Whiz Kids' flash mob highlights faith group's mission

Whiz Kids, a ministry of City Care, sponsored two flash mob dances that surprised and enlightened visitors at Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and the congregation of LifeChurch.tv Northwest on Feb. 4.
BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com Published: February 11, 2012

“Today, I'm hungry and I'm ready for change / I run too far to still be the same / See who I was I give him away ... today.”

— “Today” by Kirk Franklin, gospel recording artist

Leaders of one metro faith-based group recently found a different way to tell their story and call attention to their upcoming charity event.

Whiz Kids, a ministry of City Care, sponsored two flash mob dances that surprised and enlightened visitors at Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and the congregation of LifeChurch.tv Northwest on Feb. 4.

“It's the newest hip way to bring attention to the issues you are trying to bring awareness to,” Masie Bross, Whiz Kids' executive director, said this week.

Whiz Kids partners inner-city churches and suburban churches, a total of 57, to offer free tutoring and mentoring to children in first through sixth grades at Oklahoma City area schools. The inner-city church agrees to provide a location for the one-on-one tutoring, and volunteers from both churches provide the lessons.

Bross said the flash mob featured several Whiz Kids tutors and students and members of the Carl Albert Middle School Choir. She said local Christian recording artist Marcy Priest and Jabee Williams, a local Christian rapper, also were part of the musical effort. Bross said the 2012 Leadership Oklahoma City Young Adult Leaders (LOYAL) class choreographed the routine and helped get members of the community to join in the dance.

Bross said flash mob presentation began with a student sitting in the library expressing his frustration about being unable to read a book. The student is offered help by a Whiz Kids tutor, and the dance routine begins to the music of “Today,” a song by gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin. Bross said the musical presentation ends with several students dancing in caps and gowns to show that the goal of Whiz Kids is to help students graduate from school and further their education.

Bross said the presentation at LifeChurch.tv, 5821 Northwest Expressway, began with a student expressing his irritation about not being able to read a Bible in the church's lobby area.

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• When: 6 p.m. March 27.

• Where: Great Hall, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens.

• Tickets: $100 per person; sponsorships are available from planter's level ($1,200) to harvester's level ($5,000) and presenting sponsor ($10,000 or more).

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