Friday, January 13, 2017

Adapted from the Casady Courier News

On January 9, 2017, Casady's Middle and Upper Division community service clubs welcomed Dr. Belinda Biscoe, University of Oklahoma Associate Vice-President for University Outreach Public and Community Service and founder of Positive Tomorrows, as the featured speaker in Chapel as our students prepare for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16, 2017.
On Monday, Casady will recognize the National Day of Service with no classes so that our community may participate in activities for organizations and causes that are dear to them. 

Managing volunteer opportunities for Upper Division students is the School's Youth Active in the Community (YAC) Club. Students may participate in the "Roots of Service Quilting" in Harper Wing to embark on a quilting project in the morning, and students have signed up to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in the afternoon. 

Middle Division students and their parents are invited Saturday, Jan. 21 to the Food Bank for a special family volunteer day. Volunteer forms are available through Mrs. Goodwin, Ms. O'Melia, or on the Food Bank website.

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Dr. Biscoe shared a few stories of growing up in the segregated south in Atlanta, Georgia to help students have windows of understanding to what inspired her to be a social justice advocate for all groups.  
During her youth, Dr. Biscone and her peers opened some painfully closed doors.  For example, she was the homecoming queen of the first interracial football game in the history of the state of Georgia.  Her team won and she received a commemorative football, which she showed to the students as she stated, "I have never attended a football game as quiet...we were all afraid to utter a word."  She added, "with painful and bitter experiences we have two choices; one is to harbor resentment, which can destroy us, or we can choose to re-frame these experiences and transform them in ways to make a difference in our world."   

Then, Dr. Biscoe related her experience meeting Dr. King and mustering the courage to thank him and shake his hand.  She related lessons learned from Dr. King and how he motivated her to become a worker for social justice throughout her life.  For example, she is the founder of Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children.  She chose this example because of her awareness of Casady's outreach work at Positive Tomorrows.

Dr. Biscoe ended her speech with a quote, by unknown, "You cannot choose your ancestors, but neither can your descendants" and a challenge, "What will your descents say about the kind of ethical and just world you left for them.   Follow Dr King's dream for a just world for us all."

Displaying Dr.  Belinda Biscoe.jpgCasady YAC thanked Dr. Biscoe for her time and inspirational speech with a "silhouette of peace" for her office.  Silhouettes of Peace were made by Casady after school program children for Peace Week 2017.

Dr. Biscoe's speech was followed by YAC and MD Service Club announcements of volunteer opportunities available this coming week to honor the memory of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. making a day OFF from school into a day ON service, Monday, January 16, 2017, National Day of Service.  JOIN US

MLK Day, A National Day of Service
Casady UD YAC Service Opportunities 

January 16, 2017

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20th MLK Day Prayer Breakfast, Monday, January 16, 7:00 am.  Program starts at 8:00 am @ Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Road, Midwest City, OKC 73110).  $10 tickets must be purchased in advance at Midwest City Community Center (100 N. Midwest Blvd. Phone 739-1294) or at the door  Event organizers expect 400 people to attend.  

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Morning MLK Day, Roots of Service Quilting at Harper, Monday, January 16, 9:30-11:30   We will finish some quilts and start new ones.  Mrs. Shirley Small, master quilter, facilitator.  Mrs. Clay supervisor. Snacks and drinks provided.  Sign-up at Expected attendance: Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Small, Anna B. Sahanya B.

Morning  MLK Day, Students Rebuild, Youth Uplift Challenge: Caring Hands Project @ Wing, January 16, 9:30-11:30. Walk-Ins welcome.  No pre-registration needed  Supplies and snacks provided.  Project Chair/Challenge Taker: Gabrielle Moore, Site supervisor: Mrs. Clay.
YOU MAKE a HAND to LEND a HAND. For every hand sent in, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $1.90—up to $500,000—to Save the Children’s programs empowering youth in Nicaragua and Indonesia to rise into a life they dream for themselves.
Why hands?  Hands are how we lift each other up, how we connect, how we work, how we give, and how we receive. Hands represent who we are and the unique contribution we all have to fight poverty.
If you cannot attend the MLK Day at the Wing, make and decorate Caring Hands at home and bring them to Harper to the CYCLONE GIVING TREE. YAC will collect the hands and mail them to the Bezos Foundation.  YAC will be making hands until April 21-23, Global Youth Service Days!  Students from all over the world and Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park will be making hands with us those days!.
Why $1.90 The children facing poverty in Nicaragua and Indonesia LIVE on less than $1.90 a day.

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MLK Day Afternoon, 1:30-4:00 PM at the Volunteer Center of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma:   We will pack Food-4-Kids Bankpacks.  Wear closed toe shoes and Disney Attire. "I have a dream, a Magical Wish, Zero Oklahoma Hungry Children"  Sign up and get volunteer releases at Harper or at Limited to 40 volunteers ages 8 years old and older. LD and MD volunteers should be accompanied by parents   Mrs. Clay, supervisor.  Snacks and drinks provided by the Food Bank. Expected attendance: 22 volunteers scheduled to participate.

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JOIN the Middle Division Service Club 
Saturday, January 21, 2017

1:30-4:00 pm
Pack Food -4- Kids 
at the Volunteer Center at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

MLK Day 2016
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Sign-up at the Middle Division Front office or at Mrs. Omelia's Room

Wear closed-toe shoes.  
Mrs. Cherylynn Omelia,, Site Supervisor

Bring signed permission to volunteer, required for all volunteers under 18 years of age.