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“Kite Day” kicks off OC school year with service in mind

Thursday, August 27, 2009   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Katy Roybal
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The skies above Oklahoma Christian University will be filled with brightly colored kites of all shapes and sizes when the students from Western Village Academy make their annual trip to the campus to celebrate the ninth annual “Kite Day.” Festivities will begin in Hardeman Auditorium on the OC campus Wednesday, August 26 at 10 a.m. with the kites taking off at 11.

More than 280 Western Village students will be partnered with the 600 incoming freshmen and staff for this time of fun and excitement for both groups. Each Western Village class will be partnered with a group of freshmen to help them as they assemble and fly their kites. The groups will also enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn.

Kite Day has become one of the highlight of Earn Your Wings, a week –long program that introduces incoming OC freshmen and transfers to the campus and gets them settled before classes begin.

“As much as the students from Western Village enjoy Kite Day, this is a day that the OC students talk about with such excitement,” Amy Kelly, associate director of freshman experience said. “The energy this day brings to the campus sets the freshmen up to have a great year and shows them how much enjoyment they can get out of serving others.”

This event also helps kick-off the year long mentorship program between Western Village and OC under the umbrella of INTEGRIS Health's after-school program. As mentors, OC students spend one hour a week with their Western Village student helping them with school work and giving them one-on-one attention. Western Village has made dramatic gains in its performance on state-mandated standardized tests over the course of OC's relationship with the school.

OC alumnae and teachers at Western Village Academy- Jaime Spencer, Kelsey Rogstad, and Joy Rainey

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