Thursday, May 3, 2018

Learning Service Connections

From Casady Connections
Partnering with Westminster's Eighth Grade Community Service Group

The mission of Casady's Service Learning Program is to cultivate well-educated, responsible, compassionate individuals who make a difference and become entrepreneurs of peace and social change. 

As our Cyclones learn to be good citizens and to provide their time and talent, we realize the potential of the impact it has on our local, regional, and global communities. The more we work together to make a difference, the more we will accomplish. To that end, Westminster School's eighth-grade class has asked our Casady Community to assist them in one of their projects.
As part of their 2018 service learning project, the class has partnered with The Curbside Chronicle to help support their work to end homelessness in Oklahoma City. As a friend of Westminster, the class is asking the Casady Community to please take a few minutes to respond to a short survey. 

The Curbside Chronicle is a nonprofit employment program at Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City, working to help individuals transitioning out of homelessness. The survey will be used to help The Curbside Chronicle gauge the potential success of a flower shop in Oklahoma City that would employ people experiencing homelessness, help them build job skills, and transition them into housing and onto further employment opportunities. Take the survey now:

Dalton McCarthy, son of Casady Athletic Director Steve McCarthy, is working with Westminster's eighth-grade class on their project. In addition to Casady, the class is collecting information from parents at other Independent Schools in the area and has formed a partnership with Stella Nova, a development project of John Kennedy '72, for a pop-up shop location and Mother's Day Floral Exchange.

Casady's Perfect Pair Drive Benefits the Homeless Alliance
A clean pair of socks for our homeless, especially our homeless veterans
Founder Ellison G.'19 brought to Casady YAC's attention the Curbside Chronicle Magazine

The Curbside Chronicle magazine program employs and empowers men and women transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City

Provides a legitimate source of income for homeless and low-income individuals.

Provides a voice of the homeless within its magazine, covering a wide variety of social issues.

Builds community between homeless and non=homeless individuals
Increases awareness of social issues and decreases stigmatization of the homeless

Community Service and Service Learning at Casady

The Casady Service Learning Program aligns with the School's mission to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in students and inspire them to realize their potential to make a difference in their community in mind, body, and spirit.

Primary Division is Montessori-based so its Service Learning Program connects our youngest Cyclones to excellence and to Maria Montessori’s belief that “Global Peace Begins in the Classroom."

Lower Division focuses on project-based Service Learning. Grade-level faculty teams develop student-confidence for initiatives such as the third grade Fair Trade Chocolate Project.

Middle Division incorporates SEE (Service Exploration Experiences), Service Club, International Club, religious education classes, and the School’s traditional “house system” to provide academic outreach. Students develop relationships within the surrounding community and serve at Andrew Johnson Elementary, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Brookdale/Tuscany senior facilities, and others. Proceeds from weekly donut sales provide scholarships at Bishop McAllister College for Ugandan orphan children, which is a project facilitated through Father Tim Sean Youmans’ religious education classes.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards 2018 Recognition
If there are infinite paths to peace through volunteering and service learning, What is yours?

Upper Division promotes a service-oriented life, with the intention of yielding joy and peace to the participants. The challenge is to maximize potential and make a difference in local and global communities. The charge is to learn, give, grow, transform. The 45-hour service requirement is intended to align a student’s heart, mind, spirit, and actions. 

Upper Division faculty employs service initiatives through academic curriculum, Student Council, and clubs. Three service youth boards in the Upper Division are YAC (Youth Active in the Community) participating in the community to improve lives; Youth LEAD OKCasady (Leaders Engaging Across Differences), Cultural Competency: Identity and Diversity Education; and YMCA YaG (Youth and Government), state-organized model-government program.