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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.

Planning for the celebration began in fall of 2013 by a group of board members and CASP staff.  Special thanks to board members who helped plan the event and those who attended as well!

CASP also wants to thank the volunteers who helped make this celebration such a success! Volunteers from the fraternity ATO, as well as OU’s Office of Integrity, Phi Delta Alpha, and CASP all helped out by setting up, serving food, supervising the blow-up toys, and cleaning up! The event could not have been successful without the help of these volunteers, all who had great attitudes and stayed until the end to help clean up!

To see the Norman Transcript story about the event, visit: http://goo.gl/zs5VmZ

 

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Some of the volunteers from OU’s Integrity Office

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Volunteers from ATO. Thanks guys!

This past September the Community After School Program began a partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The goal of the partnership is to help increase the nutrition education and health standards at each of our 17 after school programs.  After assessing where we could make improvements, CASP and the Alliance’s Healthy Out-of-School Time Manager, Travis Humphrey, created a plan to serve healthier foods and drinks at parties and supply more water for the children and staff to consume daily while at the program.

Because of this partnership, CASP was able to apply for a grant funded by the Walmart Foundation to help achieve these goals. CASP was generously awarded $13,600 in December. This grant has helped CASP purchase healthy food items to make at parties, new cooking equipment and supplies for easy food preparation, water dispensers for each program, and to publish a CASP cookbook.

“Kids in the Kitchen: A Healthy Holiday Cookbook” was created by the CASP Be Fit Coordinators.  This resource provides a variety of kid-friendly, healthy recipes for staff to use when planning holiday parties. The cookbook contains easy-to-make recipes for each of the major holidays during the school year as well as color photographs. CASP emailed a PDF version of the cookbook to CASP parents to assist them in preparing healthy holiday snacks for home as well as their child(ren)’s parties, activities, etc. In addition, the Walmart Foundation grant allowed CASP to print 100 spiral-bound, color copies of the cookbook to give away. The response to the cookbook has been amazing! Parents have been sharing the cookbook with friends, family, work colleagues, and clients. If you would like a PDF and/or printed copy of this cookbook please email Lindsey Ellis at lindsey@caspinc.org .  FREE printed copies will be given to CASP families on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

CASP is extremely grateful for this amazing gift from the Walmart Foundation and for our partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Although we may not be able to end the childhood obesity epidemic this year or even over the next five years, we can start to change the party food culture at our schools and after school programs.  Over time, we are confident that health and nutrition education combined with practical tools like the CASP Be Fit “Kids in the Kitchen” cookbook will help change the mindsets of children and adults when it comes to foods offered to children.

Great Hours   *   Great Kids   *   Great Program

CASP is now hiring part-time talent to work with our school-age children in our after school programs.  

  • OFF WEEKENDS   
  • OFF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
  • COMPETITIVE WAGES (STARTING AT $7.75/HOUR)
  • GREAT WORK EXPERIENCE FOR EDUCATION MAJORS

Click here to apply or call  405.366.5970 ext. 203 to speak with Ashleigh for more information.

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!