Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chocolate Lovers' Fundraiser I

'A successful, adaptable fundraiser from Pennsylvania...

Lititz Chocolate Walk Highlights
  • $25 to participate
  • Receive button, punch card & map
  • Downtown
  • Walk from store to store
  • Ticket sales now capped at 2,000 to shorten lines
  • "Chocolate Stroll," a smaller version
Event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area, Pennsylvania

Kiwanis Magazine, December 2013, 36-39

Kiwanis Magazine, December 2013


If you want to attract patrons to a fundraiser, chocolate is a strong draw. Apologies to other Kiwanis clubs, but chocolate might just trump pancakes. 

That's perhaps why the Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area, Pennsylvania, has run its Lititz Chocolate Walk every October for 12 years now. Dubbed the "Chocolate for Charity" event, the Lititz Chocolate Walk showcases some of the regions's most talented chefs, chocolatiers and candymakers, who whip up cocoa confections to raise money for kids' needs.

Walkers pay US$25, don an official Chocolate Walk button and carry a punch card. They follow maps through historic downtown Lititz, scoring chocolate treats at each of about 30 retail locations. Since 2001, the event has attracted more than 15,000 stalwart champions for chocolate and raised about US$350,000. The event is so popular now (drawing visitors from as far away as Minnesota, California and even Alaska), the club caps ticket sales at 2,000 to keep the lines short.

"We will distribute more than US$50,000 from the 2013 walk," says Lititz Area Kiwanian and Chocolate Walk Chairman Mark Freeman. "We hold a special evening every year where we invite our chocolate vendors to come and see what their efforts benefit."

Some patrons "call it trick or treat for grown-ups." Others just enjoy the chance to sample chocolate goodies and enjoy the ambiance of Lititz, a 257-year-old town that's packed with heritage--and apparently chocolate.

"It's a community event that brings people to town and gets them into our many eclectic shops," Freeman says. "Our host retailers benefit tremendously. Many tell us they have one of their best days of the year on Chocolate Walk day. Some say it's the unofficial kickoff for the holiday season in Lititz.     

The club shares its success, helping other communities organize similar events. A nearby retirement center now runs a "chocolate stroll" each winter, but the club's event reigns supreme in the region.                          

During our third walk in 2014, we had a torrential downpour, and it did not slow things down," Freeman says."No one complained. They were all focused on the chocolate. That was the year we knew we had something special.

During our third walk in 2014, we had a torrential downpour, and it did not slow things down," Freeman says."No one complained. They were all focused on the chocolate. That was the year we knew we had something special.

The Kiwanis family can be found everywhere along Chocolate Walk, including chocolate craftsmen (right) and checking tickets (top right). The most important job--tasting samples--is managed by the 2,000 chocolate-stalking patrons...

Next post - Norman Firehouse's Chocolate Festival!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paul Stanley, KISS, on his Painful Secrets as a Kid

For mentor-mentee conversations, see emphasized sections.

Paul Stanley and Anthony Mason

Paul Stanley and the heavy metal band KISS made it big more than four decades ago and he just put out a memoir called "Face the Music: A Life Exposed."

Stanley recently sat down with CBS News' Anthony Mason. They talked about his ongoing feuds, and finally getting into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame.

He told Mason that after 15 years of eligibility, the invitation still feels like a slap in the face.

The original KISS
Mason: You're being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.
Stanley: Or indicted.

Mason: Indicted?

Stanley: The Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame is fluff. It's a farce. It's like an Addams Family bar mitzvah. I'm gonna go, but let's not kid ourselves, you know. That's not the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is walking the streets.

Mason: You don't see it as an honor?

Stanley: I see it as dubious. We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. Because they don't like us. And the only reason they're inducting us is because they begin to look foolish at some point for not having us in.
Despite six platinum albums in the 70's and 100 million records sold, KISS has often been dismissed by critics who couldn't get past the band's cartoonish makeup and theatrical pyrotechnics.

Stanley: And if it's bad reviews got me here, you're in the house that bad reviews built.

[Past Poverty]
That house, a Beverly Hills mansion, sits in the hills above Los Angeles.

Stanley: It's certainly not the environment I grew up in. I was in the family room one day with my youngest and I said, "I grew up in an apartment this size." And he goes, "Why?"

The son of Jewish emigrees, he was born Stanley Eisen in New York City with a deformed ear that made him deaf on the right side.

Mason: What was it like living with that?

Stanley: Living with secrets, personal secrets is incredibly painful.

For most of his life, he hid the deformity under his long hair and his insecurities under the "Starchild" makeup he wore for KISS.

Stanley: This lonely little kid who couldn't get a date, didn't know how to interact with people, couldn't hear, had learning issues in school suddenly became, you know, sought after by women, envied by guys, sold millions of albums.

Mason: You were very driven from the beginning to succeed in this band.

Stanley: I think I was very driven period. It was to compensate to make myself feel more worthy by achieving things. My achievements now are my children, my wife. But it was a long road to get there.

One of his oldest friends is band mate Gene Simmons with whom he founded KISS more than 40 years ago.

Mason: Did you like him when you first met?

Stanley: No, I didn't like him at all. There's days he annoys me now. You know the squeaky wheel gets the oil. So he's the guy who everybody sees as like the brains behind KISS, which is really he is the mouth behind KISS. I always tell people he lives two minutes away and I can see his ego from here.

But Stanley told Mason they're now closer than ever. Stanley, however, rarely speaks with the band's other two original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss who left in the 80s.

Mason: Gene Simmons says they're not fit to wear the makeup anymore.

Stanley: It's a great soundbite.

Mason: Do you agree with it?

Stanley: I agree that they don't belong in the band. And they don't belong in a position to represent the band.

And when the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame asked the original members to perform together again, Stanley resisted.

Mason: For old time's sake, one more time, you wouldn't want to do that?

Stanley: How many times have you been married?

Mason: Twice

Stanley: How about for old times sake you go back and spend the night with your ex-wife?

Mason: That's the way you look at it?

Stanley: That's the way you'd look at it. You wouldn't make good music.

To see Paul Stanley's full interview, watch the video in the player above
© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

Ret. 4-14-14

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Online Mentoring for STEM Majors and Working STEM Graduates

Click the video on the MentorNet site.

This nonprofit aims to increase the number of STEM graduates and also STEM workers' skills by providing online STEM mentoring. 

Watch the video on the home page.


Website shared by OFE's Brenda Wheelock
Ret. 4-18-14

Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Autobiography

Cindy Scarberry
Mentors adapt and borrow constantly! 

We appreciate Cindy Scarberry's sharing her clever activity with mentors. She uses these slides to help students think about what song they choose to share and why. 

The last slide, entitled "Music Autobiography Criteria" is the first one for Scarberry's assignment. Mentors may refer to it as needed, and teachers will appreciate its inclusion.

The fill-in-the-blank slide is a journal entry she uses to help students think about what they might say during their explanation. Using her format for sharing was not required, but it gave them somewhere to start if they were stumped. 



Suggested Rubric for Sharing

Scarberry's First (or Assignment) Slide

Contributed by Cindy Scarberry
World Music Teacher at Norman High School
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry
2014 Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Circle of Excellence Recipient

Idea suggested by OFE's Brenda Wheelock

Received 4-12-14

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why Mentoring Works

from the 2014 National Mentoring Month Campaign sponsored by

MENTOR National Mentoring Partnership
Corporation for National and Community Service
Harvard School of Public Health
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
United Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SkillsUSA Forensics and Security Chapter, Mentoring et al.

Why Tulsa Tech-Peoria's Skills USA?

At the Mayor’s Mentoring Breakfast at the end of February, Richard Stewart, an instructor in criminal justice as well as a SkillsUSA advisor at Tulsa Tech, talked about his students’ community service and mentorship. Excitement prompted a visit a week later. Stewart’s students exhibited poise, confidence and pleasance. Called upon randomly, they spoke articulately and passionately. What they are learning and doing inspires.

Hands-On Approach
This peer and group mentoring model works effectively through research and hands-on activities to prepare criminal justice students for the workplace and citizenship. By building relationships, the Career Tech students show how to break crime in northeast Tulsa. They are mentors but also mentees.

Mentoring Background
For three years through Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Partners in Education program, members of Stewart’s Skills USA Forensics and Security Chapter have partnered with Tulsa’s Hawthorne Elementary School. In March 2014, his group adopted McClain Eighth Grade Center.

Community Service Wish
According to Stewart, the Tulsa Chief of Police, Chuck Jordan, said that the academy would teach recruits how to handcuff, process a crime scene, and such, but he “would like to see young people come out with a heart to serve and some integrity.” Stewart has incorporated Jordan’s wish as curriculum.

Richard Stewart & the "SkillsUSA Awards Wall"
Community Service Action

The chapter delivers community service in a number of ways. For instance, box top collecting, developing an Angel Tree event, and creating an Easter egg hunt directly benefit Hawthorne. The chapter collected 350 pounds of nonperishable food for Tulsa's John 3:16 Mission last year. For Tulsa’s 2013 BOOHAHA Parade, the criminal justice team built a float, from which members threw 400 pounds of candy they provided. Another service component is education.

Learn First, Teach Others                                        
Students demonstrate to their mentees and others handcuffing, finger printing, lifting latent fingerprints, writing a report, collecting evidence, and photographing and sketching a crime scene.  To promote Drug Awareness Month, chapter members learn PowerPoint to create their own Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) presentations.  A Prezi, a cloud-based presentation, illustrates for older students the dangers of methamphetamine. 
Sticker created for D.A.R.E. 

Health fairs and demonstrations can also involve cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid. Monkey brains add realism and drama. Chapter members have even researched and taught diversity to dispatchers. Opportunities to learn and teach are endless and imaginative.

Encouraging Future Careers
For northeast Tulsa, this SkillsUSA unit hosts a Career Tech fair. This event showcases different careers available in area tech centers during high school and after graduation.

Twelve-Month Calendar
Since the beginning, the criminal justice group has a twelve-month calendar. After formation, for example, the students began feeding the homeless in July.

Networking with Professionals
Creative hands-on learning and benefiting the public often allow students to “hang out” with or assist active personnel from law enforcement, emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), fire, and other civil agencies. These professionals also mentor the Career Tech mentors. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Bixby Police Department are principal partners.

"Real" Projects
Detailed research and often certification precede some projects such as vehicle inspections, occupational health and safety inspections, presentations about alcohol compliance, and providing event security.  Workplace inspections include a local salon, the Tulsa County Courthouse, and the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy.

A Shop with a Cop partner, the Forensics and Security Chapter members meet the officers and wrap the packages behind the scenes. Working with the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABEL) officers, these students have been the sting actors. Chapter members hosted the Bixby Citizens Police Academy at Tulsa Tech-Peoria. The experience of the chapter’s spending time with law enforcement and then bonding in the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics can simply not be measured.

These highly motivated and overachieving ambassadors of excellence represent Tulsa, Career Tech, and their instructor admirably. With intention, Richard Stewart uses his knowledge, heart, imagination and network to shape the community beyond his class and chapter. SkillsUSA Forensics and Security Chapter, Tulsa Tech-Peoria, is a model of dual mentoring, community service, and education.

On April 13, 2014, Richard Stewart resigned his commission as a Bixby Police Officer because he won election for the Bixby City Council position. He has applied to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, for which he has worked previously.  

Photo credit from the, South County Leader

Ret. 2-28-14

Monday, April 14, 2014

Local Mentoring Programs, OSDE Press Release

Local Mentoring Programs Benefit Students

Efforts Highlighted During National Volunteer Week

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 10, 2014) – This week marks National Volunteer Week, which honors the countless people across the nation who offer their time, skill and compassion to help others in need.
When it comes to volunteering to help children, one of the most effective ways to make a big impression is to mentor.
“A mentorship program can have a strong and immediate impact for a school. Especially for a struggling student, a mentor can truly be a positive role model and friend. It’s such a rewarding way to give back,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.
Mentoring programs come in many varieties. One school that benefits from mentors is Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village in Oklahoma City.
For an hour each week, Stanley Hupfeld visits the elementary school that bears his name to hang out with a boy he mentors. Next year, Hupfeld wants to start teaching him chess, but, for now, they play checkers and talk about geography.
“I’ve often said it’s the best hour I spend all week,” said Hupfeld, former president and CEO of INTEGRIS Health.
Mentors started coming to the school more than a decade ago, back when it was still called Western Village Elementary. Today, it has more than 300 mentors. They are community members with all kinds of backgrounds. Some are older students, and about a third work for INTEGRIS. 
“Our goal is to have a mentor for every student in Stanley Hupfeld Academy,” said Academy director Tobi Campbell. 
Oklahoma has more than 100 mentoring and leadership programs, according to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. The OFE helps establish mentoring programs in schools statewide through its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative.
Mentors provide a stable source of support for students who might not get that at home. They can tutor kids who need academic help, or they can lend a sympathetic ear. By simply visiting with a child for an hour a week, mentors leave a lasting and positive impression.
Bernard Jones, who works with prosthetics at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, is in his eighth year as a mentor at Stanley Hupfeld Academy. He admits he was skeptical when he first heard about the program, afraid it would amount to babysitting. 
It didn’t take long to change his mind.
“It’s something I look forward to every week. The kids look forward to seeing me every week,” Jones said.
The program at Stanley Hupfeld Academy is one branch of the Positive Directions mentoring program, which INTEGRIS operates in communities with its hospitals. Each mentor is matched to a single student whom he or she hopefully will stick with until that student graduates to the next school.
What to do with the weekly hour is up to mentors and mentees. Jones said the first 30 minutes of his sessions typically are devoted to study time, but he leaves at least 15 minutes to play games or talk. 
“As they get to know you, they get a little looser and start to share their life stories with you,” he said.
Mentoring programs in Oklahoma have been started at all levels of schools by a range of organizations, including colleges, churches, nonprofits and businesses. 
In Tulsa's Kendall-Whittier Elementary School, roughly 70 students stay until 6 p.m. every weekday to spend time with their mentors. The youth mentoring program was launched off-site by a neighborhood nonprofit in 2003. Several years ago, it became part of the University of Tulsa's True Blue Neighbors initiative and was moved into the school building with help from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
"We've really seen tremendous growth in our ability to serve students and parents in this neighborhood," said director Danielle Hovenga.
Although the program is free, participants must apply to join. Every kid gets a healthy after-school snack, takes a break for playtime and spends an hour working on academics with a mentor. Half of that hour is spent on literacy, Hovenga said.
Mentors come from across the community and many are associated with the university, she said. Some faculty and staff volunteer, and students can use it as a work-study job or for academic credit in some classes. 
Being able to operate the mentoring program from inside the building has led to better coordination with teachers, and the school staff gets to see the mentoring program in action, Hovenga said.
Beverly Woodrome, director of the mentoring initiative at OFE, said there are too many kinds of successful mentoring initiatives around the state to suggest one model is better than others. In one town, a mentoring program was begun by a local banker who simply recognized a need. In bigger cities, large corporations sometimes hire staff solely to run their mentoring programs. 
There is one basic ingredient both Woodrome and Hupfeld cited; both the school and the mentoring organization need to be dedicated to the program and provide designated leaders on both ends.
Mentors range from top-level executives to school custodians. The more careers and backgrounds represented, the better, Woodrome said.
“I think sometimes we overlook people who could be inspirational,” she said.

Phil Bacharach
Director of Communications

Oklahoma State Department of Education

Tricia Pemberton
Assistant Director of Communications

Oklahoma State Department of Education