Drover Difference Day

Drover Difference Day

8:45 AM Mar 04, 2016 | Chickasha Community

Join us in this year's Drover Difference Day where students, faculty and staff will spend the day volunteering throughout Chickasha in conjunction with various community organizations. In the past, these have included Ross Health Care, Chickasha Police Department, City of Chickasha, Resurrection House, YMCA, Grady County Historical Society, and more.


8:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.:    morning volunteer session
12 - 1 p.m.:    free lunch for volunteers and 6th anniversary celebration
1 - 4 p.m.:      afternoon volunteer session


Name: Intervention & Crisis Advocacy Network (ICAN!)
Address: Corner of 17th and Alabama
Time: All day
Project: Sort clothes to determine items to keep and items to rebag for further donations. One house needs interior painting, one house needs external painting, and the garage needs external painting. Need landscape work done by trimming bushes and removing vines from an exterior wall.

Name: Chickasha Police Department
Address: 101 N 6th St
Time: All day
Project: Mass clean the old police department

Name: Chickasha Police Department/Neighborhood Services Division
Address: 203 N Genevieve
Time: All day
Projects: Deep cleaning and organization at the Animal Shelter. May require vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, dusting, etc as well as cleaning outside, cleaning window, moving portable kennels to clean under and behind. May also assist with the walking of dogs. Clean windows on a ladder as high as we can. 

Name: Chickasha Public Library
Address: 527 W Iowa
Time: All day
Project: Spray paint 200 bookends.

Name: Art of Encouragement
Address: Cafeteria
Time: All day (on campus)
Project: Sign Christmas cards for veterans.

Name: Shanoan Springs N&R
Address: 2500 S 12th St
Time: All day
Projects: Assist with Bingo and nail pamper. Bingo is 10-11am

Name: Oklahoma School for the Deaf/Jane Brooks School for the Deaf
Address: Canning Hall
Time: All day
Project: Moving classroom furniture

Name: Chickasha Police Department/Neighborhood Services Division
Address: 2001 W Iowa
Time: All day
Project: Assis with proper accounting of who all in the city has dumpsters. Every street and some alleys have to be driven taking SPECIFIC note of the exact location of every dumpster and potentially taking a photograph at the same time.

Name: Lincoln Elementary
Address: 103 W Dakota
Time: All day
Project: Help paint the playground equipment and possibly a 4-square area. Also, working in the garden area.

Name: Grady County Museum
Address: 415 W Chickasha Ave.
Time: All day
Projects: Assist in sorting and inventorying new items including USDA slides and photos of Grady County. Cover and organize garments. Sorting, organizing, and checking inventory of hat collection. Organizing and shelving items on second floor. Assisting with displays.

Name: Salvation Army
Address: 227 N 4th St
Time: All day
Projects: Plant plants and yard work. Take down wooden shelving and replace with metal shelves in food pantry and restock. Organize 2 closets and put shelf up in 1. Paint inside building and maybe other small task. Draw a mural in a classroom.

Name: Grady Memorial Hospital
Address: 2220 W Iowa Ave
Time: All day
Projects: Paint parking lot stripes, handicapped ramps, and fencing and loading dock areas (weather permitting). If not, paint door jambs inside hospital.


Name: Washita Valley Community Action Head Start/Early Head Start
Address: 1304 S 6th St
Time: Morning
Project: Some landscaping around the front entrances of both Centers. They have some garden boxes that students could work with their students to plant some flowers or herbs.

Name: Ross Health Care
Address: 720 Tennessee
Time: Morning
Project: Yard work

Name: Dr. Osborn’s class – Shannon Springs
Address: Shannon Springs Park
Time: 1 hour in morning
Project: Pick up trash as a class.

Name: Resurrection House
Address: 701 Colorado
Time: Morning
Project: Decorate and furnish Life Skills Institute


Name: Chickasha Police Department
Address: 2001 W Iowa
Time: Afternoon
Project: Paint the small bicycle storage building and paint Chickasha PD Patch on the side.

Name: Southwest Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Address: 198 E Almar Dr
Time: Afternoon
Project: Spring Cleaning – Cleaning out 2 storm cellars, raking leaves, trimming bushes and shrubs, and dragging limbs to the curb.

Name: Ross
Address: 909 Idaho
Time: Afternoon
Project: Yard work. Scrape and paint around windows

Name: Grace Living Center
Address: 2300 W Iowa
Time: 2:30-4:00
Project: Apply lotion to residents hands and paint their nails.

Name: Chickasha Public School Foundation
Address: 1301 S 7th St
Time: Afternoon
Project: Moving and setting up Classroom Closet. Stock shelves and move boxes

Name: YMCA
Address: 725 W Chickasha
Time: Afternoon
Project: Clean up around YMCA and prep garden. Mulch front areas. Organize closets. Clean stage. Help with afterschool care.

Additionally, 54 people signed up for Read Across America, which took place March 2. For that event students went into elementary schools around Chickasha and read to students in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.

On March 13, students will participate in Colonial Day at Lincoln Elementary. The women's basketball team, as well as other students, will set up "stations," such as quill writing, a colonial dig, making ho cakes and soldiering. Both Read Across America and Colonial Day are considered part of Drover Difference Day.

The week of Drover Difference Day (March 2nd-March 6th), there will be a table set up in the cafeteria so students can help sign Christmas cards for veterans as part of Art of Encouragement, a foundation that was started by one of an USAO alumna, Ashley (Hyde) Fuhr.

For the fifth anniversary kick off breakfast we are going to be having Mayor Hank Ross, Dr. Feaver and Sara Gibbs speak about the event. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and there will be a group picture at 8:45 a.m. and then people will leave to go to their sites at 8:50. The city council, Board of Regents and foundation members have been invited, along with everyone participating in Drover Difference Day.

Lunch will be held in Dusty’s and will be donated by different food vendors, including Interurban, Temazcal, Chicken Express, Massios, A&E, and Paradise Donuts. First National Bank is donating cases of water.

Below is a video about Drover Difference Day, what it's all about and why we participate in it every year:


Last year was a record-breaking Drover Difference Day. Take a look at the difference our Drovers made last year in Chickasha: