Congratulations to YAC and STUCO for a good Food Drive. Zainab and Chandler were our leaders. Chandler was especially entrepreneurial getting food-4-food ruffle donations and volunteers to manpower all divisions. YAC treated Chandler to an A-Block snack of her choice Monday, November 14. Special thanks to Zainab for her vision to continue this project at Casady and for representing YAC and delivering the funding raised during the drive as well as helping sort Students Against Hunger donations at the Food Bank on November 12,2011.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, here are some quotes from faculty and directors regarding the Casady Cans Do Food Drive.
Our theme in Lower Division is “We Can Make a Difference.” Our students are proud to make a difference in our community and to be able to support our local Food Bank by collecting food during the food drive and volunteering at the Food Bank throughout the year. The UD volunteers have been wonderful. They have been fun and engaging with the students. Today Tripp, Davis and Clark were great. Tripp made a wonderful dancing can in the middle of carpool circle. Thank them for me. Mrs. France, LD
It was heartwarming to see students of all ages working collaboratively to help our Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma fight hunger and feed hope! Thank you YAC and STUCO leaders for making this project a reality in our campus. My favorite moment of the drive was the amazing can dance performed by Tripp to cheer and remind Lower Division students to bring donations! Mrs. Clay, UD
The Middle Division students were excited and proud that they reached their goal of collecting 2,500 cans for the Food Bank and the people of Oklahoma. The participation and help of the upper division students throughout the Food Drive made a big impression on our students. They are great role models. Mrs. May, MD
Propose Agenda for December 5th meeting: Casady Cans Do reflection, assessment and recommendations for next year. What is next: Relay for Life, STUCO Project: Make a Wish Foundation, SOW LOVE, MLK Day, National Volunteeer Week, Earth Day, Knitting for Soldiers, Walk the World OKC 2012???
Jessica G. has two project proposals for YAC. (Must be pre-approved by administration and STUCO). SPC Advisories-4-the community, T-shirts-4-Africa
Casady Cans Do 2011: What did we do? How can we improve it next year?
STUDENTS AGAINST HUNGER CASADY CANS DO FOOD DRIVE: YAC & STUCO THANK CYCLONES FOR HELPING FIGHT HUNGER IN OUR CITY: 5,052 cans $ $563.07. PRIMARY DIVISION: 457 CANS; LOWER DIVISION: 890 CANS; MIDDLE DIVISION: 2,566 CANS; UPPER DIVISION: 1,139 CANS AND $563.07. SATURDAY, NOV.8, FROM 1-4 CYCLONES HELPED PACK 770 CASES WITH 22, 438 MEALS DONATED BY STUDENTS AGAINST HUNGER.
-We had individuals doing different aspects of the drive. To increase YAC and STUCO ownership of the process and results, we should consider having committees with students heading them next year. This year we had the following informal committee heads: UD: Zainab, MD: Rebekah, LD: Jessica (only could attend Monday), PD: Molly B. This was of great help to Mrs. Clay!!! but we need greater YAC and STUCO involvement!
a. Posters and flyers made by YAC members: We could improve instructions and quality. Mrs. Clay took care of adds for Saturdays at the Food Bank via flyers. We need to consider having a YAC member making chapel adds BEFORE the drive to attend Saturdays@ the Food Bank. STUCO could give results during the drive like Chandler did. The idea of mentoring younger students at the Food Bank should be revisited.
a. Chapel speeches: Food Bank rep and Chandler and Zainab: Better coordination and timing for next year. b. Pushpage to parents: This year it was written by division directors, Mrs. May and Mrs. Clay. Next year, it should be done by YAC/STUCO leaders.
Letters to YAC and website news: Done by Mrs. Clay. It should be a collaborative effort between Mrs. Clay and YAC/STUCO Canned Food Drive chairs.
Statistics awareness: We did not have it this year, with the exception of 1=5 meal and $200 feeds a child for a year with the Food-4-kids program.
STUCO Tidbits @ chapel to help keep the word out: We did not have them this year.
Can costume enthusiasm: We had a sample of how it should be done by Tripp! We need to repair the costume and make a few more.
Incentives: Students donate more if there are relevant incentives. We need to have adminstrative approval of all incentives in September. Mrs. Warden is opened to a Victory Day for the winning grade; an off campus day, inmediately after the drive. She also likes the first to salad bar for the daily winning grade, but not a whole week for the overall winner.
Organization: Chairs should meet the first week of October and finalize the process. The second week of October, we should make the flyers and we might consider Halloween as the week of the drive next year. The first week of November is the last week of the drive at the Food Bank and the Food Bank had a hard time placing us on their schedule. We need to seek approval for this project now.
Who made the Cans Do Happened in 2011 and How?
a. Chandler: Scheduled STUCO and YAC volunteers, made Chapel announcements, did solicitation of gift certificates, donated a gift certificate with Liz. Manpowered UD
b. Zainab: Lobbied for canned drive to be a project. Wrote Chapel speech. Responsible for UD set-up, counting of cans and money. Represented YAC/STUCO at sorting Students Against Hunger Saturday. Zainab delivered the money collected at the UD to an official at the Food Bank Saturday.
Having to be back in class at first hour, left final counting to Mrs. Clay who also created a word document tallying all division results. This should be done in collaboration with STUCO or YAC members next year. Mrs. Clay learned a lot about the different divisions. There should also be a photography or video committee. The photo opportunities were great, but a student should be doing this, not Mrs. Clay. It will be great to have a video created by students to present for the following year.
Nicole-permissions and connection to STUCO, manpower UD collection when able.
Elizabeth-attended YAC meetings, lobbied for food-4-food incentives, manpowered UD collection , donated funding for ruffle from Whole Foods
Molly-Responsible for PD
Rebekah-Responsible for MD. Emerging leader of Casady Cans Do 2012
4. New Ideas
Christine L.: Saturday service at the Food Bank during October and November, duration of the Students Against Hunger citywide collection. PE requirement could be made-up with a visit to the Food Bank on Saturdays. Great exercise for arms!
Arjun N.: Extra out to lunch for winning grade: Not approved this year
Mrs. Clay: Mentor younger students at the Food Bank on Saturdays to increase UD participation since requirement is not motivating more people to serve on Saturdays. It should be in the afternoon to allow sleeping late on weekends.
Elizabeth: Give food-4-food to incentivate students to donate again next year. We need to start solicitations in August.
Jessica: First to salad bar for winning class on daily tally. Advisories could elect to volunteer at the Food Bank this week and during SPC days when there are only a few students on campus.