Casady’s Service Learning Program continues the School’s mission to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in students, and through Service Learning, it empowers them to realize their potential to make a difference in the community. Service is a path to peace and joy. Casady’s Director of Service Learning and her office are resources to encourage students, faculty, parents, and staff to explore volunteer experiences. “Like a pebble, each small act of service could collectively add to a path to peace.”  Shinnyo-en Foundation, Infinite Paths to Peace
The 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, Special Care, 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. Middle Division seeks to empower students for Upper Division servant leadership, a portrait of service and integrity.
More  information about the Casady Community Service Learning Program at

MD International Club screening of "Girl Rising"
Proceeds sent a girl to sister school Bishop McAllister College
in the school year 2015-2016 

The Rev. Canon Paul Jeffries, Headmaster of Bishop McAllister College and School in Bushenyi-Kyogyera, Uganda, spoke Monday, 3/2/103 in Middle and Upper Division Chapels. The Middle Division Chapel and International clubs organize bake sales to raise funds to support the tuition of six students at the Uganda school. Canon Jeffries shared stories from his school and sent greetings from those students who benefit from Casady's Middle Division project. He is pictured with members of Casady's Chapel and International clubs, who are holding photos and letters from the six students at Bishop McAllister School. Casady students will make care packages with letters, photos, and school supplies to share with their new friends in Uganda.

GI Appreciation letters on Hug a GI Week from the 7th grade, Ms. Cherylynn  O'Melia's English class

 Grade seven students finished their GI appreciation letters. Letters were given to Blue Star Mothers of Edmond to be placed in care packages for soldiers overseas. Additionally, some letters were written to Veterans and will be distributed at Veterans' nursing homes.

Humane Society board of grade 7 persuasive essays for the Valentine adoption event.

Students were assigned a friendly letter review assignment for March 4, National Hug A GI Day.  The letters were given to Blue Star Mothers of Edmond. Each letter went in a care package for current service men, and former Veterans in the Veterans' Nursing Home. 

Seventh Grade English Service-Learning

The students are working on a literature service learning writing assignment.  The writing assignment is "A Tribute to Khamba", or persuasive essays written for the Humane Society.  The organization will post the essays around various local shelters to encourage visitors to adopt an animal. Khamba was the dog in our current autobiography that died of starvation. Students are reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind . This is a cross-curricular unit with science.

The display case in the MD second floor has grade seven stories read as two separate service learning activities. Students learned the elements of a story, and wrote an original children's story with a moral/lesson. Grade seven students read their original stories to Casady Aftercare children, and to the seniors at Quail Creek Nursing Center.

Dear Grade Eight Families,
Grade eight students enjoyed their community service SEE period. The children played various sports with the YMCA Aftercare students.  Children modeled good sportsmanship and sharing to the younger students.  Mrs. Huber taught the art lesson. Students looked at the collages of abstract artists Wassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso. Children created collages and were given the option of giving their abstracts a Valentine's inspired theme.
Please click the link below to look at some photos taken by Mr. Gerard.

 Grade Eight Teachers
Dear Grade Seven Families,
Grade seven students enjoyed their community service SEE period. The children read their English storybooks to seniors at Quail Creek Nursing Center. The residents were thrilled to hear the seventh grade original stories, which had a moral or appropriate theme.  The children and adults enjoyed cookies and milk together also. Many students have established friendships with the senior citizens.  Please click the link below to look at some photos taken by Ms. Titus.

Grade Seven Teachers


SEE Periods – A Time of Community Service and Fun Serving Others
                                                     Grades Seven and Eight, 2014-2015

                                            SEE Periods coordinated by Cherylynn O’Melia
                                            SEE Period Grade 8 Photographer: Gabe Gerard
                                            SEE Period Grade 7 Photographer: Briana Titus

The seventh grade literature theme is “Community and Relationships” which translates well into community service extension activities.  These activities promote an attitude of excellence in service, confidence, and integrity across the grade level. Children learn the value of acts of kindness and generosity to those less fortunate. 

Grade seven students began the year by reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.  In this novel the protagonist performs community service volunteer hours.  As an extension of the literature, each student is required to do a volunteer activity of their choice, and write an essay about their experiences. The following is a list of some of the organizations where students serve: Casady Aftercare, churches, Food Bank, hospitals, Humane Society, libraries, nursing homes, and parks. 

Throughout the year, seventh graders also write thank you letters to veterans at the Veterans’ Home in connection with Blue Star Mothers of Edmond, and persuasive essays advocating animal adoption, which are posted at the Humane Society. Original storybooks are also created, complete with colorful illustrations in conjunction with a grammar lesson about the elements of a story. Students share their storybooks with Casady Aftercare and the elderly at Quail Creek Nursing Center.

Middle Division, grades seven and eight have enjoyed serving two organizations within the greater Oklahoma City community: Quail Creek Nursing Center and the YMCA Aftercare Program. Grade seven and eight children play Bingo, draw pictures with the seniors, and read their original storybooks at the nursing center. Grade seven students also paraded through the hallways, and visited residents’ rooms in Halloween costumes on October 31.  The residents are delighted to play games and draw pictures with the students.  Relationships have blossomed; one senior calls Ms. O’Melia after each community service event to express her delight and appreciation for the visits. The resident is overjoyed about not being forgotten.  Students continue to bless the residents through their smiles, laughter, and stories. 

The YMCA Aftercare Program revolves around sports and art activity choices.  Middle Division students are mentors and role models for elementary age students, grades K-5.  Students play parachute games,kickball, soccer, football, softball, and enjoy swimming in the pool together. Some students choose to help with the art activities too. The Middle Division has an outdoor party planned as a culminating YMCA event on April 17. Grade seven and eight advisories will plan and lead a game, activity, or craft for the event. Food will also be served.

Mrs. Omelia's Class: National Hug A GI Day

Grade seven students also wrote soldier appreciation essays which were sent with care packages by the Blue Star Mothers of Edmond chapter. This community service outreach essay assignment for March 4 "National Hug A GI Day". 

Friday's SEE Period at Nichols Hills Elementary

We enjoyed the classroom visits very much.  All the primary teachers and students were most cordial and responsive to the storybook sharing time.  The seventh graders came back to Casady very excited about their experiences! We appreciate the opportunity to visit your school and read to your youngsters.  Mrs. O'Melia

Thank you for coming to read to my students!  I hope that all went well.  I had to leave the building to return our writing tests, so I apologize for not staying with you.  Kim Iraggi

Pictures of the visit  by Mrs. Briana Titus @ 

Quail Creek Nursing Center - 7th Grade Community Experience

Students enjoyed visiting residents and reading them their story books.  Residents were delighted to have young visitors.   Grade 7th students created a "Wordle" with adjectives about their experience.  Mrs. Omelia

Slide Show at  Pictures by Ms. Briana Titus.  Pictures from our SEE Period trip to Quail Creek Nursing Center. The seventh grade students read the storybooks they created for Ms. O'Melia's English class to some of the people living in the center. Both the students and their listeners were moved to tears at times and a number of our kids would like to go back on their own time, Ms. Titus.

The Volunteer Assignment

In The Giver Jonas and the other Twelves are required to do volunteer hours prior to The Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas and his classmates volunteer at The House of the Old, The Recreation Center, The Nurturing Center, The Childcare Center, and other places to discover their aptitudes and interests. Your assignment is to volunteer too. You may choose where, when, and in what way you wish to volunteer in the community. Here are some ideas:



Nursing Home Activities:
• sing, do a skit with a friend, do a puppet show, visit with an elderly person from your church
• bake something for an elderly neighbor or relative in a home
• make a card or cards and pass out to residents

Elderly in Community:
• do yard work or clean for an elderly relative or neighbor
• bake something for a lonely older neighbor or relative
• make a card or cards and give to elderly

Volunteer at Church:
 • help with games
• help with snacks
• help with passing out papers and lessons 

Volunteer at a Food Bank:

• Stuff grocery bags
• Organize shelves
• Do whatever tasks are needed
You may also use your own volunteer ideas if desired.

Type a five paragraph essay with a clear three point thesis about your experiences. You must have photo attached!

Organization and # of hrs. worked: __________________________________________
Signature of parent or supervisor: __________________________________________

K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice

Meaningful Service
Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.
Link to Curriculum
Service-learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.
Service-learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.
Service-learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.
Youth Voice
Service-learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning experiences with guidance from adults.
Service-learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.
Progress Monitoring
Service-learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.
Duration and Intensity
Service-learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes

Daniel S.

English 7, Green

November 10, 2013

Volunteering is a nice way to use your time.
A volunteer can bring a smile to someone’s face or enable him or her to live another day. I helped a nonprofit military support group called the Blue Star Mothers of America, Chapter eight, Edmond/ North OKC. During my volunteer experience I filled Christmas stockings, packed care packages, and learned about our military troops.

The first thing I did when I arrived was put candy and gum in Christmas stockings. Most of the candies were things like Skittles or Orbit gum, but there were more exotic pieces like Napoleons, little round sour hard candies. All of the stockings were homemade using tawdry pieces of holiday cloth. The unassuming treats we packed will help prevent the ravages of flavorless MREs.

The next thing I did was help pack care packages to be mailed to deployed troops. The Blue Star Mothers prepare boxes with food and personal items that will give energy and motivation to haggard soldiers so they can parry enemy attacks better. Sending care packages helps to convey our thanks for the danger they endure. To some, packing boxes to help soldiers is the acme of their day, but others find such menial labor is belittling. A problem with sending boxes, though, is that some soldiers may try to steal items in the packages. These people do not waver in their predatory ways to get more treats.

Lastly, I learned about our military troops. One of the mothers talked about her deployed son. She showed another volunteer a picture of her son receiving a care package. His was so happy; his stance was jaunty because this was the juncture of his day. The boxes we packed are to be sent to soldiers in Afghanistan, and the leftover goods will be given out at the Soldiers’ Day Out Christmas party. In the back of the packing room there was a poster with some of the doctrines of military life on it. They were: don’t be a turncoat, don’t wallow in defeat, and possess the attribute to excise the
enemy from their position.

Volunteering is a kind thing to do. It helps someone in need and adds a bit of fulfillment to your day. My volunteer experience with the Blue Star Mothers of America involved filling Christmas stocking, packing care packages, and learning about our military soldiers.

Whitney T.
V7 Essay

This weekend, my friends and I had a juncture at Isabel O’Connor’s house and made care packages that are to be delivered at the YWCA to homeless women for the holidays. The population of homeless people in Oklahoma is something that is often belittled and is a problem people try to parry. Caring for the homeless is a doctrine I have always believed in and never wavered about. My stance on this issue is that we are fully capable of making this issue better. The things we packed in the care packages were hotel-size shampoos and soaps, candy, hairbands, toothbrushes, and many other small essentials. While I was packing e bags, I was thinking about how I take all of these things for granted, and some of these things are exotic to the other women. Afterwards, I felt fortunate, sympathetic, and proud.

        One of the feelings I can say that everyone felt while stuffing those packages was fortunate. All of the things such as toothbrushes and soap are things we take for granted and don’t give a second thought about. When the women receive the packages filled with the small items, it will probably make part of their holiday season. They would likely accept any kind of shelter or food, no matter how menial. The lack of these supplies are ravaging the lives of some homeless people.  It really will make my friends and I think about  what we’re complaining about the next time we complain about not getting the atest phone or the  most popular shoes. We can remind ourselves that there are people who can’t afford one-tenth of what we want. Often times we are not unassuming and very conceited. While we wallow in our riches, people are suffering. If people excised a small amount of money from what they use to buy sometimes tawdy electronics and clothes, they could make a huge improvement in the lives of homeless women. It’s gotten to the point where homeless people can be predatory to stores and have to steal food and merchandise. People should be a turncoat from the others who just sit and let his problem go on.

Another feeling we felt while doing this project is sympathetic. The thought of these women alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas with no one to talk to, nothing to give or open, and nothing to eat is like a dagger to the heart.  An attribute that is found in all of these women is perseverance. Although this project brought me great joy it also brought me great sorrow. It makes me feel almost guilty when I open gifts and new things because I can’t help thinking that the money spent on something so unnecessary could have gone and bought food and clothing for those with nothing. It makes me feel sort of bad to be very jaunty during the holiday season while there is so much suffering. This project made me feel very sorry for the women, and only pushed me to want to help them more.

        As well as feeling fortunate and sympathetic, I felt proud. While I was packing the bags, I could just picture the faces of the women when they received their bags. The haggard faces were smiling and relieved. I got a warm feeling in my stomach when I looked at all the bags lined up against the wall. It made me feel good to think that I took part in something that will brighten the day of many people. I wanted to convey the message that people care and are trying to help to the women. I felt like I really accomplished something and tried to actually think and reflect about how I was helping afterwards. This project was not hard to do at all which gives no excuse for my friends and I not to do it again in the future. The kind of pride I felt was different than the kind someone feels after scoring the winning goal or winning the spelling bee. I think the pride I felt is this best pride because I was proud that  my deed didn’t just help me, it helped other people.

        This experience has affected me in many ways this holiday season. It pushed me to consider doing more volunteer work in the community without being asked. I am very glad that I got to share my experience with my friends also. The more people moved by this project, the better. This project was the acme of my weekend. My friends and I felt many things after this project, but three of the most apparent are fortunate, sympathetic, and proud.

Groups Raise Money to Support Projects
The Middle Division Houses had a Loose Change competition and raised more than $1,300 to donate to Syrian refugee families. Episcopal Relief and Development is partnering with various agencies in Syria through the Church of England in Europe, and interfaith partner Islamic Relief. Fr. Youmans led this effort in the Middle Division to educate the students about the program and to raise money for those who are struggling. Taber House was the overall winner.

Casady's Gales Pep Club raised $1,000 on the first day of a vintage clothing, uniform, and spirit wear sale this week. The Gales chose Cleats for Kids as the non-profit to support. The sale has been open each day of Homecoming week during Upper Division Activities

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