Our final RAA stop was at the Boys and Girls Club on Western. Members of the "Club" had been actively involved with a reading program over a two-three week period. During that time, the Pi Phis and OEA staff read a variety of books to the kids.
Today's program was somewhat different for the kids. They all gathered in their normal groups, but with a pile of backpacks in front of them. The program started with the Cat in the Hat (OEA's Bruce Treadaway) reviewing what the program had been about over the last couple of weeks. After Bruce finished, author Faith Clune read from her book "When to Whisper" and then presented 36 kids with autographed copies of her book.
As you can imagine, the kids were extremely excited when I led them through the reading pledge. The excitement level rose higher as 6 lucky kids were presented scooters by Bob Grant representing Bob Moore Saturn of OKC. Next up was all of the kids getting a backpack donated by OEA and the Christmas Connection, and to top it off, all of the kids got to go out to the Hornets Bookmobile to pick out a book. It was an incredible end to a very special day.
In the photo representing the sponsors are Laura Lang, Boys and Girls Club; Joan Hess, Pi Phis; Blake Wade, Oklahoma Centennial Commission; Author Faith Clune, Jeanie Edney, Oklahoma Centennial Commission; Bob Grant, Bob Moore Saturn of OKC; and Daniel Medley, Boys and Girls Club. (for more info on the Boys and Girls Club go to http://www.bgcokc.org.)