CPN hosts Walk to raise awareness of child abuse

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation FireLodge Children and Family Services is hosting a Fun Walk to raise awareness of Child Abuse. The Bison spoke with Darian Towner, family preservation coordinator, to learn more about the event.

What is the Fun Walk?

The Fun Walk is a free public event on Friday, April 26th at noon that CPN FireLodge Children and Family Services is hosting as a result of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We will be walking around the FireLake Lake, just West of the FireLake Ball Fields off Hardest Road in Shawnee. The first 50 attendees will receive a free t-shirt and blue pinwheel and all attendees will have a chance to win a free 43’’ smart TV. We encourage attendees to wear blue to show your support!!

Why is CPN doing the event?

Our program is hosting the event as a way to involve our community directly in raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and inform the public of the services we provide. Our goal is that raising awareness will lead to community members taking action in both preventing and speaking out against child abuse. Additionally, our desire is that families whose children are experiencing child abuse or neglect will reach out for services. The blue pinwheels we will have placed around the lake are representative of the bright and safe future that all children deserve. We hope that our community will decide to attend and stand up to be a voice for children.

Who can go? What’s the cost to go?

The Fun Walk is completely open to the public and is kid-friendly! It is an absolutely free event. Grab a friend and join us for just one hour!

Is this the first year to do this?

This is the first Fun Walk in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, but our program is eager to begin holding the event annually.

What does the CPN FireLodge Children and Family Services do?

CPN FireLodge Children and Family Services serves as a local resource to the community for confidential services geared toward youth and families. An emphasis is placed on Native Americans to enhance, enrich, and develop cultural awareness in the areas of health and wellness. There are four programs that exist within our department: Indian Child Welfare, Foster Care/Adoption, Family Preservation and Adult Protective Services.

Why is it important to raise awareness of child abuse?

It is important to raise awareness of child abuse so that there is an accurate understanding of what child abuse is, the forms it can take, how often it occurs and what practical steps can be done to prevent it from occurring.

For more information on the FunWalk, Towner said she can be reached at 405-878-4831. Towner said there is also a plan in place in case of rain to have the event inside The Place, located at 2346 S Gordon Cooper Dr, Tecumseh, OK. The Place is down the street from the ball fields, Towner said.

‘Blitz Week’ starts next week

By Jacob Factor, News Editor

Every year, “Blitz Week” raises money for a cause of the committee’s choosing.

This year, the money raised through the different events will go to campus-run GO-Trips.

Blitz Week starts April 8 and will end April 12.

The night before Blitz Week starts, a Paintathon will take place in the lower GC. For the rest of the week, an auction will take place to sell the artwork.

Monday Blitz week chapel and the varsity vs. faculty basketball game take place.

Two dollars is the admission price for the game.

The UCS Trivia Night is Tuesday night. Teams can sign up and pay two dollars per member to play.

All week there will be an Escape Room in the Library. Teams of four can pay two dollars per member to try to escape.

Humans vs. Zombies is also going on all week. Students can pay two dollars to participate in the Nerf war.

Wednesday is Qdoba night. Thursday is the famed Mr. Bison Pageant.

Sign-ups for all Blitz Week events are in the lower GC, and t-shirts are for sale for 12 dollars.

Chacos and Tacos: a craze and a charity event

By Isabel Palos, Contributing Writer

Tacos help with more than just an appetite.
Kappa Phi Beta hosted their fourth annual Chacos and Tacos event Tuesday, September 18th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mabee Suite.
Profits from Chacos and Tacos will be donated to Community Renewal, a non-profit organization in Pottawatomie County. Community Renewal is one of the philanthropies of Kappa Phi Beta.
“The purpose of Chacos and Tacos is to raise money and build awareness of our philanthropy, Community Renewal,” said Logan Hime, co-social chair of Kappa Phi Beta.
Kappa Phi Beta has helped Community Renewal fund their operation of the Friendship House since last year.
“Community Renewal is an organization in Pottawatomie County that helps neighbors restore community through intentional relationships,” Hime said. “The proceeds from this year’s Chacos and Tacos will go to fund the upkeep of Community Renewal’s Friendship House which was completed this summer.”
Kappa Phi Beta sold t-shirts and 150 tickets last year.
“[We] raised over $1000 for the creation of Community Renewal’s first Friendship House, so this year we hope to raise even more!” Kappa Phi Beta president Payton Clark said.
This year, Kappa Phi Beta sold tickets and stickers from September 10th through September 14th in the Geiger Center. Kappa Phi Beta accepts payment via cash or Venmo.
Chacos and Tacos is an open event and provided a variety of entertainment, which included games, tacos from Don Ciros Tacos and the opportunity to hang out with friends and professors.
Chacos and Tacos was an opportunity to give back to the Shawnee community.
“Whether or not you know anything about Community Renewal, we want to give the OBU community the opportunity to learn more, give back to the community and get involved, so everyone is welcome,” Clark said.