OU Alpha Tau Omega successfully hosted a “Spooky Sprint and 5K” on November 3rd to benefit CASP! Kids had a blast dressing up in costumes and running the spooky sprint. ATO also hosted a free carnival for race participants, complete with a dunk tank, sack races and games such as “boo bowling”, “balloon pop” and more. Theere was great participation in the 5K, with CASP kids and parents participating, as well as CASP alumni and members from the OU community.
CASP would lik to thank the race even sponsors, as well as William Moon and OU Alpha Tau Omega for all of the hard work given to benefit CASP!
CASP announced it will once again partner with the Afterschool Alliance and dozens of other national organizations on October 17 in organizing more than 9,000 rallies around the country in support of afterschool programs. The 14th annual Lights On Afterschool will be the largest nationwide rally for afterschool ever held.
The Community After School Program will be hosting open houses all across Norman to showcase the amazing things that they are doing on a daily basis with the children attending. This year kicks off a yearlong celebration for CASP in reaching the 40 year milestone of providing quality after school programming in Norman. Each day over 650 children attend a CASP program in Norman, where their parents can be assured their children are safe and feel loved.
“We are delighted to join the “Lights on Afterschool” initiative, to show our continued support and advocacy for quality after school programming,” said Brenda Birdsong, CASP Director of Child Services. “The unmet need for afterschool programs is enormous, and funding is tight. Too many afterschool programs have been forced to cut back hours or services, or close entirely, because of inadequate funding. With “Lights On Afterschool,” Americans are saying they want the lights on after school for our kids.”
Last year the CASP Scholarship Program provided over $45,000 in scholarships to children in the Norman community. “Our Board is committed to making sure that children in the Norman community have equal access to our programs, regardless of a family’s financial situation,” said Birdsong.
To learn more about the Afterschool Alliance Lights On Afterschool Project, visit their website HERE.
CASP Programs show their support for “Lights On Afterschool” with displays at each CASP Program!
Check out the awesome “Lightbulb Art” created by CASP Kids on display at Sooner Mall.
Liz Bergy, an Associate Professor of Biology at OU, and undergrad students Gill and Darby have put together a presentation on land snails for our CASP kids!
The presentation consists of three stations where students make observations about the snails and learn fun facts about them.
The team will be visiting all 17 of our sites, and we want to thank them in advance for donating their time!