A Program of the Community Service Council    |   December 2017

Happy Holidays from the CCSS Team
Dear Partners, Friends
and Supporters,

As we enter the holiday season, we feel grateful to live in a community with amazing schools, educators, and community partners.  
Schools across the city are reaching out to partners and individuals to make sure the students in their schools have their needs met this season. 

For the past three years, SemGroup Corporation has partnered with Rosa Parks Elementary to provide coats for 100 children and adults.   Many other organizations are doing the same at other schools around the nation. We encourage you to contact your neighborhood school to see if you can help. Together, we can make a difference.

Erin Velez, School Consultant, Community Service Council
Community School Highlight: Boevers Elementary

The Center for Community School Strategies works with local schools to implement the Community School model. Boevers Elementary in East Tulsa has been doing this work for more than 10 years. Here are some of the great things happening there...

  • There are 266 students enrolled in Enrichment and Tutoring Clubs at Boevers. Cooking Club, taught by Tulsa Health Department dieticians, and Etiquette Club, taught by the school counselor, collaborated this semester with a joint culminating event held at the Tandy YMCA Cooking Kitchen, where Cooking Club prepared a healthy meal
    and Etiquette Club set the table and served the meal to parents and school staff.
  • Boevers hosted Baby Book Clubs each Tuesday in October with Community Service Council's Power of Families Project and Spot 31. Families with children under age 5 came together for story time and playtime to better understand the importance of reading and having conversations with young children. 
  • The Student Council organized a Food Drive for John 3:16 Mission. A Sunday School class from Asbury United Methodist Church adopted 26 families to provide Thanksgiving dinners and 50 students will receive gifts from the Boevers Angel Tree in December.
"We are so thankful for the partnership of wonderful and generous community partners and organizations that help us meet the needs of our students and families throughout the school year." Mindi Bisdee, Community School Coordinator, Boevers Elementary

Union Community Schools Featured in  HuffPost

On November 20, HuffPost published an
Op-Ed piece by John Thompson entitled
With Schools as Great as Tulsa Union, Who Needs to Despair?, applauding Union's use of the Community School model and other educational philosophies to ensure the success of all students.

Community School Tour for Regional Districts a Success

On November 15, the Center for Community School Strategies team  coordinated a day-long study visit at Union Public Schools for more than 40 participants representing regional school districts, including Fort Worth, Midwest City, Oklahoma City and Jenks, to understand how Union implements the Community School philosophy throughout the district. 

Info on thousands of community services is available via phone call, text message or online.
2 11 Oklahoma Launches New Search Features

This year, Community Service Council's 
211 Oklahoma  launched a new website, designed to work on any device, and built around a powerful new search engine that makes it easier than ever for users to find what they need. 

211 Oklahoma enhances access to community services as a sustainable, easy-access system for information and referral to community services. It is available to 100% of the population no matter where they live or what type of telecommunications device they use in Oklahoma. 
First Class of Promotoras Graduates from TCC

This fall, Community Service Council's Power of Families Project, part of the Center for  Community School Strategies, celebrated its first graduating class of 24 promotor/as in partnership with Tulsa Community College (TCC) and Comunidad de Esperanza.
The Power of Families Project helps to build equitable early childhood experiences through the promotora model, which has primarily been used in the healthcare arena, to support the needs of marginalized communities and promote trust of local systems and institutions.
National News

The Center for Community School Strategies is a program of the Community 
Service Council in Tulsa, Oklahoma (A United Way Partner Agency) and an affiliate partner of the National Center  for Community Schools of the Children's Aid Society, New York City.
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