Whiz Kids Oklahoma is celebrating its 21st anniversary

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WHIZ KIDS OKLAHOMA CELEBRATES 21 YEARS TUTORING AND MENTORING OKC STUDENTS

Seeds of Hope Banquet to benefit non-profit and help achieve future goals

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (February 5, 2016) – Whiz Kids Oklahoma, a division of City Care, Inc., is celebrating its 21st anniversary of mentoring and tutoring first- through sixth-grade students.

Whiz Kids will be honoring multiple companies and volunteers for their continued dedication to the organization. One such example is Mercedius Jones, a Boeing electrical engineer, who recently received an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the State Capitol. Jones has been a mentor to his mentee Joshua for more than three years.

“Seeing students make real progress academically and socially is what makes Whiz Kids so vital to our city, but without our dedicated volunteers and donors, none of it would be possible,” said Bea Jai Webb, Whiz Kids director. “We are fortunate to have amazing volunteers and businesses that partner with us year after year to reach more students.”

Celebrating Oklahoma City’s heart of generosity, Whiz Kids will host its annual Seeds of Hope banquet to honor its volunteers. The banquet will be held on March 28, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center. The pre function and silent auction begin at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s keynote speaker is Carey Casey, Ambassador for Fathers with the National Center for Fathering (NCF). Carey serves on the White House Task Force on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. He is known as a compassionate ambassador, particularly within the American sports community and spent many years with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

This Seeds of Hope fundraising banquet raises money for continuing growth and developing additional partnerships so Whiz Kids can serve more kids in the 2016-2017 school year.

Officially starting in 1995 and gaining non-profit status in 1996, Whiz Kids has spent more than 21 years mentoring Oklahoma City’s youth. Starting with two sites and help from two churches, Whiz Kids has grown to serving more than 800 students from 29 urban schools and 29 sites in partnership with 70 churches, with plans to add an additional school in the Putnam City school district. The organization also coordinates more than 1,250 volunteers during the 2014-2015 school year.

Whiz Kids partners with the Crutcho School District, Mid-Del City School District, Crooked Oak School District, Putnam City Public Schools, Millwood Public Schools and the Oklahoma City Public Schools. A teacher from each local school facilitates each Whiz Kids site and serves as a school liaison.

About Whiz Kids Oklahoma

Whiz Kids is a faith-based, one-on-one volunteer tutoring and mentoring program that focuses on first- through sixth-grade students who live in areas that have some of the highest drop-out rates and lowest socioeconomic levels in Oklahoma City. Whiz Kids is proactive ad preventative in nature, targeting inner-city schools and students who are reading below grade level and who could benefit most from a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.

– (published February 5, 2016)

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