Monday, August 21, 2017

LD Spanish Teacher, 2nd place ($57,000) raised for Children's Miracle Network

Dancing For A Miracle supported the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research and education while serving every county in Oklahoma.  In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Dancing For A Miracle, performances were inspired by the wonderful world of Disney and the music that is the soundtrack of childhood. All funds raised through Children's Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma, so that our children will have access to pediatric specialists without having to leave the state.

Over $500,000 were raised in a live and silent auction as well as pledges to find the STAR couple of the Dancing Competition.  Mr. Chris Black'74 and his wife Cynthia were the Honorary Chairs of the event.  

Ms. Hazel Lopez, Lower Division Spanish Teacher participated in the dance competition for a second year in a row. Her partner this year was Mr. Mike McDaniel.  The couple raised $57,000 and took second place in the overall competition. Ms. Terri McCaleb and Darren Fernandez took first place with over $150,000 raised.  Ms. Lopez stated, "It is an honor and great pleasure to participate in Dancing for a Miracle. I've participated before and it's always been fun to meet my partners and perform for an audience. Helping children has always been a focus of my life. As a dance instructor and a proud Spanish teacher at Casady School, I see the endless possibilities for the children.  A child that has those possibilities is a happy child, that makes everyone smile. I want to step up and do what I can to help and I hope everyone else will too."   

The Upper Division Casady Student Council yearly Walk-A-Thon also benefits the Children's Miracle Network.  Save the date: April 6 for the 2017 Casady Walk-A-Thon around the beautiful Casady Lake.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Teach Peace - A Stand Up to Hate

Peace Rocks



Take some home, leave some behind to brighten someone's day

Preparing supplies for Kinesthetic Lab Training with Dr. Javier Carrasco

Kinesthetic Literacy Lab Demonstration
Dr. Javier Carrasco provided a "train the trainer"demonstration via Google hang out facilitated by Mr. Tommy Snider.  Dr. Carrasco demonstrated 3 of his Kinesthetic Lab activities at Harper from 3:00-4:00 pm.  Mrs. Chaudry, Mrs. Howley, and Mrs. Johnson attended. Mrs. Carmen Clay who coordinated the demonstration wrote, "Dr. Carrasco's Literacy Kinesthetic Lab activities are awesome. Teachers who attended the demonstration connected his ideas to their field and developed teachable experiences for their own classrooms."    

Looking forward to Saturday 9/9/2017 from 10:00-11:30 when Casady mentors will undergo training via Google Hangout at Harper.  Casady mentors will take the activities to Boys and Girls Clubs, Stanley Hupfeld Elementary, Our Spot-Head Start Center, and Special Care.
The presentation for the 9/9/2017 train the mentors demonstration is as follows
A. Brief overview of the kinesthetic curriculum
      B. Demonstrate the activities (three with our help)
    C. Close out with an overview of your findings.   

August 17, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 32
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Serve & Remember: Make 9/11 a Day of Unity, Empathy, Kindness, and Hope
Honoring this moment in our nation's history by serving in your community helps transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy, kindness, and hope as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military.
Make your commitment, get ideas and resources, and tell us your project plans at 

The tragic events in Charlottesville - and Mr. Trump's response - have shocked the nation and sparked an important conversation about racism and hate... and provided a clear call to action for us all to be fearless and to be kind. Here are ideas and tools to help you create peace.

The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance and inclusion. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it - often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide from the Southern Poverty Law Center sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community.

Also from the SPLC, how can college students respond when white nationalists show up on campus? This Campus Guide to Countering Alt-Right Protesters offers answers.

This article from UpWorthy includes 16 ideas and resources for how you can stand up to hate and make a big difference.

How can teachers create a classroom environment that cultivates, instead of stifles, difficult discussions about race, class, politics, and culture? Here are 10 recommendations for teachers to develop a classroom ethos that encourages, advances, and addresses the toughest issues students face inside and outside of classroom.

Search Institute's CEO reflects on what "both sides" really means:
"The first and the best thing we can do to depart from that presumed path is to teach our children to understand all sides of a story while also recognizing that one side can be fundamentally (if not entirely) right and one side can be equally (if not entirely) wrong. In recent days the President of the United States has deeply confused right and wrong, and I hope that every parent, educator, and youth worker who cares about kids will help them understand and move beyond the President's false equivalence to develop the capacity to recognize right from wrong in the world in which they will live their lives."  


Deadline: August 31
YSA is now accepting applications for the 2018 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency program. As the official organizer of GYSD (April 20-22, 2018) in their region, GYSD Lead Agencies collaborate with partners to activate youth to acquire 21st Century Skills by solving community problems through service or service-learning projects. Organizations located in the 50 U.S. states + DC are eligible to apply. Up to 100 organizations will receive grants of $1,000 to build a partner coalition of at least 10 other organizations that collectively activates at least 500 youth volunteers on GYSD. New this year, 40 of these grants will be awarded to organizations that focus on engaging youth in underserved communities who are not usually asked to serve, such as youth from low-income families or in Title I schools, youth with disabilities, and youth in the juvenile justice system. Learn more and apply at    

Deadline: September 30
The Walt Disney Company, through Youth Service America (YSA), will award $500 grants this fall to young changemakers who are working to create a brighter tomorrow. It gives kids the opportunity to turn their creative ideas into projects that make communities healthier, greener and stronger. We encourage you to invite a young changemaker, age 5-18, to apply for this opportunity.
Deadline: September 30
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment. 

Deadline: October 1
It's become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. 


Jayden Watts (16, Sacramento, California) cares about inclusion because he has faced many issues due to his race throughout his life. He is aware of education inequity and how activities like debate are usually only accessible to students in schools with higher funding. Jayden works to ensure that low-income students can debate against tough competition from across the nation.

Jayden is one of the lead debaters that has excelled within The Sacramento Urban Debate League (SUDL). He has supported and advised low income students to join debate. His goal is to have students speak out about the oppression in their lives and other topics within debate, to be able to change the world. Jayden has taught younger students how to engage with arguments they relate to in order to help them become effective debaters and activists. He recognizes that education in debate is vital to remain competitive.

Do you know a young person, age 5-25 that is creating extraordinary change in your community? Nominate them for an Everyday Young Hero award.

World's Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action. World's Largest Lesson 2017 begins on the September 18th - the week of the United Nations General Assembly and the anniversary of the adoption of the Global Goals. Here are some resources to help you get started planning to bring the World's Largest Lesson into your classroom or afterschool program.

This short course is designed for educators and all those who would like to teach children and young people about the Sustainable Development Goals, commonly known as the Global Goals. It is intended to support the teaching of the World's Largest Lesson and all other efforts to educate and engage children and young people so that they support the Sustainable Development Goals and want to turn their support into action.

To celebrate the World's Largest Lesson in 2017 we are asking children to think about how their food choices impact the SDGs and to pledge to make changes. From healthy eating to reducing wastage, eliminating plastic packaging, sourcing closer to home and checking on the practices of food producers, children will roll up their sleeves and fearlessly stand up for the children that are hungry right now and need our help.

There are a lot of goals - 17 in all - but there is a way to make these understandable and accessible to people of all ages...and make them fun to learn about - through the powerful entertainment medium of comics. By articulating the principles and values of the global goals through stories, imagery and even some famous characters, we can get people to think about these critical issues and what they means to their lives, their family and their communities.


"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around"  

"Ain't gonna let racism turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let hatred turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let injustice turn me around... 
Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around 
Turn me around, turn me around 
Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around 
I'm gonna keep on a-walking,
keep on a-talking 
Marching down to freedom land." 

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at and Spotify at 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Casady Faculty Connecting to the Community

Results of a Common Purpose
18,675 Backpacks are delivered to 52 schools on Fridays during the school year 
Hunger in Oklahoma Report

Peace and Joy at the Heart of Service
Educated to Make a Difference
Hunger Must End before Learning Begins

The mission of the RFBO of Fighting Hunger-Feeding Hope is fulfilled by a strong volunteer force
Guidelines for RFBO Volunteering

Operational manifestation of our mission

A group picture before being divided into working groups
Purpose:  Packing Food-4-Kids Backpacks and meals for school food pantries and Kids Cafes



TIP takes tour of Food Bank during Break

RFBO invites Cyclones to cook for Kids Cafes at the Hope Kitchen
The Hope Kitchen provides Healthy Meals to After School and Summer Feeding Programs
Must be 12 years old to serve at the Hope's Kitchen

18,500 Oklahoma Kids in the Food for Kids Program in 2017 in 52 schools
Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

One in Six Oklahomans Struggle with Food Insecurity
1 in 4 Oklahoma Children Struggle with Hunger

Beef and Pork for Backpacks
Must be 18 years old to pack meat products
Beef for Backpacks and Pork for Packs are a collaboration among the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma State University Food and Agricultural Products Center, Ralph's Meat Company in Perkins, Chickasha Meats, Oklahoma FFA, and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Nearly 50 head of cattle and hogs are needed each year to provide enough beef and pork sticks for all of the students in the Food for Kids program. 

RFBO feeds 126,000 Oklahoma neighbors
600,000+ people struggle with food insecurity in Oklahoma
RFBO is environmentally conscious.  Recycles cardboard, minimizes paper usage, and their facility runs on energy saving LED lights with motion detectors to turn on and off lights


 Meanwhile Back at Casady 
YAC oversees Peace Rock Art for Children of Faculty Volunteering at the Food Bank