Friday, May 20, 2011

Walk the World OKC 2011, DETAILS

WHEN? Sunday, May 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Zumba. Hear beutiful Japanese songs by Michael Taishi Singleton. Walk with marathon runner,Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon commentator, fitness coach, and author, Mark Bravo. Experience a floating lantern ceremony send off officiated by Buddha Mind monastery!

WHERE? Around the Casady Lake, 9500 North Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73120.  Free walk.   Registration at Gaylord Student Center. Welcome at amphitheater. Walk around the lake. Closing Floating Lantern Ceremony @ amphitheater. Send off of lanterns in front of McClendon MD. Rainy day: Walk will take place inside MD McClendon building.  Contact person: Carmen Clay; 405-520-1325.

WHY? Raise awareness of the childhood hunger challenge and funding for the United Nations, World Food Programme, School Meals and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, kids feeding programs. Suggested donation of $10 per lap around the lake, but every penny counts.

HOW? Awareness signs around the lake and chalked statistics on the walking path. Play hunger awareness video games at the Student Center
Play Freerice and feed the hungry
Free Rice: Play & Donate Rice
US Hunger 101Learn about who is hungry in the USA  
4 Questions, Feed a Child a warm meal : Test your hunger IQ, then challenge your friends: 

Leave your thoughts in the reflective quilt at the Student Center

WHAT TO BRING? Refillable water bottles.  Wear your Six Billion Paths to Peace t-shirt, an old Walk the World T-shirt, or a Thunder t-shirt

50 calories: 1 Mile, 30 minutes pace or slower, 125 pounds 
95 calories: 1 Mile, 12 minutes pace or faster, 125 pounds
Walking Calories Calculator:

One Lap: 1/2 Mile ($5)                                 Two Laps: One Mile = 1.609344 Km ($10)    
Six Laps: 3 Miles, 3. 7 Km ($15)                 Ten Laps: 5 Miles, 6.2 Km ($100)

WHO ORGANIZES IT? YOUTH: Jasmine from the Casady UD YAC, MD International Club Presidents, Jessica and Christine, ADULTS: Casady Service-Learning-Carmen-in collaboration with the United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma Bill- , the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma -Lisa-, the Japan America Society -Michael: Singer of Japanese songs-, and the Buddha Mind Monastery

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YAC’s goal is to feed as many children as possible in Oklahoma and around the world for a year.  $275 will feed two children for a year.  In Oklahoma, $200 will feed one Oklahoma child Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma weekend food backpacks for a school year.  $75 will fee a child for a year through the United Nations World Food Programme(WFP), School meals.  Every penny counts.  Twenty five cents will feed a child for a day with the WFP, School Meals. $1 buys seven meals with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  Please consider  sending donations to Teens-4-Ending Child Hunger, Casady School, 9500 North Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73120.  Make checks payable to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Kids Feeding Programs/WtWOKC 2011 or Friends of the United Nations, World Food Programme, School Meals/WtWOKC 2011.

Restaurant Donations:

Eat Ice Cream at Cherry Berry in North Park Mall on Thursday, June 2

Eat at Johnnies. Tell the cashier "Walk the World" before you order. Johnnies will donate a percentage of your bill to WtW OKC 2011, today and tomorrow, Monday, May 30. Locations: 2652 W. Britton Rd, 33 E 33rd Street, 20 W Danforth, 13900 N May Ave.  Thank to all who ate at Johnnies Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Thank you to all who ate at TACO CABANA last Thursday.  We receive $20 for WfP, School Meals.  

Individuals and Organizations Donations
WfP School Meals Donations
$100.00 United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma
Checks will be sent to WFP USA, Attn: Outreach -Walk the World,
1819 L St. NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20036

Regional Food Bank, School Meals Donations
$100.00 The Clay Family
Checks will be delivered to Lisa Perry, Development Director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Food-4-Kids Program

What is the worldwide "END HUNGER WALK THE WORLD"?  Is an annual event to raise money and awareness for the U.N. World Food Program’s efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. The Walk was inspired by the millions of poor children around the world who walk several kilometres to school every day – often hungry and barefoot – determined to get an education and improve their future.
Watch video | Walk the World

For more information, please contact WFP USA volunteer Ron Mayer at or WFP USA volunteer Jim Schmidt at


WeFeedback | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

WeFeedback | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

History of Walk the World worldwide and the Casady Walk the World OKC

"End Hunger: Walk the World" is an annual event to raise money and awareness for WFP’s efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. The Walk is a joint effort of WFP and its corporate partners, led by TNT, Unilever and DSM. Employees from these companies walk with WFP staff and beneficiaries, celebrities and VIPs as well as government and NGO partners to show their solidarity in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The walk is a 24-hour relay with participants in each of the world's time zones walking five kilometres. It begins in Auckland, New Zealand and finishes in Samoa. Since its inception in 2003, Walk the World has grown to become a global event, bringing together over 2 million participants and raising millions of US dollars to feed poor children in school.

From its inception in 2005, the Walk the World OKC has been a grassroots, youth-led walk founded by Casady freshman, Leann Farha'08. Leann facilitated walks from 2005-2008 raising $27,000 in collaboration with the Casady YAC, members of the Class of 2008, the Casady Alumni Association, Casady parents and matching funding Okland Oil company.

The Walk the World OKC 2009 was led by freshmen, Graham B. and Richard C. in collaboration with the Casady YAC and members of the Class of 2012. Walk the World OKC2009 raised $2,000 with 25 walkers for WFP and the Food Bank. Walk the World OKC 2010 was led by seniors, Josh O. and Sarah C. Freshman, Shiva B, worked behind the scenes. The goal of the walk was to feed at least 3 children for a year, at $50 per child, and get 10 members of the Casady community to walk. The goal was small because the Casady community just finished raising $20,000 to provide a well for clean drinking water for a village in Ethiopia through Charity Water.

"End Hunger: Walk the World OKC 2010" took place on Sunday June 6th around the perimeter of the state Capitol. 30 people walked and raised awareness of local and global childhood hunger. The Oklahoma Walk joined walks around 24 times zones that last year had 360,000 people walking in 210 locations, raising enough money to provide school meals for one year to more than 20 thousand children in the world's poorest countries. The small 2010 Oklahoma walk raised $750.  $505 for the United Nations World Food Programme and $245 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Food-4-Kids Program. This result did not count donations made directly to the organizations via check, online or by virtual Oklahoma walkers. The 2010 Walk the World OKC reached out to the Oklahoma City community and the United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma participated in collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Respect Diversity Foundation, the Peace House, Mercy School, Heritage Hall and Casady Alumni Associations, Putnam City North CAST and a few Rose Creek residents.

Donations BY CHECK,  were payable to the UN World Food Programme and send to: UN World Food Programme, Private Sector Fundraising
Via Cesare Giulio Viola 68/70
Parco dei Medici
00148 Rome, Italy(...This requires a 98 cent postage stamp)


Friends of the World Food Program.
Donated via Cash, Check or Money Order. Make checks payable to Friends of WFP. Checks can be mailed to the following address: Friends of WFP

Attn: Development Department
1819 L St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

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Thank you to the Casady YAC youth who led the walk, Joshua. Also thank you to two 9th graders, Shiva from Casady and Kolin from Rose Creek for helping set-up for the walk. Both 9th graders were also the top youth donors of the walk. Special thanks to marathon runner, Mark Bravo, for an inspirational welcoming speech and Zumba OKC, Kimberly and Jose Munoz, for a fun way to start the walkers'journey. Also thank you to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Lisa Perry and United Nations of Greater Oklahoma, Bill Bryant for keeping track of the donations for their organizations. Special thanks to Angie Gaines from the Food Bank for helping the OKC Walk with the brochure and Peace House, Nathaniel Batchelder for helping us secure the Capitol location.

Walk the World Celebration 2010, Ice Cream Social:
Bill, Zena and her two children, Joan, Carmen, Lisa and a former Casady student friend of Lisa's attended the Father's Day ice cream social.  We congratulated Joan for winning the YWCA award, at the Purple Sash Gala the evening before. We also sung H-B day to Lisa!!!

We discussed:  Expand partnerships to as many people as are willing to organize, walk, and fundraise. The Council of Churches is interested in becoming a partner. Bill will provide the necessary information. He will also talk to his organization's board.

The United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma is considering taking the main leadership role of Walk the World 2011. The website is operational and people can register easily and do online contributions easily. Carmen Clay will still play a major role in partnership with Casady Service-Learning. We will see what type of commitment the Casady YAC will want to provide once the school year starts. The week of the US walk is the week before finals and the worldwide walk is on Memorial Day next year.

Food Bank, Mercy School, Respect Diversity Foundation and Casady Service-Learning are on board. We hope Casady YAC Youth will also be on board as well as teens and children from other schools like Deer Creek and Mercy. We will not know this until school starts in September. The big problem for next year is the date of the walk because for Casady Students is during finals week, Memorial Weekend or during our graduation Saturday. The social ended at 4:00 p.m.


Casady's NAIS Challenge 20/20 was a roller coaster ride, worth the price of admission, of youth voice, choice, and process from its inception. Casady Upper Division students have concentrated in helping two millennium goals of the United Nations: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger and insure environmental sustainability. As senior leaders graduate, emerging freshman leadership takes over the projects and direct the mission through innovative paths.

Our Challenge 20/20 exploration started when Andrew Griffin’07 was a freshman. His idea was to import children’s art from remote villages, sell it and use the proceeds to meet educational needs of underserved children around the world. NAIS paired Andrew with Bishop McAllister College in Uganda and a museum youth board in Ollantaytambo, Peru because we had teachers at Casady with direct connections to those countries. The relationship with the Ugandan school was short, but the high school’s Headmaster has visited Oklahoma City and the Casady campus several times. Our community has supported his school’s needs for several years. In June, 2011, Casady students visited Bishop McAllister College for the first time with a video-reflection service-learning project .

Andrew’s search for an Oklahoma City partner culminated with World Neighbors (WN) . Andrew discovered that a relative of his was the founder of WN. Researching WN, Andrew found, WorldFest, WN's yearly fundraiser. WorldFest sells imported goods from villages with proceeds supporting projects in those villages. This made WN a perfect Challenge 20/20 project partner for Andrew. Andrew became a founding member of the WN Youth Board. In the two years that Andrew led the Board, the Youth Board raised $20,000. Casady students still participate in World Neighbors WorldFest activities.

Walk the World Connections to NAIS Challenge 20/20
Andrew found fertile ground for his vision of erradicating poverty and hunger with creative solutions in two caring students, Leann Farha’08 (founder of Walk the World OKC) and Ankita Prasad’08 (Founder of Casady Cans Do and Walk the World connections to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma). Lean took the leadership of the global hunger fighting component.  Ankita led the local ending childhood hunger initiative.

Leann took the lead to end childhood hunger when she organized the first grassroots Walk the World OKC’05 benefiting the United Nations World Food Programme, School Feeding. She was a United Nations World Food Programme guest at the Walk the World 2005 debriefing in Rome, Italy. Upon her return from Italy, Leann led Walk the World OKC’2006-2008 raising $27,000. Leann’s efforts led to an increased number of walkers every year. She was also an active WN Youth Council member. Leann stated that four years with the project enabled her to overcome insecurities and transformed a shy girl, terrified of public speaking into a confident leader, an effective communicator, and organizer. In a brief reflection of her four years with WtW, Leann stated, “I received more than I gave fighting to eradicate childhood hunger.”

Our NAIS Challenge 20/20 relationship with the museum youth board in Peru started very simply with their bilingual exposure to the book High Noon, 20 global challenges and 20 years to solve them. The museum’s youth board sought collaboration with a local elementary school of Ollantaytambo, Peru. The Youth Board and Manco Inca Elementary School hosted a Walk the World,Ollantaytambo’06. The connection with the Youth Board ended when the sponsor left since he was the facilitator of the emerging Internet in Ollantaytambo, Peru.

Manco Inca Elementary School became our Global Service-Learning Education partner after the walk. In June 2008, the first group of Casady Service-learning students arrived in Ollantaytambo. World Leadership School was our travel service learning facilitator  and our Challenge 20/20 Global Warming Group wrote a grant to Facing the Future, /, that empowered the group to take a digital camera and a printer for the elementary school to document their efforts on climate change and recycling. In June 2009, the second group from Casady School arrived in Ollantaytambo to continue making the dream of the Children of Ollantaytambo a reality. In total, fifteen Casady students and three faculty members traveled to Peru to participate in a combined service, language immersion, and homestay experience managed by World Leadership School and implementing a service project provided by the Peruvian non-profit, Ania, Land of Children, . In collaboration with other independent schools such as Lakeside of Seattle (in its 8th year in Ollantaytambo) and Groton School of Boston, Casady students transformed a pile of rubble into an ecological playground –“LAND OF CHILDREN”- designed and maintained by the children of Manco Inca Elementary School.  The children with guidance from US teens have also developed a recycling program for their school and are now expanding the program to their homes and town. . The teens from the United States have gained knowledge of the Quechua language, enhanced understanding of fair trade practices, and an appreciation of a slow pace of life that reverances nature.
In June 2009, Casady students presented their experience in Ollantaytambo at the Second International Service-Learning Conference in Teacher Education in Galway, Ireland. Casady students hope to promote the creation of a trilingual picture book of the Ollantaytambo, Land of Children experience in collaboration with the non-profit, What Kids Can Do,, and In Our Village: The faculty leader of the second Ollantaytambo trip, Kari Bornhoft, stated, “When asked to take a group of students to Peru, I had mixed emotions. I would have the chance to see one of the great wonders of the world (Machu Picchu), to experience another Latin culture, to spend time with a group of students in a way no other educator can in normal conditions… The two weeks I spent in Peru were exhausting. It was an incredible learning experience for both the students and faculty. We grew as a team and did equally as individuals. All of us had our highs and lows and as we were stretched found our capabilities mentally, physically, and emotionally.”  The Casady Summer Service-Learning program remained dormant in 2010 and 2011. We hope to resume our work in the summer of 2012

Leann's Walk the World OKC continued in June 2009 when a group of freshmen boys led by Graham Bennett’12 and Richard Clements'12 took the leadership of the project and had 25 walkers around the Casady Lake and raised $2,000. In June 2010, 8th grader, Shiva Bhupathiraju'14 helped by YAC members Josh Ou'11 and Sarah Cox'10 facilitated the Walk the World 2010 around the State Capitol. The Walk had 20 walkers and raised $ 600 for the United Nations World Food Programme and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Food-4-Kids Program. The walk also promoted ZUMBA as an alternative way to be active and have fun. On May 29, 2011, a freshmen member of YAC, Jashmine Shoureh'14 and 8th grader, Catherine Claire Christie'15 facilitated Walk the World OKC2011 in collaboration with the Food Bank,the United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma, the Respect Diversity Foundation and the Middle Division International Club. Before the walk, Jasmine facilitated YAC's first Global Youth Service Day at the Food Bank where she promoted the walk. Jasmine motivated people to learn about the UN World Food Programme and child feeding programs at the Food Bank through video games. Catherine Claire and Jessica Greene, 8th grade International Club Presidents promoted the walk in the middle School and raised $100 for WfP and the Food Bank through baked good sales. 50 people participated in the Walk which took place on Memorial Weekend around the Casady Lake. $ 900 were raised as of June 19, 2001 with proceeds from restaurants and Casady's International Club pending to be tabulated.

Walk the World OKC connections to NAIS Challenge 20/20 and Climate Change initiative
The Challenge 20/20 local initiative to erradicate poverty and hunger was headed by Ankita Prasad’08, who during her freshman year wore a “can costume” to motivate lower division students to donate for our canned food drive. The costume was a legacy from a service-learning project headed by Dana Rowland'04. As Ankita led the NAIS initiative at Casady with the focus on helping the millennium goal of eradicating extreme povertyand as she learned about global issues of poverty and the problems with inconsistent communication with our partners international schools, she realized that perhaps the best focus was the creation of LOCAL global issues youth councils following the guidelines for Global Issues Networks described in the book High Noon, 20 global problems and 20 years to solve them. She promoted the idea with our partners in Uganda and Peru without success. Ankita attended the NAIS Challenge 20/20 leaders’ conference in Boston and became a member of the Students against Hunger Youth Board at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and of the World Neighbors Youth Board. She was also a “priceless” summer intern at World Neighbors and she became the preferred youth advisor when organizations explored youth board possibilities for their institutions. The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Oklahoma requested helped with the formation of their youth board. In 2010, Rebuilding Together created a Youth Board and in 2011, a Casady junior, Claire Vick is helping create the first Lawyers for Children Youth Board.  Oklahoma City now has many advocacy and fundraising  youth boards.

As the leader of Challenge 20/20 for local solutions, Ankita changed the name of the  canned food drive to Casady Cans Do Project. Casady Cans Do quadrupled our whole school contribution to the Food Bank during Ankita’s tenure. She added learning components such as categorization games and canned sculpture competitions. She promoted “Food Bank Lunches” to raise awareness of what meals the Food Bank provide from donations. She also inspired ceramics classes to make bowls for silent auction during the Food Bank lunch as a reminder of the kids whose bowls would be empty in the evening. Proceeds of the Empty Bowls Silent Auction went to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Food-4-Kids Program. Ankita's role in Walk the World OKCwas to seek funding and awareness of the hunger problem in Oklahoma City.

Ankita presented Casady's NAIS Challenge 20/20 at the First International Service-Learning Conference in Teacher Education in Brussels in collaboration with Phillips Andover Academy  and developed an informal NAIS Challenge 20/20 Global Warming partnership with one of the conference participants, a history teacher, from the American School in Brussels.  She also presented the NAIS Challenge 20/20 opportunity at the Department of Environmental Quality-Earth Day 2008 Celebration at the Oklahoma City Zoo, which started a collaboration between Casady School and the Oklahoma Green Schools. Ankita stated, “Service Learning is a great way for Casady students to give back to their community. I believe that participating in service learning not only benefits our community but also broadens student’s outlook on life. Service Learning has given me so many opportunities to change my school, my community and finally my world. Projects like Challenge 20/20 help Casady students become connected to schools across the world and discuss local problems in a global setting. The Casady Cans Do project has raised awareness and collected funds to help eradicate hunger in Oklahoma. No matter what your passion is, you can find a service learning project that is right for you.”

Eradicating poverty locally became the focus of the Casady Student Council and YAC in 2009-2011. STUCO leaders in collaboration with YAC, Aamina Shakir'11, led the Casady Cans Do 2010 competitions. In 2011, we did not beat the record year established by Ankita, but we raised over 8,0000 pounds in cans and provided a $1,300 check to the Food Bank. STUCO also led the fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity. YAC member, Cecil Ray, facilitated the construction of the first house Casady students partially build. STUCO in collaboration with YAC and winter sports athletes and coaches framed "our habitat house" on MLK day. STUCO presented a check to the CEO of Habitat for close to $3,000 raised in various fundraising activities.

During Ankita’s senior year, members of the Class of 2011 shifted the focus of the Casady Challenge 20/20 project to awareness of the human print in global warming and climate change. Rebecca Roach’11 and Josh Ou’11 became the Challenge 20/20 leaders at Casady School. They read High Noon, watched The Inconvenient Truth, contacted Sierra Club representatives and Casady faculty to raise awareness and help promote recycling in our school. The connection of this group with Walk the World OKC is that Josh and Rebecca wrote and were awarded a Facing the Future grant to provide cameras to document climate change in OKC and Peru.

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