Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Honoring Women's History Month


Leading Change: A Discussion with Female Nonprofit Founders

March 27, 2018

In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women's Day, Natalye Paquin, president and CEO of Points of Light, led a conversation with three women nonprofit founders from around the world. In a vibrant discussion, they explore the diverse ways in which women lead a civic life, the differences and similarities in their work as part of the Points of Light Network, and offer advice to emerging women leaders.     
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Thursday, March 22, 2018


March 22nd is World Water Day, a day we at H2O for Life celebrate all of the students and teachers who have joined us over the past ten years to help bring water to schools around the world. 
550,000 U.S. students have participated in H2O for Life service learning projects over that time period. Those students have raised 3.2 million dollars which have been matched for a total impact of 6.4 million dollars to provide safe water and sanitation for nearly 300,000 students in the developing world.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March is Women's History Month

In 1987, Congress declared March as National Women's History Month in perpetuity. A special Presidential Proclamation is issued every year which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. President Jimmy Carter's Message to the nation designating March 2-8, 1980 as NationalWomen's History Week.

St. Baldrick's Day: April 22

The St. Baldrick's Foundation organizes head-shaving events to raise money for childhood cancer research. For the past eight years, a Casady team of students, parents, and faculty have participated in this event. Anyone who would like to join the team is welcome. Participants have their heads shaved to show support for children who lose their hair during treatment and to inspire others to donate money that supports childhood cancer research.
You can also support the Casady team with a donation or by attending the event.
To join the team or support our effort with donations go to
The head-shaving event will be held in the afternoon on Sunday, April 22 at VZD’s, 4200 N Western Ave.
To learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation go to https://www.stbaldricks.org/

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cyclones Walk Out

Walk Out at 10:00 am today  Walk Out meets at the Quad and ends at 10:17 am

From http://www.news9.com/story/37594326/oklahoma-students-demand-change-in-wake-of-school-shooting

Some Oklahoma students are demanding change in the wake of the Florida school shooting.
They're planning to hold a protest at the state capitol next month. 
They're calling it March for Our Lives Oklahoma. 
"We are demanding common sense gun regulations," said student Doran Walters. "It's a real concern for kids these days, I mean, I'm not scared every time I walk through the door, but it's something that crosses my mind at least weekly." 
The march is set for Saturday, March 24. 
The March For Our Lives needs volunteers on March 24 to help run voter registration stands and clean up. Voter Registration will happen at the County Election Board and clean up will be both there and the Capitol. Sign up at Facebook https://m.facebook.com/groups/792324434311638 

Why Demonstrating Is Good for Kids 

Cyclones Chosen to CONA

Luke and Cole were both selected to attend CONA (Council on National Affairs), which is held in the summer.  Luke attended last year as well.  

Only 14 students are chosen!

JUNE 30 – JULY 5, 2018

The YMCA Youth Conference on National Affairs was started in 1968 as a follow-up to the outstanding states Youth in Government programs conducted by the YMCA throughout the US. The success of the conference is directly attributed to the leadership of many YMCA Professionals and Laymen but primarily to the dedication of the Youth involved. Last year, young people from thirty-three states and the District of Columbia participated in the conference. National Affairs is a program of the YMCA of Montgomery, AL.


  1. To gain an awareness of National concerns and issues.
  2. To increase understanding of Federal Government and its relation to State, National and International matters
  3. To have and use a means for communicating concerns about National Affairs to appropriate persons and groups at Federal Government levels.
  4. To develop increased understanding of needs, responsibilities and opportunities.
  5. To work creatively together with young adults and adults
  6. To help youth and adults to better understand and strengthen their values for living through the Christian objectives of the YMCA.

Want a peek at what the Conference is like?  Check out the end of the year Video from 2017.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Casady Youth and Government attends State Conference

Adapted from http://ymcaokc.org/yag/yag-home, First Day photos and comments by Mrs. Bek-gram
The Y's Youth and Government™ program is a national program that involves thousands of teens nationwide in state-organized, model-government programs. 
Students from every corner of the U.S. have the opportunity to immerse themselves in experiential civic engagement and practice democracy. 
Teens from across every state meet in their local Youth and Government clubs and at statewide events throughout the year to discuss and debate issues that affect citizens of their state through proposed legislation, participation in mock trials, or journalistic reporting. 
Opening Banquet - 2 Inspirational speakers

In its first year of full operations the Casady YAG, under the sponsorship of Government teacher, Lisa Bek-Gran and the leadership of Casady Student Council President, Luke Albert, attended regional training and club officers training and recruitment.  Members have also participated in a District Conference to qualify for attendance to the State Conference.  
Casady YaG Delegates 

The Casady delegates at the State Conference will be debating bills on the floor of the legislature, arguing cases before state courts, or creating various media publications.  Good luck, Cyclone YAG!

Luke and Cole were both selected to attend CONA (Council on National Affairs), which is held in the summer.  Luke attended last year as well.  

Only 14 students are chosen!

Thank you, members of the Class of 2018 and Mrs. Bek-gran for bringing and facilitating the first year of Casady YAG.

Monday, March 5, 2018

X2VOL recommendations for Spring Break Service Experiences

Guide to Volunteering Over Spring Break

Posted by x2VOL on Feb 28, 2018 9:39:35 AM
How to Volunteer Over Spring Break
Spring break is the perfect time of year to lay by the beach, go on a trip, hang out with friends or volunteer at your local nonprofit organization or help someone in need. The days you have off during spring break are a great time to get plugged in to the community, make a difference in someone else's life and knock out some of your service hours for the year,
There are a number of ways you can serve during spring break whether you are looking to work one day or multiple days in a row, the luxury of spring break is time
1. Go on a short-term service trip. Find these through your school, church or local nonprofits. A number of organizations will travel to serve another city, state or country. Take advantage of the multiple days you are there and build connections and relationships with the people you are helping. 
2. Find volunteer opportunities through x2VOL or organizations near you. Use the opportunities tab in your x2VOL account to search service projects in your community or call local nonprofit organizations and ask what service projects or volunteer opportunities they have available.  
3. Create your own service project. Have something your passionate about or a cause close to your heart? Take the time over spring break to organize your own service project and impact the community using your passions and talents. 
When you are finished with a service project, big or small, be sure to reflect on what you learned. Write about the impact you had on an organization or a group of people and note how they impacted you. 

SEE Period Carnival

The Carnival is an annual fundraising event and the culminating activity for SEE periods. Casady MD students were reading buddies for the pre-K, first, and second grade Andrew Johnson classes this year. Students modeled good reading skills and played sight word games with the children at the elementary school. Casady students enjoy an English project to create a children's storybook with the five story elements: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Each story will also include a message such as perseverance, honesty, sharing, anti-bullying, etc. Storybooks will be donated to the classroom libraries at Andrew Johnson Elementary after evaluation by the seventh grade English teacher.

From Mrs. Omelia's Emial,

A special thank you to everyone for your contributions to the Andrew Johnson fundraising carnival.  The students engaged appropriately and did an excellent job organizing and running their respective booths. 

Adults, everyone was positive and helpful at the carnival. Your efforts allowed everything to go smoothly. Thank you for generously giving of your time, energy,  to a very worthwhile cause in our local community.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SEE Period hosts Carnival Booths at Andrew Johnson Elementary, 2/2/2018

The Andrew Johnson Carnival overview is as follows:

2:30-3:30 Seventh graders make preparations for two-game booths/advisory

3:35-4:15 Arrive at AJE, set-up booths, eat a quick pizza dinner prior to Carnival

4:15-6:30 Casady seventh graders organize and run their respective booths
6:30 clean-up and depart AJE for Casady MD

6:45 parents pick up students in carpool at MD.

Each seventh-grade advisory planned, organized and operated two booths at the Andrew Johnson Elementary School.