Youth Services of Stephens County enrolled in the Save-a-Label program through Homeland in Duncan as the lastest fundraiser.
The local branch of the grocery chain donated $120 to the non-profit organization. This is in addition to the money the organization will make from the Best Choice brand, which is the house brand for Homeland. Through the program, Best Choice will pay Youth Services $30 for every 1,000 bar codes collected.
In addition to Homeland, Best Choice is also sold at Delbert’s in Comanche and Waurika. Project Chairwoman Suzy Bruner said only the bar code is needed, not the entire label. A collection box for bar codes has been placed at the Youth Services of Stephens County offices located at 16 South Seventh in Duncan.
“Our hope is that local groups will take the initiative and start collecting bar codes,” Bruner said. “The beauty of the project is that there is no cost involved. If we can get the word out and it catches on, Youth Services could get quite a bit of money to help, not only with the building of the new shelter, but with operating costs in the future.
“The project has a lot of potential.”
Youth Services is continuing to raise money to build a new shelter with hopes for a groundbreaking in coming months. The overall goal for the construction is $1.1 million. Numerous fundraisers have taken place during the past few years to raise the money before the construction kicked off to avoid putting the non-profit into debt.
“It is important for children in crisis to feel a sense of belonging,” Barbra Davis, shelter director, said. “When a community throws its support into the shelter’s improvement efforts, they get that sense of belonging.”
Youth Services of Stephens County is a United Way agency. It is the mission of Youth Services for Stephens County to strengthen the emotional health and functioning of youth, adults and families.
The youth shelter provides emergency shelter care for children; individual, group and family counseling; substance abuse assessment screening and counseling; the Community Intervention Center; life skills training for youth, parent education; First Time Offender’s Program; educational groups to address anger management; Community-At-Risk services; and other prevention and diversion services.
Youth Services predominantly serves Stephens, Jefferson and Cotton counties. The board is conducting its “Promise for Tomorrow” fund drive to build a new emergency shelter at 806 Fifth Street in Duncan.
Americans prepare to support school choice
Millions of Americans will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins on Jan. 26.
The week will include an unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states, with a goal of increasing public awareness of the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children.
National School Choice Week events will be independently-planned and independently-funded by schools, organizations, individuals and coalitions. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, school fairs, parent information sessions, movie screenings, and more.
Last monolingual Chickasaw citizen dies at 93
Emily Johnson Dickerson, a full blood Chickasaw who spoke only the Chickasaw language her entire life, died at her Ada home on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. She was 93.
Dickerson was the last monolingual Chickasaw language speaker, according to Joshua Hinson, director of the Chickasaw Nation Language Department.
Hinson, who has devoted his career to revitalization of the Chickasaw language, said today the loss of Dickerson was monumental. “I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the loss and what this means to the Chickasaw Nation,” he said.
Dickerson was one of only an estimated 70 remaining fluent speakers of the Chickasaw language.
Where is Mrs. Stephens County?
Julie Pittman, Mrs. Oklahoma 2013, recently competed at Mrs. America and won Mrs. Photogenic. Who will she crown as her successor? The search is on.
Mrs. Oklahoma is proud to announce its search for married women residing in Oklahoma who wish to receive the honor of representing their community in the 2014 State Competition. Selected applicants will receive an official title and banner and become their community’s representative.
Native American focus features works by Choctaw artist
Preparing for a temporary exhibit of works already in the vault at Chisholm Trail Heritage Center involved days of research for the staff, with curator Andy Couch overseeing the project. The exhibit features oil painting portraits and other images by the late Brunetta Bernard Griffith, of Choctaw ancestry, who died in 2006. It is part of the museum’s focus on Native American arts and history which kicked off with the new year and continues to March 14.
“It is an exciting exhibit in that not all of her works have been on display here before and the quality of the work is showcased in this exhibit,” Executive Director Stacy Cramer Moore said.
County parades provided Christmas spirit despite cold weather
Whether you attended one, none, or all three area parades Dec. 14, there may have been a few scenes you missed.
If you didn’t brave the cold, here is a glimpse into the Christmas season in Stephens County when Duncan, Marlow and Comanche celebrated with the cities’ annual parades.
Floats ranged from those featuring groups, churches, city and county figures. Of course Santa ended each parade in his jolly style.
Blood drive scheduled for Empire
Empire High School will host a blood drive conducted by the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) will from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Each donor will receive a “FEEL BOLD” T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store. Any donor who wishes to support the Global Blood Fund can forgo theT-shirt.
Western classics scripted by art history
Catch a western classic at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center as a free movie series begins this month with the 1962 John Ford film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” in the T.H. McCasland Jr. Experience Theater, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
CTHC’s Andy Couch, associate curator and programs coordinator, said the western films relate to the permanent art collection displayed in the Garis Gallery of The American West.
“John Ford was strongly influenced by western artists and painters like Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington.” Couch said.
New’s sculptures go on display
A Central High artist is getting an opportunity to show her sculptures to a wider audience.
Kathye New’s work is being displayed in the Paseo Art District in Oklahoma City, having been formerly invited by another artist. The first of three shows ended Friday, but the next show is set to begin this month at another art gallery in the Paseo Art District.
4-H youth cook-off creates champions
Fifty-six Stephens County 4-H members and 18 Cloverbuds prepared their recipes for the 30th annual Stephens County 4-H Cook Off.
Dishes were judged on taste and appearance at the event, held Nov. 4 at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center. Awards were presented to the top three in each category.
A monogrammed apron was presented to the first place winners, while second and third places received kitchen items. Cloverbuds (5-8 year olds) were given a certificate and measuring spoons.
Central High FFA generates $20,000 for chapter with student ‘labor auction’
A crowd attended the annual Central High FFA labor auction last week with More than 250 supporters of the Central High FFA program attended the annual labor auction, a fundraiser for the chapter.
The high seller for the night was chapter President Deekota Williams fetching a nice $1,200 after the bidding was stopped. Sixty-three FFA members, as well as cakes and pies were auctioned with a grand total of $20,000 being raised for the support of activities for the FFA chapter.
The FFA chapter said they appreciate the wonderful support of the community.
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