opportunities and tools to improve their communities through service to others. YSA calls upon children and youth to find their voice, take action, and create real change. As YSA continues its commitment to support the power of youth, we know we cannot do it without the power of partnerships, such as that forged with IBM." Read more about how YSA and IBM have worked together with shared vision and values, to multiply our efforts, create new networks, and help youth change the world.

Common Core and the Common Good

"So how does one teach a young person to think critically, to solve a real problem, to create, and to innovate? After centuries of a culture, and an academic model, that encouraged rugged individualism, how does one teach students to communicate and collaborate as part of an effective team? ... Faced with this challenge, Common Core embraces the real world. Knowledge, in and of itself, is only a piece of a good education. Common Core focuses also on how knowledge can be best applied - to envision, prepare for, and build for the future." Read more of YSA's Vice President of Education, Susan Abravanel's blog about the connection between Common Core and service-learning at:  

Service Calendars

Conferences & Events

November 1-3, 2013 - Washington, DC
People to People International's Global Youth Forum
November 6-10, 2013 - Washington, DC 
November 11-13, 2013 - Baltimore, MD 
April 9-12, 2014 - Washington, DC  

Seasons of Service


Song of the Week

Wailin' Jennys - "One Voice"
  "This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
 Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us..." 

A Message from the First Lady

"I want young people here in the U.S. to join me on this journey so that you can engage with - and learn from - the African students I meet and experience the rich culture and history of each of these countries right alongside me. All you have to do is get online:

For updates from the road, follow my new Instagram account @MichelleObama and check out @FLOTUS on Twitter.

Every day on the White House blog, you can check out my travel journal - which will include photos and videos - to learn more about the places I visit and the people I meet.

Use the hashtag #FLOTUSinAfrica to discuss the trip and ask your questions - I'll be answering some of these questions throughout the trip."  

News From The Field


Updates from the 2013 Conference on Volunteering & Service

Last week, the 2013 Conference on Volunteering & Service convened in Washington, DC. The conference theme was "Service Unites."  
Check out this conference wrap-up for highlights, stories, and photos: 
During the Conference, Points of Light and Chase launched the new One America campaign. 

Updates from the 21st Century National Service Summit

Earlier this week, the Aspen Institute convened the 21st Century National Service Summit in Colorado.
The Summit brought together leaders from diverse backgrounds to develop innovative policy and to build momentum around advancing national service.   
As one of the co-conveners of the Summit, TIME Magazine featured service on its cover for the 5th time since 2007. 

Introducing One America
Introducing One America

One America is a nationwide, yearlong campaign Points of Light is leading, with founding support from Chase, to bring together rivals in politics, entertainment and sports with the goal of inspiring millions to unite in service to their communities. Visit the One America site and tell them who you'd like to see unite in service. Rival college basketball teams? Competing news anchors? Superheroes and villians? They'll collect the best pairings and let you vote on which ones will be asked to come together to serve. Also, stay tuned for details on a multi-city One America tour kicking off in July and tools for organizing One America events in your town.   
Several other announcements were made in conjunction with the Conference, including:
Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment  
The Corporation for National & Community Service released a new study, "Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment," which found that those who were out of work and got involved with volunteering opportunities increased their likelihood of finding employment by 27 percent. 
AmeriCorps Grants Announced 
CNCS also announced $200 million in AmeriCorps grants for the year. This includes 267 grants to national and local nonprofits to engage more than 45,000 AmeriCorps members. The full grantee list can be found at     
Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study
A new study released by UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute finds that volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health.   

In the July 1 issue of TIME Magazine, Rick Stengel (TIME's Editor) declared, "Service is a Silver Bullet" and columnist Joe Klein wrote the feature story "Can Service Save Us?". Read it:   
Download "A 21st Century National Service System: Plan of Action" discussed at the Summit that proposes the infrastructure to engage one million young Americans in service to their country through national service.    
Also featured in TIME and at the Summit were the results of a nationally survey of American voters to gather their perspectives about national service. This survey of more than 1,000 Americans found broad support for the idea, potential, and impact of national service. See more at:   
The combination of the Summit and the TIME cover story led to several other high-profile media stories about the importance of national service, including:
Politico opinion piece explores how "National service is key to national strength":   

Arianna Huffington calls national service "The Ultimate Shovel-Ready Infrastructure Project":   

Michael Gerson writes in The Washington Post about the value of national service to heal our country:   
MSNBC's Morning Joe discusses how service work benefits recent war veterans:   

Forbes explores investing in service opportunities for veterans increase our ROI: 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

90,000 pupils pen poems to bring Peace One Day

MORE THAN 90,000 schoolchildren are to take part in a nationwide poetry challenge to promote world peace.

Pupils-are-being-asked-to-explore-the-theme-of-world-peace-Picture-modelled- Pupils are being asked to explore the theme of world peace (Picture modelled)
Pupils are being asked to explore the theme and what it means to them as part of Peace One Day on September 21. The event is called Poems For Peace.
Children’s author Francesca Simon, who wrote the Horrid Henry series and won the 2008 Children’s Book of the Year prize, is to judge the national contest.
She said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in this worthy cause which engages not only the children but their families, asking them to use their creativity and ­imagination to write about peace.”
The Missouri-born writer, now living in London with her husband and son, has sold over 15 million copies of her books in 24 countries.
The winner will go on a trip to The Hague for this year’s Peace One Day concert, headlined by Carlinhos Brown, Miguel Bosé and The Feeling.
They will also have their poem printed on a tea towel, which will be sold through organisers Ocado, the online supermarket.
Jason Gissing, Ocado co-founder and Peace One Day ambassador, said: “As a father I want my children to grow up in a world where peace is a reality for all, not just a dream.
pupils, students, 90,000, write, poems, peace one day, poems for peace, ocado, theme, explorePeace One Day founder and film maker Jeremy Gilley
As a father I want my children to grow up in a world where peace is a reality for all, not just a dream
Jason Gissing, Ocado co-founder and Peace One Day ambassador
“Engaging school children is vital in this process as they are the next generation of peace makers.”
Non-profit organisation Peace One Day was set up in 1999 and the event was later adopted by the United Nations as an annual time of global ceasefire and non-violence.
Founder and film ­maker Jeremy ­Gilley said: “We’re ­delighted to be working with Ocado on this project. Young people have always been at the heart of our work and this competition is a great way to engage them.”
The global event has proved to be a catalyst for broad-ranging action by both individuals and groups.
In 2007 Mr Gilley and actor Jude Law travelled to Afghanistan to mark the event.
A Poems for Peace lesson plan is available online at

Friday, June 21, 2013

From the Desk of Mrs. Clay: Count Down to IDP: Youth leaders needed!

June 13, 2013 began the 100 days count down to the International Day of Peace (IDP), observed annually on 21 September.   IDP is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

In 1981, The United Nations General Assembly declared, in a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and Costa Rica,[2] the International Day of Peace, to be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.[3] The date initially chosen was the regular opening day of the annual sessions of the General Assembly, the third Tuesday of September. This was changed in 2001 to the current annual celebration on 21 September each year. The day was first celebrated in 1982.

To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as "a reminder of the human cost of war"; the inscription on its side reads, "Long live absolute world peace".[1]
Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit organization in Canada

In 2001 the opening day of the General Assembly was scheduled for 11 September, and Secretary General Kofi Annan drafted a message recognizing the observance of International Peace Day on 11 September.[5] That year the day was changed from the third Tuesday to specifically the twenty-first day of September, to take effect in 2002. A new resolution was passed by the General Assembly,[2] sponsored by the United Kingdom (giving credit to Peace One Day) and Costa Rica (the original sponsors of the day), to give the International Day of Peace a fixed calendar date, 21 September, and declare it also as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence


Casady Middle Division, Peace Day 2011
In 2011, Peace One Day announced at their O2 Arena concert, a new international campaign called Global Truce 2012, a grassroots initiative and international coalition with non-governmental organizations and student unions in every continent, which increased participation and action on Peace Day 2012, the day of Global Truce. Particular focus in this campaign including a cessation of hostilities on the day, is the reduction of domestic violence and bullying in society. The Peace One Day Celebration concert on Peace Day in 2012 was held at Wembley Arena to celebrate Global Truce 2012.[15] The Global Truce campaign continues aiming to involve more partners and coalitions for mass participation and life-saving practical action on Peace Day. 
Excerpts from:


Casady Lower Division 2012
Peace One Day Global Truce Campaign called for a reduction of domestic violence.
Through detailed analysis conducted with the support of McKinsey & Company, the Peace One Day 2012 report found that, across the world, 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 2012 – 4% of the world’s population. The report further estimates that approximately 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. Peace One Day expects to double those figures for 2013, creating a solid foundation for informing 3 billion people about Peace Day by 2016.

The achievements of Peace One Day’s work in 2012 have not only set an important marker for Peace Day 2013 and future Peace Days, but have also reinforced the value of this unique annual day as a foundation for long-term sustainable peace.
Peace Day 2012 Summary Report
Peace Day 2012 @ Oklahoma City
Contributed by Joan Korenblit, Respect Diversity Foundation and Carmen Clay, Casady School
On September 21, 2012, International Day of Peace, students throughout Oklahoma City participated in a variety of activities that culminated at the annual Oklahoma City University Multicultural Festival and a1,000 Pinwheels for Peace Garden sponsored by a diverse group of Oklahoma artists, educators, the Respect Diversity Foundation, and the Friends of the United Nations of Greater Oklahoma.
Students from Dove Academy at Oklahoma City University learned from activities facilitated by festival chairs, Mikel Ibarra, Joan Korenblit, and Japan America Society education coordinator Dr. Gigi Hu. After viewing and reflecting a short trailer on “Peace One Day” and “On a Paper Crane, Tomoko’s Adventure,” students made origami cranes for peace and wrote Haiku poetry. Before planting pinwheels made at their school, they walked through a peace labyrinth, learning about the importance of quiet meditation from Labyrinths in Oklahoma writer Gail Peck.
5pm on 9/21/2012, a dozen co-sponsoring organizations and a large drumming circle welcomed hundreds of participants to the Multicultural Festival. Participants in Shinnyo-en Foundation’s Six Billion Paths to Peace T-shirts enjoyed artists from a variety of ethnic traditions.

The grand finale was a dance of peace with audience participation. Said author Michael Allen, “This festival and the many activities during the eleven days of unity, 9/11-9/21, happened because people of diverse cultures worked together and decided that we CAN make this a more peaceful world.”
From creating pinwheels for peace encouraging a global truce on violence, to participating in service-learning projects, thousands of Oklahoma students were immersed in dialog and action of a shared sustainable culture of peace, economic justice, and environmental stewardship from 9/11-9/21!
Oklahoma Centennial High School observed the shift from “I” to “WE” with curricular connections. “It was challenging and rewarding to collaborate with core teachers and administrators. My students created peace key chains, because they are the key to change, a “new green” cleaning product, and are currently finalizing their service-learning project reflection on how to make a real difference and impact the world in which they live” said Career and Technology instructor, Carrie Renfro.
Kindergarteners at Mercy School enjoyed a diversity story-teller and discussed what they learned. “We’re all different, just like the crayons in the story, and we’re all important!” exclaimed five year old Mohamed.
At Piedmont Middle School and Western Oaks Elementary School, students learned about the impact of choosing a path of kindness over bullying. Piedmont Art teacher Frances Williams explained, “From their discussion, it was obvious that this unit had a great impact on our students!” “This conversation is making an important difference; it will continue,” stated Western Oaks art teacher Staci Craven.
Click here to see the slide show of Oklahoma’s peace activities.
From K-12th grade, Casady students pledged their commitment to SEE PEACE in acts of kindness, service, and non-violence.Older students also viewed the video by Jeremy Gilley, PEACE ONE DAY before pinwheel making. Carmen Clay, Service-Learning Director, stated, “Students realized that this day is working because it is saving lives and creating a desire for intentionally kinder communities and a self-patrolling non-violent way of life.” Anne Josette Hill, Casady freshman, commented, “I personally befriended a former rival over a pile of half finished pinwheels.”  Primary Division Director, Mrs. Jane Sharp stated, “Dr. Montessori said, ” “Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education.” ” Every day our teachers are involved with this important work of peace by showing grace and courtesy to each other and to the children so that they may then show peace to others. We will be celebrating this important date every year with our youngest students here at Casady.” 


Who Will You Make Peace With?

Peace Day 21 September 2013
Following the incredible success of the Global Truce 2012 campaign, Peace One Day has launched a new theme for 2013: Who Will You Make Peace With?

Peace starts with individual action, and your actions inspire others to do the same. Peace Day 21 September 2013 is a Saturday; it really is an opportunity for all of us to become engaged in the peace process with our families, friends and communities.

By working together and making peace with each other we can improve the quality of our lives. Peace Day is not just about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it's also about reducing violence in our homes, communities and schools.

So who will you make peace with? Who will you bring together on Peace Day 21st of September 2013?

Here's what you can do:
1. Raise awareness of Peace Day
2. Take action on Saturday, 21 September 2013
For ideas and resources to help raise awareness of Peace Day and getting involved in the campaign visit the Take Action page.

Casady Lower Division, Peace Day 2009
Casady Service-Learning and interested YAC and Casady OKC Youth LEADERS share a common goal stated by the Casady Primary Division in 2013: Global Peace Begins in the classroom.  

The Casady Service-Learning Program will promote screenings of the Peace One Day film.  Provide resources for pinwheels for peace to be planted around campus and at OCU's Giant Peace One Day Labyrinth on 9/20,  (Goal for Casady Service-Learning and partner organizations: 1,000 reflective pinwheels: Inner and Global Peace).

Casady Lower Division Peace Day 2011

Casady Service-Learning Program started to make pinwheels at Boys and Girls Club, elderly facilities and the Summer by the Lake camp during the summer months. 

Casady Service-Learning also started brainstorming observation of We the World, 11 Days of Unity in foreign language classrooms as part of it Peace Stone Soup Project.  In the month of August, Casady YAC will organize a service day for Casady and OKC on Saturday 9/21/2013.

Adults and youth IDP organizers needed.  Contact Carmen Clay at; 405-520-1325.  Organizing meetings will start in August at the new Service-Learning Office, Casady Wing at a time TBA by Casady Teen co-chairs heading the Peace One Day Project.