Feb 4, 2015--“A Rocky Road to Equity in Education: Integration in Oklahoma,” guest speaker Dr. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander 12:15-1:20pm. Gary Hall Lounge. Everyone is welcome.
Care Bear Project: When we think of children we think of carefree days, playing soccer/basketball/football/volley ball; riding bikes, playing with toys, swimming, going to the movies, and birthday parties. We think of going to school and playing with friends. We think of just plain having fun. But thousands of children in Syrian refugee camps are hungry, scared, and feeling hopeless. Many have seen one or both of their parents killed, as well as other friends and relatives. Hind Kabawat, the Syrian Peace Activist, who spoke last might in the Ballroom shared an inspiring, heart wrenching evening. Hind shared a story how just a small stuffed animal can light up the face of a child who has no toys. Some of our students, Beth Pierce and Torri Rillema along with SNEA/KDP are spearheading “The Care Bear Project,” a project to help children. So we are having a “small stuffed animal” drive. What is small? Around 5-6 inches or smaller. (No stuffed pigs please!) We need them by February 23rd, as we are trying to get them to Hind by March 1st for her next trip a few days later to Syria. We will have boxes in 206 Gary Hall, Math/Science/PE Office Austin 210, the Business Office (220Troutt Hall), Social Science & Business/Arts & Humanities Office (Davis 116), and Nash Library. The animals don’t have to be new they just need to be in good shape. They don’t have to be fancy, animals from the dollar stores are fine. We will also need several light weight old suitcases, so if you have one contact Dr. Mather (574-1291). The point is to show these children that there are those who care about them and wish to comfort them. Other organizations are dealing with health and food issues, unfortunately not on a large enough scale. We have a chance to make a difference in the psychological well-being of a child. We can give them hope. Please help us out. Spread the word to your local churches, friends, and service organizations, and donate a stuffed animal.
Do you like Dr. Seuss? Do children like Dr. Seuss? The overwhelming answer is yes! On March 2nd we will be helping to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday as part of Read across America. We will be reading to PK-1st graders at Bill Wallace Early Childhood Center and 2nd-4th graders at Grand. If you would be willing to read for just 20-30 minutes to a class (yes, the teacher will be there for those of you who fear small children) just let me know what time(s) work best for you. You can sign up for a shift anytime during the day starting from 8:50a.m. through 2:45p.m. (the latter is a start time). This is open to students, faculty, staff, and townspeople. This will be part of the Drover Difference project, although all other activities related to that will be on Friday March 6th. Being a part of Drover Difference means you can have a Drover Difference t-shirt. So if you are interested in the shirt as well as reading, let me know the size for your t-shirt. Hope you can join us for the seussebration