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.
To ensure a t-shirt and transportation to the site, all participants must register by Wednesday, Feb. 25th. Register online by clicking on the link below!
8:45 AM - 12:00 PM: morning volunteer session
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: free lunch for volunteers and 5th anniversary celebration
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: afternoon volunteer session
As of 10 days before the event, more than 175 students had signed up to participate in Drover Difference Day. Projects include:
Animal Shelter – Students will be helping clean, feed, walk, and play with the dogs. Their shelter is full with approximately 70 dogs and there are also cats.
Grady County Historical Society – They will be marking and inventorying 22 to 24 panels of barbed wire, recording labeling on each so that new labels can be made, comparing duplicate panels in preparation for 2017 Chisholm Trail 150th Anniversary display, cleaning and polishing a vintage cook stove, and additional activities.
Chickasha Area Arts Council – They will be cleaning the sculpture at the Rock Island Train Depot
Ross Health Care – They will be doing yard work, clean up, etc. at 2 different patients homes.
The Salvation Army – They will be painting inside the building, doing lawn projects, organizing the food pantry, washing windows, general cleaning, organizing craft/supply closet, and helping paint the youth room.
Women’s Service and Family Resource Center – They will be helping with miscellaneous yard work.
Lincoln Elementary – They will be tutoring/reading to students, helping with the play-activities with the P.E. students, and working in the flower garden getting it ready for Spring.
YMCA- Spreading mulch/woodchips in flower beds, organizing closets and cleaning.
Grady Memorial Hospital- They will be painting the loading dock area and painting curbs on fire lanes and painting handicap ramps.
Additionally, 54 people have signed up for Read Across America, which takes place on Monday, March 2. For that event students will go 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, and 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: