CN Youth and Family Services reaches out to Wickliffe School

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/03/2019 04:00 PM
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WICKLIFFE – Cherokee Nation Youth Services recently hosted a Christmas celebration event at Wickliffe Elementary School northeast of Salina in Mayes County.

“What we’re doing is bringing Christmas activities to the kids. We’re playing games and having cookies, just regular holiday festivities,” said CN Youth and Family Services Specialist Kimberly Proctor. “In addition to that, we are going to be doing some violence-prevention curriculum, and what we’re going to do is talk to them about bullying, especially the younger kids.”

She added Youth and Family staff also spoke to older students about establishing healthy relationships and the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma and how it might affect youth.

“We are seeing some different (marijuana) companies and things popping up that’s going to be affecting our youth soon,” she said.

Youth and Family Services Specialist Jennifer Leep said the visit to Wickliffe School is part of outreach to area schools using an anti-violence grant.

“We wanted to reach out to Wickliffe. We thought it might be an underserved school because of its location, and we wanted to make sure to share a little bit of Christmas cheer and also teach about bullying issues,” she said.

Leep said it’s hoped CN Youth and Family Services staff can visit schools during times like Christmas or Valentine’s Day to interact with students through fun activities.

“So our goal, in the next few months and coming years, is to possibly do an activity each holiday at each school. So maybe on Valentine’s Day we do a cookie-decorating class or whatever we can do to not only have some fun, do a little bit of outreach and also share a little bit of knowledge,” she said.

School staff interested in Cherokee Nation Youth and Family Services reaching out to their school may contact Leep at Jennifer-leep@cherokee.org or call 918-316-1980.

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