Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy 2014
“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” D.M. Dellinger -

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you're scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
Neil Gaiman (born 1960);

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays

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YAC delivered stockings filled with art supplies and games to Children's Hospital on December 19, 2013.  The stockings were a collaborative kindness project for the holidays. The art department purchased the materials and made the stockings.  Special thanks to Mrs. Megan Thompson and Mrs. Phillips Seitter.  Casady Service-Learning sponsored the decoration of the stockings by anyone interested at the Woolsey Wing Student Center.  The art club students were the first one to decorate, followed by YAC and interested UD Cyclones like seniors Christine L. and Kendall B.
Junior Sidney Jones provided the idea for a very special fundraiser for the stockings fillings.  UD Casady Cyclones donated money to select a teacher from their donations to dress as a Christmas character the last day before the break. 
Collection jars and box were placed at teachers' classrooms and front office.  The contenders were:  Miss Croce, Spanish Teacher and winner of the fundraiser as Rudolph.  A very closed second was Mr. Halpern, Math teacher, as the Grinch.  The other contenders were, Dr. Philipson, UD Principal as Frosty the Snow Man, Coach T., UD Dean of Students, as a Christmas Tree, and Dr. Lewchuk, UD Science and Math, as Scrooge.  The fundraiser was announced on Monday with the goal of raising $100.  On Thursday, by 3:45 PM, Mrs. Jenkins, from Student Billing, counted the money and $140 were collected.  Thank you teachers.
Junior Jessika G. went to Wal-Mart and purchased the wish list for the stocking provided by the Volunteer Coordinator of Children's Hospital, Mrs. Belinda Anderson. Mr. Crofton MD drama classes filled the stockings and due to inclement weather forecast, the stockings were delivered by available YAC members on Friday, December 19 after school.  Caroling on Saturday at Children's Hospital was cancelled due to incoming ice storm. 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Casady STUCO Coffee House Fundraiser for Children Hospital

STUCO's Coffee House showcase the talents of volunteer performers.  Tickets were $5 donation with proceeds going to Children's Hospital Fundraiser.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013


Wednesday, December 18th, 

Woolsey Wing Student Center, 9:00 AM 

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2:00-3:00 pm
Mrs. Anderson will meet Casady YAC Cyclones at the Atrium of the hospital.  She will  escort group through the hospital for caroling.
The Children’s Hospital
1200 N. Children's Ave. (formerly Phillips Ave.)
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405)271-4700 for driving directions.
Belinda Anderson
Manager, The Children’s Hospital Volunteers
The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
405-271-4870 (phone)
405-213-5523 (mobile)

Happy Holidays from Casady Service Learning

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Compassion a shared value

Oprah's Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Karen Armstrong


"Twelve Steps to Compassion" aired Sunday, December 1 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Oprah Winfrey sat down with bestselling author and TED prize winner Karen Armstrong who shares her groundbreaking insights into the world’s great religions.  Karen revealed the thread that she says is common to all the world’s great religions:  compassion.  In our perilously divided world, she says we need to live more compassionately now more than ever.  In her book:  Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen outlines simple practices anyone can follow to make a lifelong commitment to a more harmonious world.

A Compassionate Mentor

We mourn Nelson Mandela.  We celebrate him.  We owe him our gratitude because he taught us about compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation and how to weather the storm with honesty and dignity. The Charter for Compassion joins the people of South Africa, our two city initiatives in Cape Town and Johannesburg and our South African partners in recognizing that we have been blessed to have walked in his shadow.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10: Universal Declaration of Human Rights Day

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. You can find a link to the Declaration on the UN's website ... HERE.

Nelson Mandela

 Hearing of the passing of civil rights giant, President Nelson Mandela, was a sad and, initially, scary occasion for me. He did such an outstanding job of holding humanity accountable for the greater good that my initial thoughts were, ‘what will the world be like without him and who will step up in his place?’ But, I quickly realized that it is up to us, as individuals and as a global society, to honor his strong legacy by upholding and furthering the moral principles for which he governed himself and the world.   Ashley Gibson, Director of Communication, Casady School

From Awesome Stories:

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I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

It is the late 1940s in South Africa.  New laws, impacting racial segregation, herald an ominous future for people of color who live at the southern tip of the African continent.
Over the coming decades, the plight of black South Africans will worsen.  Although they are the majority in their country, they have no say in government because they cannot vote in national elections.
How can they be masters of their fate when they are not even allowed to live where they wish?
When people were crowded into sub-standard housing, in the Johannesburg area of Sowetto (standing for "South Western Townships"), racial tensions began to flare.  Nelson Mandela, a lawyer and anti-apartheid leader, also had a home in Sowetto.  He would rise to become the leader of his nation - South Africa - but it would take years before that happened.  Image of Sowetto homes by Matt-80, online via Wikimedia Commons.  License:  CC BY-2.0

Original Release Date:  December, 2009
Updated December 5, 2013