Oklahomans truly are a supportive people. If there’s a need, they’re there. If there’s something they can be part of, they generally will be. It’s their nature, and it’s a big positive for our state.
Every city, town and county has something that it counts on local support to make successful. It’s not unusual to hear the local residents talk up these events, which helps promote them.
The local news media helps spread the word.
Here are a few examples of events and promotion.
Walkin’ on Chalk
ALTUS — This is among the most colorful, artistic, impressive events you can imagine. Downtown Altus becomes a collection of beautiful artwork on April 14 as participants turn sidewalks to their personal canvas.
Main Street Altus hosts the event, which includes a chalk and drawing contest. Artists will compete for cash prizes in seven age groups. There also will be a coloring/drawing contests for first- and second-graders, with Crayons and paper provided.
For high school art students, there also will be a banner contest, with the artwork displayed on light poles throughout the downtown area.
Participants in the chalk contest are asked to bring their own supplies. No tempera paints and nudes are allowed.
For more information, see the story in the Altus Times at http://tinyurl.com/cddsop4 or contact the Main Street Altus office at (580) 482-2277.
DUNCAN — Members of the Duncan High School Student Council, like others in schools throughout the state, believe in worthy causes. It’s part of the council’s mission.
Duncan’s special “mission” includes Leggo Week, which this year raised nearly $20,500 for a fellow student to be used to buy a van with a wheelchair lift for him.
Taylor recently had surgery to give him more mobility. The van and lift will help him transport him and the wheelchair he uses at school.
He was quoted: “I’ve had a hard time balancing school work and learning to walk,” Taylor said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to walk more. That’s my life-long goal.”
More on this special effort can be seen by going to the Duncan Banner site at http://tinyurl.com/bv27n94 and checking it out.
The newspaper reports that this is the second year for Leggo Week, which last year raised money for construction of the Stephens County Youth Shelter.
The Big Event
MIAMI, OK — College students often participate in fundraising or special efforts at their schools on within the community.
Such is the case at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, where students on April 23 will give back to t he Miami community in a big way.
The Miami News-Record reports that NEO students on that day will host The Big Event, “a student-led community service project.”
“This one-day event is an occasion for the students of NEO to express their gratitude to the community for its support of the college,” the newspaper reports.
The idea came from Dr. Jeff Hale, president of the university, who learned about it at another school.
At NEO, it has been an extremely successful effort. During the day, students who volunteer to participate perform tasks such as yard work, painting, organizing, housework and other common household tasks in between their regular jobs and class.
April 12 is the last day to sign up for this year’s event. See more at http://tinyurl.com/cz6tllc.