The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) at the University of Oklahoma has selected CASP as it’s 2014-2015 Philanthropy!
MGC is an umbrella organization for 10 multicultural fraternity and sorority organizations at OU. Established in 2006, MGC is comprised of Greek organizations that represent American Indian interest, Asian interest, Latino interest, and Multicultural interest groups.
According to Jenny Nuñez, MGC’s current president, MGC serves two basic purposes. First, it provides a way for multicultural Greek organizations to participate in fraternity and sorority life on a grander scale than they would be able to do without a council. Second, MGC promotes multicultural awareness on OU’s campus and in the Norman community. Each MGC fraternity and sorority serves the community through their individual philanthropies. Through this service, MGC brings unity and diversity in a way that other, more mainstream organizations may not be able to do.
When Nuñez started her role as MGC president, she wanted to find a way for MGC to gain even more internal unity through an MGC-wide philanthropy. While there were plenty of nation-wide interests to become involved with, MGC felt that it would be important to serve a local community organization so that MGC members could feel and experience the impact of service.
MGC members were encouraged to nominate local causes, and through a series of votes, CASP was chosen as MGC’s 2014-2015 local philanthropy! Nuñez states that she feels that MGC members felt connected to CASP because it serves children from diverse backgrounds and it has an emphasis on education.
MGC first planned a small-scale event in the Spring of 2014 for MGC to become more acquainted with CASP. MGC members met with CASP staff to learn more about CASP. Nuñez says that this event was important because it helped make the mission and vision of CASP more of a reality for MGC members.
The second event that MGC held was a two part event. First, during the week of September 15-19, MGC held a book drive on OU’s campus to benefit CASP. Together they raised more than 300 books!
Secondly, MGC hosted an event on Thursday, September 25th, called Fall into Fall at Wilson Elementary, where CASP hosts one of it’s After School Sites. MGC wanted the event to help students experience how literacy can be part of the fun and games of everyday life. MGC facilitated a spelling bee, literacy relays, crafts, face painting and more. There was also a book walk where students won books collected during MGC’s book drive. Additionally, there was a “stroll corner” where MGC members taught elementary students dances and steps from some of their organizations’ dance routines.
Learn more about MGC HERE
See the fun that MGC and students at Wilson Elementary had at Fall into Fall!
Earth Rebirth, a local non-profit organization that seeks “to bridge the gap between economic and environmental problems” is working with CASP in it’s Garden Your Own Growth Program.
Garden Your Own Growth is one of four programs run by Earth Rebirth and it’s mission is to “work with communities to educate and encourage the necessary skills to grow, maintain and harvest organic food for consumption using the most effective gardening techniques.”
Led by Stan Khrapak, Earth Rebirth interns are putting this mission into practice by teaching CASP kids at Reagan the ins and outs of growing a garden. This week marks the 4th week of organic planting and teaching at Reagan and the kids are having blast learning just how fun gardening can be. Thank you to Earth Rebirth for teaching our CASP kids this awesome skill!
Below is a before and after picture of the project! The top picture shows the garden area before Earth Rebirth started the program. On bottom is the garden from week three. The students are planting Carrots, Kale, Lettuce, and Spinach. You can see the pea plants already growing from the planting Earth Rebirth did in week two.
Below is a picture from week two. The Earth Rebirth crew is installing the irrigation system! The students excitedgly work in the garden and transplant their pea plants from pots into the soil.
Below, the students are busy planting fall crops in week three
Members of the Earth Rebirth gardening crew assist CASP kids with seed spacing in the Reagan Garden.
Pea plants are showing remarkable growth in week three. Students are excited to dig furrows and plant more seeds. The students work together to accomplish their goals with the guidance of skilled Earth Rebirth members.
Below, students gather around the garden and get instruction on how to proceed with the planting process. Students engage each Garden Your Own Growth structured lesson with enthusiasm. Garden lessons are designed to be inclusive and experiential.
The Earth Rebirth team finalizes the installation of the irrigation system in week three. CASP leaders can now easily water the garden with a turn of a key.
To learn more about Earth Rebirth, click on the logo below to be taken to their website!
The CASP Girls On The Run participants received their Brooks tennis shoes along with some tasty snacks at their end-of-the-year party! The girls will get to keep their shoes and wear them at the 5k run later this month. We had a very successful first year of Girls On The Run and hope to continue the program next year!
CASP presented ATO with an award to recognize the outstanding service that members of ATO have given us this past year.
William Moon (pictured below) planned the first inaugural Spooky Sprint and 5K to benefit CASP this past year. Will and members of ATO did an excellent job planning and pulling off a very fun event for CASP and the community, and all proceeds went to benefit CASP! In addition to this sevice, ATO members also served as volunteers at CASP’s 40 year Anniversary Party.
CASP wants to recognize ATO members for their outstanding service to us this year and we look forward to a continued partnership!
CASP held its 40th Anniversary Celebration on March 1st, 2014. The celebration was a success, with over 300 people in attendance! The first 100 elementary aged students received a free t-shirt. Attendees ate a hot dog dinner and kids were able to enjoy two bounce houses, an obstacle course and an 18-foot slide, as well as a book walk, giant twister and a craft table.