Monday, October 31, 2016

YAC Meeting: November 7th, 7:30 am, Harper


* Food Drive Final Results Update:  AMAZING YEAR!  $3,000.77 in cash and checks.  Cans and boxes of food weighted. Pounds are divided by a number to give the total number of meals.  The first official report from the Food Bank was "The total number of pounds collected was 5,141. Casady’s total number of meals for 2016 is 19,232.85"

On Thursday, we provided Miss Price 50+ more cans from the Juniors. Friday, Mrs Small took the last PD cans when she and Mrs. Jenkins volunteered. The final meals results will not be ready until Tuesday.

Ellie will create a letter for any YAC member who desires to send it to businesses requesting matching our donations of funding.  Ellie will be guided   by  The Food Bank has requested to provide a list of any targeted business.


* LUNCH with Mr. Rainbolt:  Mr Rainbolt, our main benefactor, is able to come to Casady to hear about Service-Learning, YAC, and Youth LEAD OKC on Tuesday, December 13 or Wednesday, December 14, What is a better day for the YAC Planning Team and any interested YAC member?  We will have lunch served at the MD Community Room and continue our meeting during the Activities Period.  We decided on Tuesday, December 13th because the freshmen do not have many out of lunches.  Mrs. Clay asked YAC Planning team to prioritize meeting Mr. Rainbolt.  She gave a little background of what Mr. Rainbolt means for Service-Learning/YAC and the Oklahoma City community

*SERVING together in the OKC community (Sahanya) 
Boys and Girls Club
- Friday, November 11th 3:30-6:30
- There will be a Van for 8 volunteers leaving Casady at 4:00 pm.  Volunteers need to be picked up at Boys and Girls Club.  Mrs. Clay will be involved with Youth LEAD OKC Retreat.  Also a reminder that The Crucible is at 7:00 pm that evening and the weekend.  2-4 ushers needed for The Crucible  Mrs Clay will attend the Crucible on Thursday, November 10th.  Miranda created a sign-up sheet.  She will volunteer at 5:00 pm.  Mrs. Clay will leave Casady at 4:00 and will volunteer until 6:00 pm.  Cyclones can stay until 6:30.  Do not forget to  attend The Crucible.

* ICS Hope for the Holidays (Katherine)  Planning begins
Katherine will meet with interested helpers this coming Thursday, 11/10/2016 at Activities.  Miranda will text and Mrs. Clay will e-mail.  Below are the dates and documents Katherine has ready for the drive

December 2: Chapel Presentation (Powerpoint included below)

December 5-9: Donation drive takes place

December 9: Infant Crisis Services picks up donations at the student center (I will talk with Courtney Thomas at ICS about this, but would 3rd period be a good time to pick up the donations?)
This is the flyer I made
This is the flyer that will be on the TV screens in the Upper Division
This is the Powerpoint presentation for Upper Division chapel. I am still trying to decide which video to use for the presentation.

I need to communicate more closely with the Lower and Primary Divisions, but I have emailed them each month from August and gotten no reply. I also need to make the donation boxes, secure transportation, make posters, and get the ornaments (Lower Division only).

This is the work I have done thus far, and I hope I am on schedule, but please contact me if you have any suggestions or further questions. Thank you so much for your time!

* Track for Johnson Elementary (Aaron)
Aaron is working on getting estimates of cost.  He will need manual labor.  Mirand stated t YAC members B-days ( Hospitality Managers)

*Strategic Planning for 2016  (Mariam and Safra)

*Youth LEAD OKC Retreat, November 12-13th (Mrs. Clay)
Cyclones Attending the YLOKC Retreat as of 11/1/2016
Johnny L, Jack R, Angela J, Natalie H, Mrs. Carmen Clay, Cooper Lindstrom, John Kelly. 

Transportation to Davis, Oklahoma provided by Mercy School.  We will board bus at Mercy School Institute 14001 N Harvey Ave, Edmond, OK 73013.  Time: 8:00 am .  Mrs. Clay sent an e-mail Friday as the last day to register to be able to get a t-shirt.  Monday, November 7th is the last day to register, but will not get a t-shirt.  Registration will close after Monday.  The facilitator of the retreat will be on campus Friday evening and will stay at the Casady apartment in the Wing.  Registration, permissions and releases at

-Other  December Projects: Blood Drive , Giving Games
*Blood Drive: We need a date from Coach T. (Miranda and Isaiah)
* The Giving Games:  Possible Leaders Mrs. Clay and Nicole J.

The 7th Generation of Young People are Rising!
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Dear Agents of Compassion,

The Compassion Games “Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play it Forward” is four weeks away from today!

What are the Giving Games? This year, the Giving Games are being played globally between youth, educators, and intergenerational allies to foster safe and fulfilling places of learning, supporting the next generation develop into happy, compassionate, creative, and resilient members of our world.
Let's bring together our youth and Indigenous leadership during this momentous time to protect and restore Mother Earth!

In partnership with #GivingTuesday, the Giving Games begin on November 29th, and ends 12 days later with a global online "Wopila", a Lakota Thanksgiving Ceremony taking place on Human Rights Day, December 10th. The Wopila will be co-hosted with Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.

Indigenous Peoples and the Giving Games

This year's Giving Games connect three overlapping social movements:

1. Youth Climate Movement
2. Indigenous Environmental Movement
3. “Prosocial” Movement (peace, love, compassion, kindness)
It may very well be the most extraordinary Compassion Games yet!

A Global Compassion Relay!

To build awareness and momentum for the Games we are organizing a Giving Games Compassion Relay that will feature a “Dream Team” of “Champions of Compassion”.

The “Compassion Torch” will be lit in Morocco at the UN COP22 Climate Convention by Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., Chairperson of the Compassion Games International, and the “Green Sheik” (Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al Nuaimi) founder of the Global BlueYouth initiative that has engaged over 25,000 youth, from every continent on earth, in the world’s largest consultation of youth around water and climate change action.

The “Relay Route” will go from Morocco to Panama for the closing ceremonies of the Peace and Dignity Runs on November 14 - 17, and then to Standing Rock North Dakota in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Compassion Torch will continue being passed until the final day of the Games on December 10th. To learn about the other Dream Team Champions of Compassion and the Relay Route check out the Compassion Relay FAQ here.

Live Call for Overview and Questions

 Join us for the second 2016 Giving Games
LIVE call for Team Organizers!

If you are new to the Compassion Games and want to learn more... this call is for you! Already organizing a team? This call is for you, too!

RSVP and find the call-in information here.

If you have any quesitons, email

Global Unity Games Results!

If you've wondered about the impact the September 11th - 21st Global Unity Games results, take a look at the results from the 2016 Global Unity Games.  There were 452 reports posted to the Compassion Report Map.

Over 256 teams and more than 30,000 volunteers directly served nearly 3,000,000 people in 40 countries. This story includes videos summarizing the outcomes and highlights of the recent Games, which can be viewed here.

The world is calling for a compassionate response to the challenges we face. You make a difference. We invite you to play!

Game on!

- January Projects: MLK Day:  
*MLK Day : What project(s) will YAC facilitate?  Organizations need to be contacted now. (Isaiah)

From Mrs. Clay's Desk: Strategic Planning
Planning Team Officers who have not provided the description of responsibilities from their perspective, please send them Mrs. Clay.  Thank you.

YAC Planning team
Co-Presidents:  Miranda & Isaiah
Vice-Presidents: Safra and Mariam 
Calendar/Scheduling Manager: Ellie G                         
Secretary:    Katherine S.
Treasurer:  Johnnie L 
Social Media: Grace P. 
Social/Hospitality Managers: Hannah H. Sahanya B. Anna B.

Grade Chairs: Project Chairs/Project Facilitators
Seniors:  Cathy Zesiger?  Erik R.(School mentors), Miranda (Humane Society?), Isaiah (MLK Day ?), Nicole J. (Kindness Week ?)
Juniors:  Mallory (?), Gabrielle (Food Drive 2016), Luke A. (Voters Registration, Elections 2016), Zac Conner (Best Buddies), Safra and Mariam (Food Drive 2016)
Sophomores:  Sahanya (Children's Hospital), Mason (Peace Week: Peace Silhouettes), Ellie (Food Drive 2016, Perfect Pair Drive for Homeless Alliance), Katherine S. (ICS Hope for the Holidays Drive)
Freshmen:  Ahmed H., Saadia N (Food Drive 2016)

Faculty: Peace Week, Food Drive
Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Bek-gran, Father Blizzard, Father Youmans, Mrs. Seitter, Mrs. Pardue, Dr. Torres, Mrs. France, Mrs. Sharp, Mrs.  Robertson, Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Lopez (Peace Week), Mrs. Price (Food Drive)

Co-Presidents: (Miranda T. Isaiah L.)

1. Inspire and motivate Cyclones to belong to the club

2. Responsible for accountability. we have made sure to keep our numbers high for attendance of meetings. We have had record breaking numbers sign up for YAC this year and we are trying to keep them, but not trying to overwhelm them with meeting after meeting and project after project. 

3.. Assign those to plan projects, only who would like to volunteer.

4. Have a good time.

5. Set agendas for meetings

6. Plan YAC's year in collaboration with planning team

7. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

8. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel

Co Vice-Presidents (Safra and Mariam S)

1. To assist and fill in for the co-presidents. 

2. The v.p.s can call meetings and lead projects, and are the authoritative figures when the presidents are unavailable

3. Facilitate agendas in absence of co-presidents

4. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

5. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel

Secretary: (Katherine S)

1. Attend any meetings possible and to work closely with Mrs. Clay and the co-presidents to ensure the agendas for each meeting are clearly expressed and as efficient as possible. 

2. Record the minutes of each meeting. When unable to be present, sponsor will appoint a YAC member to keep minutes.  Mrs. Clay will place minutes in the blog.  Secretary will text minutes to members

3. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

4. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel

Treasurer: (Johnnie L.)

1. Make sure our funds are stored in Casady's finance office 
2 Allocate YAC funding to the right people or organizations in a timely manner.
3 Youth Decision maker in allocation of $100 funding for monthly projects from service-learning budget.  The decisions are made in collaboration with Mrs. Clay, YAC sponsor and Rainbolt Family Service-Learning Chair.
4. Oversee the counts for drives and report final results in collaboration with division heads and finance office
5.. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

6. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel

Grade / Project Chairs:  Freshmen (Saadia N)
1. Should be involved with some of the board decisions (which I am). 

2. Be able to have a positive input and impact on YAC which includes perhaps introducing new organizations to the group as well as new ideas/drives. 

3. Currently, help mobilize the Food Drive activities which help freshman realize that they have decision making while helping out. 

4  Goal as a freshman chair in YAC is to help organize our group into a team that works together for the benefit of our community

5. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 

6. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel

Sponsor:  Mrs. Clay   (Father Blizzard when Mrs. Clay is not present)

1. Be at meetings for liability issues requirement.  Provide ONLY suggestions for agenda items.  
2 Bring community organization volunteer opportunities and service learning experiences to the attention of the officers.
3. Empower planning team decision making.  
4. Provide resources and connections to planning team decision making 
5. Support and celebrate YAC involvement in the community.
6. Provide weekend opportunities and transportation to empower the mission of "Participating in the community to improve lives" 
7. Request feedback from planning team to be what the club needs demand.
8. Promote a yearly strategic planning-reflective time.
9. Be an active participant of the various drives, and when necessary, work with the administration office to establish the connections for the various drives. 
10. Introduce some of the speakers in chapel


Family Volunteer Day, Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation

November 19, 2016 is Family Volunteer Day
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Volunteering is a great way for kids and adults to make new friends, develop compassion for their neighbors, and even pick up a new skill or two! It’s an amazing day – don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!
Care Bags for our OKC Homeless. A Casady sophomore filled backpacks with water bottles, socks, Bibles, tissue, rain ponchos, gum, hand sanitizer and a few other things.  She and her family handed the care bags to homeless people in the downtown area. 

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma needs
Families Volunteering Together
November and December
Due to an increase in production needs, the Food Bank has opened additional volunteer shifts and added space to many of their existing shifts for November and December.  They need to produce 108,000 Food for Kids backpack kits in the month of November, and they can’t do it without YOUR/OUR help!

Click here to view our extended November schedule or our extended December schedule and sign up for a shift.  If you’d like to bring a group, please complete a volunteer group request form.  Questions?  Contact:
Denice L. Hurlbut
Associate Director of Volunteerism
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Casady Families

The Casady Students Against Hunger
"Casady Cans Do" Food Drive raised $3,000.77 and the total cans and food bags collected and sent in two trailers filled with donations weighted 5,141 pounds as of 11/2/2016 (some more donations came last minute).  

The official total number of meals donated will be announced by Natalie Price, Special Events Coordinator of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma who will attend our Upper Division Chapel service to receive a check from YAC (Youth Active in the Community) service teen board planning team.  For memories of the drive visit

Service-Learning @ Diversity Celebrations

Casady YAC's Halloween-Business Meeting

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Halloween's Casady's Frida Khalo...Can you guess who this student is?

Dia de los Muertos Awareness @ the Casady Middle Division

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the DeadEl Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed.

Dia de los Difuntos @ Mr. Pena's Spanish Classes

Making Papel Picado

El Dia de los Muertos at the Plaza District
Spanish Teacher, Damaris Castro invited Casady Spanish Teachers to explore this traditional Mexican and Central American cultural celebration








Mitzvah Da@ the Regional Food Bank of OKC

Mitzvah Day International is an annual day of faith-based social action that takes place in November each year, primarily in the United Kingdom. On Mitzvah Day each year, community groups and individuals undertake a range of volunteer projects for those in need in their local community.

Jewish Federation at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma