Thursday, April 28, 2016

Perfect Pair Homeless Alliance Drive: May 2-6,2016

Casady’s Upper Division service learning youth council, YAC (Youth Active in the Community)

is organizing a drive benefiting Oklahoma City’s Homeless Alliance. The drive is called “Perfect

Pair”. This drive specifically seeks men’s tube socks, bars of soap, and toothbrushes. Far from

insignificant, new socks, bars of soap, and toothbrushes make people feel human. This

small act of kindness could make a huge difference for hundreds of homeless in our community.

The Homeless Alliance is a non­profit organization that works to end homelessness in Oklahoma

City. A United Way partner, the Homeless Alliance provides assistance to many of Oklahoma

homeless including veterans, the mentally disabled, and those who struggle with substance

abuse. They work with several local organizations including NorthCare, The Veterans’

Administration, Healing Hands, Be the Change, and many local churches.

In addition to Casady students and their families donating items, YAC is also asking the Casady

Community to reach out to local dentists and merchants who might be willing to support the

cause and donate toothbrushes, mens tube socks, or soap. YAC is looking to make a

difference for a vulnerable segment of our community with this drive that reinforces Casady’s

mission to service learning by allowing students to take action and see the tangible results of

their efforts.

Ellison G.
Freshman YAC Project Facilitator

To drop donations
Primary Division: By Perfect Pair Red Wagon by entrance foyer.  Perfect Pair collection bags and volunteers will be on site to help collect items from 7:30-8:15 am

Volunteers on duty
Monday, May 2:  Carmen C, Paxton B.
Tuesday, May 3: Ellison G, Evie W
Wednesday, May 4:  Sanjay R., Payton B.
Thursday, May 5: Ellison G., Sahanya B.
Friday, May 6: Kate W. Hannah J.

Lower Division: By Giving Tree by the Front Office. Perfect Pair collection bags and volunteers will be on site to help collect donations from 7:15 to 8: 15 am

Volunteers on duty
Monday, May 2: Aubrey H., Dylan D.
Tuesday, May 3: Carmen C. Dylan D.
Wednesday, May 4: Dylan D.
Thursday, May 5: Dylan D. Gabrielle M.
Friday, May 6: Dylan D.

Upper Division: At collection boxes at Student Center.  Perfect pair collection bags and colunteers will be on site to help collect donations from 7:15-8:15 am

Volunteers on duty
Monday, May 2: Mason T., Hannah J.
Tuesday, May 3: Mason T., Kate W.
Wednesday, May 4: Mason T., Hannah J.
Thursday, May 5: Mason T., Kate W.
Friday, May 6: Carmen C., Mason T.

Monday's Collection
Upper Division 409
Lower Division 143
Primary Division 51  
Tuesday's Collection
Upper Division 42
Lower Division 56
Primary Division 40
138  +603 = 741

Wednesday's Collection
Upper Division 131
Lower Division 112
Primary Division 8

Thursday's Collection
Upper Division  225
Lower Division 203
Primary Division 310

Friday's Collection
Upper Division
Lower Division
Primary Division

Thumbs Up for Volunteers




" Isn't that a field hockey player?  She is so kind"  LD student

ONE MORE DAY.....508 is our magic number

Five Science-Backed Strategies for More Happiness

--by Kira M. Newman, syndicated from Greater Good, Apr 29, 2016
Did you know that happiness has its own holiday?
Four years ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed March 20 to be the International Day of Happiness. It’s easy to understand why they see happiness as something to celebrate: Happy people are healthier; they get sick less often and live longer. Happy people are more likely to get married and have fulfilling marriages, and they have more friends. They make more money and are more productive at work. Based on decades of research, it has become clear that happiness is not just a personal issue; it’s a matter of public health, global economics, and national well-being.
But it doesn’t come easy, as most of us know. Disappointments and annoyances grab our attention like gnats, and even the good things in life seem to lose their luster over time. Add to that a crammed schedule and mounting obligations, and happiness might just seem out of reach—achievable for other people, perhaps, but not us.
Fortunately, research suggests that happiness is something we can cultivate with practice. The Greater Good Science Center has collected many happiness practices on our website Greater Good in Action, alongside other research-based exercises for fostering kindness, connection, and resilience. Below are 11 of those happiness practices, grouped into five broader strategies for a more fulfilling life.

1. Acknowledge the good

If we don’t feel happy, it’s tempting to look for things to fix: the job that isn’t prestigious enough, the apartment that’s too cramped, our partner’s annoying habit. But focusing on all the negatives isn’t the surest route to feeling better. Instead, a simple way to start cultivating happiness is by recognizing the good.
In the Three Good Things exercise, for example, you keep a journal devoted solely to the positives in your life. Each evening, you write down three things that went well and add some detail about each, including how they made you feel. For example, you might recall a heartfelt thank you from a coworker, a quiet moment drinking tea, or your daughter’s infectious laughter. Importantly, you also briefly explain why you think each good thing happened—which focuses your attention on the enduring sources of goodness that surround you.
2005 study invited participants to do this practice daily for a week, and afterward they reported feeling happier and less depressed than when they started. In fact, they maintained their happiness boost six months later, illustrating how impactful it can be to focus on the good things in life.
Many of those good things lie just outside our doorstep, and we can practice noticing them on aSavoringWalk. Here, you take a 20-minute walk and observe the sights, sounds, and smells you encounter—freshly cut grass, an epic skyscraper, a stranger’s smile. Each time you notice something positive, take the time to absorb it and think about why you enjoy it. On your subsequent Savoring Walks, strike out in different directions to seek new things to admire.
In a study by Fred Bryant of Loyola University Chicago, participants who took Savoring Walks daily for a week reported greater increases in happiness than participants who went for walks as usual. “Making a conscious effort to notice and explicitly acknowledge the various sources of joy around us can make us happier,” write Bryant and Joseph Veroff in the book Savoring.
If you have trouble seeing the good that’s already around you, another strategy is to create some. InCreating and Recalling Positive Events, you carve out time for yourself and fill your schedule with enjoyment.
When you have a day free, don’t rush around doing chores; instead, try three different happy activities:
Something you do alone, such as reading, listening to music, or meditating.
Something you do with others, such as going out for coffee, riding your bike, or watching a movie.
Something meaningful, such as volunteering, helping a neighbor in need, or calling a friend who’s struggling.
If your go-to happiness practice has been Netflix and a bowl of ice cream, this exercise can reconnect you with different sources of satisfaction. These three activities should offer you a sense of pleasure, engagement, and meaning, all viable paths to a satisfying life. A 2014 study found that even psychiatric patients with suicidal thoughts found value in doing this exercise, reporting more optimism and less hopelessness afterward.

2. Add happiness through subtraction

Even after we identify the positives in our life, we’re still prone to adapting to them over time. A good thing repeated brings us less satisfaction, until it no longer seems to contribute to our day-to-day mood at all; we take it for granted. That’s why, sometimes, it’s a good idea to introduce a little deprivation. 

In Mental Subtraction of Positive Events, you call to mind a certain positive event—the birth of a child, a career achievement, a special trip—and think of all the circumstances that made it possible. How could things have turned out differently? Just taking a moment to imagine this alternate reality creates a favorable comparison, where suddenly our life looks quite good.

In a 2008 study, participants who performed this exercise reported feeling more gratitude and other positive emotions than participants who simply thought about past positive events without imagining their absence. Mental Subtraction seems to jolt us into the insight that the good things in our lives aren’t inevitable; we are, in fact, very lucky.
If imagining absence isn’t quite enough for you, what about experiencing it for real? In the Give It Uppractice, you spend a week abstaining from a pleasure in order to appreciate it more fully. This pleasure should be something that’s relatively abundant in your life, such as eating chocolate or watching TV. At the end of the week, when you can finally indulge, pay special attention to how it feels.
In a 2013 study, people who gave up chocolate savored it more and experienced a more positive mood when they finally ate it at the end of the week, compared with people who ate chocolate as usual. This exercise may not only open your eyes to a single pleasure (like the miracle of cacao), but make you more conscious of life’s many other pleasures, too.

3. Find meaning and purpose

Creating and Recalling Positive Events reminds us that pleasure isn’t the only path to bliss; meaning can also bring us happiness, albeit a quieter and more reflective kind.
In the Meaningful Photos practice, you take pictures of things that are meaningful to you and reflect on them. Over the course of a week, look out for sources of meaning in your life—family members, favorite spots, childhood mementos—and capture about nine or ten different images of them. At the end of the week, spend an hour reflecting on them: What does each photo represent, and why is it meaningful to you? Jot down some of those thoughts if it’s helpful.
Amid the chores and routines, life can sometimes feel dull and mundane. Reigniting our sense of meaning can remind us what’s important, which boosts our energy and gives us strength to face life’s stresses. In a2013 study, college students who completed this exercise not only boosted their sense of meaning, but also reported greater positive emotions and life satisfaction as well.
We can also boost our energy and motivation by fostering a sense of purpose, and the Best Possible Selfexercise is one way to do that. Here, you journal for 15 minutes about an ideal future in which everything is going as well as possible, from your family and personal life to your career and health.
In a 2006 study, participants who wrote about their Best Possible Selves daily for two weeks reported greater positive emotions afterward, and their mood continued increasing up to a month later if they kept up the practice.
This exercise allows us to clarify our goals and priorities, painting a detailed picture of where we want to be. This picture should be ambitious but realistic so that it motivates us to make changes, rather than reminding us how imperfect and disappointing our lives are now. When we reflect on our future this way, we may feel more in control of our destiny.

4. Use your strengths

Just as we hunt for things to fix in life, we also tend to obsess over flaws in ourselves; our weaknesses loom large. But what if we put more time and attention into our strengths and positive attributes?
The Use Your Strengths exercise invites you to consider your strengths of character—from creativity and perseverance to kindness and humility—and put them into practice. Each day for a week, select a strength and make a plan to use it in a new and different way. You can repeat the same strength—directing your curiosity toward a work project one day and toward your partner’s interests the next—or work on different strengths each day. At the end of the week, synthesize the experience by writing about what you did, how it made you feel, and what you learned.
In a 2005 study, participants who engaged in this exercise for a week reported feeling happier and less depressed, and that happiness boost lasted up to six months. Use Your Strengths may help us transfer skills between home and work—applying our professional creativity to our children’s school assignments or our domestic kindness to our co-workers—and give us a confidence boost all around.

5. Connect with others

The practices above invite us to turn inward, tinkering with our attitudes and the way we view the world. But decades of science also suggest that turning outward and connecting to the people around us is one of the surest routes to happiness.
As a first step, you can try an adapted version of the Best Possible Self exercise for relationships to give you insights into what kinds of social connection you desire. In an ideal life, what would your relationships with your spouse, family, and friends look like?
One way to feel an immediate boost of connection is through Random Acts of Kindness. Random Acts of Kindness don’t have to be flashy or extravagant; they can be as simple as helping a friend with a chore or making breakfast for your partner. You can also extend your circle of kindness to strangers and community members, feeding a parking meter or offering a meal to someone in need.
In a 2005 study, participants who performed five acts of kindness on one day a week for six weeks reported increases in happiness. (This didn’t happen when they spread out their acts of kindness across the week, perhaps because a single kind act may not feel noteworthy on its own.) Researchers also suggest varying your acts of kindness over time to keep the practice fresh and dynamic.
Some of your acts of kindness may involve giving, and the Make Giving Feel Good practice helps ensure that giving does, indeed, bring happiness. Researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, among others, have found evidence that being kind and generous does make us happier, but they’ve also found that acts of giving are most effective when they meet these three criteria:
It’s a choice: Give because you choose to, not because you feel pressured or obligated to.
You connect: Giving can be an opportunity to make connections with the people you’re helping, so choose activities where you get to spend time with recipients, like helping a friend move or volunteering at a soup kitchen.
You see the impact: If you’re donating money, for example, don’t just give and move on. Find out what your money will be used for—like new classroom supplies or a cooking stove.
In a 2011 study, participants were offered a $10 Starbucks gift card to use in different ways: They either gave it to someone, gave it to someone and joined them for a drink, or used it on themselves while drinking with a friend. The ones who gave the card away and spent time with the recipient—connecting with them and seeing the impact of giving—felt happiest afterward.
Of course, the pursuit of happiness isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and mugs of tea and smiling children. Sometimes we need to tackle our insecurities and weaknesses, and we can’t just ignore our draining jobs and nagging relatives. But the practices here represent the other side of the coin, the one we often neglect: seeing, appreciating, and mobilizing the good.

This article is printed here with permission. It originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). Based at UC Berkeley, the GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Kira M. Newman is an editor and web producer at the Greater Good Science Center. She is also the creator of The Year of Happy, a year-long course in the science of happiness, and CaféHappy, a Toronto-based meetup. 

Earth Day 2016 @ Casady School, Saturday, April 23, 2016

NASA view of Earth from Space

It’s Earth Day, but ... 
What does that really mean?
Shouldn’t every day be Earth Day?
What’s up with celebrating the Earth every April 22nd?
Let’s step back to investigate when (and why)
this annual event began.
This story links to other AwesomeStories that give scientific, historic, political, economic, literature and film perspectives on the protection of our earth.

Litter Blitz Environmental Club Activity:  Adopt the Street Clean-up in honor of Earth Day 2016

8:30-11:30 am Cyclones met at Jimmy's Egg for breakfast donated by the restaurant.  After getting gear and instructions on how to clean-up with safety guidelines in mind, Cyclones proceeded to clean up.  The project was facilitated by senior Namir Q.  Students were under the supervision of Mrs. Zesiger, Miss Infantino, and Mr. Delgrosso. 

Our Dean of Students, Miss Marion Tolon joined the environmental group cleaning up the allocated segment of Britton Road and Pennsylvania Avenue to the Casady Environmental Club.  

Photos courtesy of Mrs. Zesiger.

Gardening and Composting @ Casady in honor of Earth Day 2016 on Saturday, April 23, 2016

1:00 - 3:00 PM  Cyclones worked for two hours weeding, planning, planting, decorating, and watering. The project was facilitated by senior Anna M. and the supervision was provided by the Composting Club Sponsor, Mr. John Kelly
Composting Club Activity Participants were
- Anna M., - Paxton B.- Brett R.- Braydon M.- Sam H.- Namir K.- Grace P.- Dylan D.- Aubrey H.- Lauren E.- Lily H.  

Photos and list of participants courtesy of Anna M.'16.


Monday, April 25, 2016

8:00 AM Central Time, Saturday, April 30th


Imagine witnessing history in the making. Join in live video discussions with youth from around the world who are sure to be our future world peace leaders. Hear their ideas on how to make the world a more peaceful place for all of us. 

These young Ambassadors of Peace are not only our future,
They are our present.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 30th
TIME:  1300 UTC / 0900 EST /OKC Time 8:00 am
click here for your time zone 

Seats are filling up quickly - Please reserve your place today!
(this is a free event)
Creating a Visible Change

Jules Lamore of Peace Pals International and Carlos Palma of Living Peace
Invite you to to join us on April 30th for our first live video webcast with youth panelist from around the world who will discuss The Fuji Declaration and share their views of world peace and how they are making a viable difference in the world today.

Learn more about our International Speakers

Brandon Perdomo
Introducing World Peace Youth Moderator
Brandon Perdomo

World Peace Youth is a joint partnership between Living Peace and Peace Pals International. Together, creating a platform where International youth commune to share ideas and experiences through live video.

            Living Peace            Peace Pals International

visit: to learn more.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Casady Environmental and Composting Club, Saturday April 23:  The Day after Earth Day Activities. 

a. Adopt a Street Clean-up.  9:00 am.  Meets at Jimmy's Egg restaurant for breakfast, instructions and gear.   Contact Namir K.'2016.  Sign up at Harper or by contacting the faculty supervisors  Mrs.Julieta  Zesiger or Mr. Mark Delgrosso,

b. Composting Activity 1:00-3:00 pm. Meets at Calvert. Contact Anna M.  Sign-up at Harper or by contacting the composting sponsor Mr. John Kelly,

Sending our prayers to the people of Ecuador

Sending Prayers to the people of Kyushu, Japan.

The island of Kyushu, Japan has been hit by multiple earthquakes and aftershocks which continue to threaten the region.  The Peace Prayer Society invites you to download this PDF flag card of Japan and alone or with friends and family, recite the universal message of peace.

May Peace be in Japan and Ecuador
May Peace Prevail On Earth

We thank you for your prayers for the people of Japan and Ecuador
May Peace be in Japan and Ecuador
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Let us also continue our prayers for people in all the other countries and regions
of the world needing care and attention now.
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Friday, April 15, 2016

Global Youth Service Days: Share your Volunteer Story

Global Youth Service Day : Youth Active in the Community

  • Collecting data on GYSD projects to measure impact!
    • Number of youth engaged
  • Evening of the Arts:  4 youth 52 volunteers total

  • Service-T-shirt Day: Tell your volunteer story:  80/300.  We discovered that students have worked all around the world and the United States as well as for many non-profits in OKC.
Infant Crisis Services Volunteers:  Feeding and clothing infants and toddlers in OKC

OKC Children's Theater Volunteer: Advocating the Arts in OKC

Project Cure Volunteer- Delivers needed medical supplies in needy countries

Casady Walk-A-Thon Volunteer: Proceeds benefiting the Children's Hospital Foundation

Former School  Volunteer;  Fundraiser for school needs

Empty Bowls , End Hunger Project Volunteer in Detroit, Michigan

  • Roots of Service and Service T-shirts Quilt: Share your roots and fruits of service in a quilt patch: 10

  • Students Rebuild Healing Classroom Challenge @ Boys and Girls Club:  by Gabrielle M.and Mallory W. 100 teens from September to May. 2 teens and 20 children on Global Youth Service Day, April 15.  $100 donation= 50 pinwheels
Take a virtual field trip to Lebanon to meet Syrian students you’ve supported by making pinwheels for the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge!

This live webcast features Syrian students and educators who are part of the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Healing Classrooms program. They’ll be meeting with American students who have participated in the Healing Classrooms Challenge. Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, an Emmy-nominated journalist and Correspondent/Producer for VICE on HBO, will moderate the conversation. RSVP now to watch and join the conversation and by sending questions in real time via the Chat feature.

The Healing Classrooms Challenge is a partnership of the Bezos Family Foundation, the IRC and Global Nomads Group (GNG). Through the Challenge, the Bezos Family Foundation is  matching your pinwheels with up to $400K in funding to support the IRC’s Healing Classrooms program. The program helps provide secure and nurturing learning environments to Syrian youth who now live in Lebanon and Iraq.  

Prepare for the webcast with our free, virtual reality curriculum produced by GNG, available at

Students Rebuild inspires young people worldwide to connect, learn and take collective action on critical global issues. Learn more at

Learn more about our partners GNG at and the IRC at


Live from Lebanon: SR Healing Classrooms Challenge Webcast
Thu, April 21, 8:00 AM
Hangouts On Air - Broadcast for free
Are you going to watch?
Invite more

  • Volunteering @ Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: TBR by Paxton B. 

  • Homeless Alliance, Perfect Pair Drive: Visit to Homeless Alliance- CEO of Homeless Alliance Chapel speaker on Monday, April 18, 2016  10 teens
    • Number of hours served
  • To Be Determine
    • Number of people benefited/helped by the project
  • To Be Determine


 "A picture is worth a thousand words..." Make your pictures count by following the general tips:

Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park take the Students Rebuild Challenge.  They made 60 pinwheels
under the facilitation of sophomore Cyclones Mallory W. and Gabrielle M.  Pinwheels for Syrian Refugees
were mailed on April 30, 2016

  • In the description/caption, include a short story about your project in 3-5 sentences that answers the following questions:

  • Who are you? (Why do you care about this project/issue?)
  • What's the problem you're trying to solve? (What's the goal of your project?)
  • What is your solution? (What are you actually doing during your project?)
  • What's the impact? (What's different / changed because of your project?)
Consider using the new mobile app Vidoozi. Vidoozi lets you easily produce and share high quality videos using your own pictures and video clips - without complicated editing software. The Vidoozi app is free and available for download in the App Store. Don't forget to include 'GYSD' in your video title so others can view your GYSD story!

Tag your social media posts with #GYSD and don't forget to follow YSA's accounts to stay in on the GYSD action- your posts and photos could be featured in the live social media stream on this weekend! Check the website for updates and to see how others are celebrating GYSD around the world. 
Good luck, and happy Global Youth Service Day 2016!