Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MLK DAY 2015: 17,890 meals packed, Footloose Rehearsal


Casady's Community Service-Learning Group of students led the volunteer efforts at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers included 67 teens throughout the day. They packed 21,468 pounds of food, which included 82 cases of crackers, 46 cases of cereal, 86 cases of snacks, 46 cases of cookies, and 199 packaged meals for the Food-4-Kids Backpack Program. This equaled a grand total of 17,890 equivalent meals. 

Casady's Youth Acting in the Community (YAC Service Learning Group) and Youth LEADOKCasady (Leaders Engaging Across Differences) welcomed teens from Casady Upper, Middle and Lower Division, Mercy School Institute, Heritage Hall High School, US Grant High School, Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, and Oklahoma School of Science and Math to help in the effort.  Casady YAC/Youth LEADOKCasady hosts were teens, Johnny Lee'17 and Sidney Jones'15.  Kat Reynolds'18 facilitated the pizza lunch- a generous donation from UD Principal, Dr. Jon Powell- and the delivery of the prizes for the "Disney Contest."  Kat also developed a playlist of songs which were played during working shifts, at breaks and lunch. 

 The prizes of the Disney Contest were $15 gift Sonic cards.  

The judge of the contest was the Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator, Mr. Tyler Griffin. The funding for the cards came from Casady YAC monies raised during Fall Fest provided by YAC Treasurer, Taylor Burrow'15

 Other small groups @ the Food Bank on the MLK Day of Service who served with the Cyclone teams were: an OU fraternity, an African American Sorority, a group of volunteers from UCO, a group of home school children and a group of Americorps.  Special thanks to Coach Jim Bonfiglio and Mrs. Carmen Clay for bringing friends and family to volunteer on MLK Day 2015 @ the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

 Natalie Hugos'18 and Tara Ramakrishnan'18 facilitated the reflective component of the day. Pictures of the day taken by YAC Junior Chair and STUCO Rep, Dylan Dobson'16, Carmen Clay'74, and Shannon Presti, YLOKC CEO.

Afternoon Shift at the Food Bank on MLK Day National Day of Service 9/19/2015
Casady YAC, Youth LEADOKCasady, Mercy School Institute, YLOKCMercy, Heritag Hall High School
Americorps, not in the picture HOME SCHOOL OKC - Taking tour of Food Bank.

Photos by Shannon Presti, YLOKC CEO and Director of Teen Initiatives of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Footloose Rehearsals on MLK Day 2015 @ Casady Schoool:  Jessica Greene'15, YAC Co-President and member of the Footloose Cast reported that for  8 hours a group of 20 Cyclones rehearsed songs and dances for the upcoming performance of Footloose.  The YAC Footloose Cyclones' goal is to advocate for the arts in OKC schools.  Performers will invite viewers of all ages to the performances.  There will be a special performance for the Special Care children.  Elderly residents of nearby Independent Living facilities are also going to be invited and hosted by Casady YAC members.  Date and time TBA