Final theatre production of the year entertains audiences: Mystery ‘A Murder is Announced’ to run through April 29

By Payton Clark, Social Media Editor

Little Paddocks, the boarding house in the town of Chipping Cleghorn is in chaos and you will never guess what happens. No spoilers here; just go watch it!

OBU Theatre’s production of “A Murder is Announced,” adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie, opened this past Friday, April 20 to start a two-weekend run continuing until Sunday, April 29. Shows continue this weekend with times at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28, and a 2:30 p.m. showing April 29.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults at okbu.edu/theatre or at the Sarkeys Box Office.

This murder mystery is full of humor, grief and, most of all, suspense as the audience pieces clues together to solve the crime in true “whodunit” fashion.

When a murder is announced in the local paper, said to occur at the boarding house of main character Ms. Blacklock, friends and residents turn against one another as they search for the killer.

As the last production of the year, OBU Theatre has outdone themselves again with a play full of talented actors, as well as talented designers and managers alike.

Senior theatre major Brenna Bergeron, playing Ms. Blacklock, shows poise and encouragement as she tries to keep her family and friends safe from the missing criminal.

Bergeron excellently portrays a strong-minded and motivated woman and is definitely a must-watch character in the show.

A favorite and unlikely duo, Ms. Marple and Inspector Craddock, are played by senior and junior theatre majors Lizzie Grimes and Chase Hendrickson.

Together, these two serve as just one of many comedic reliefs with their incessant bickering, and work well together on stage to create a fun dynamic.

Ultimately, their characters come together to solve the crime, and Grimes and Hendrickson make it look so easy!

The rest of the ensemble cast played by seniors Lara Gatton as Mrs. Swettenham and Hannah Lounsbery as Dora Bunner (Bunny), junior Anna Tyler as Julia Simmons, sophomores Courtlin Haygarth as Patrick Simmons and Kendra Johnson as Phillipa Haymes and freshmen David Goforth as Sergeant Mellors/Rudi Scherz, Amber Rodriguez as Mitzi and Garrett Wheeler as Edmund Swettenham shines as characters work together seamlessly to make sure you really never figure it out.

From one clue to the next, the actors skillfully portray their characters, either assuring or confusing your sleuthing skills until the last moment.

Another important aspect of the play, set design and props, serves to further aid the audience in their crime-solving endeavors.

Created by Scott Roberts (scenic designer) and McKenzie Reece (props designer), the whole team behind this work wonderfully spun together the details of the play’s setting and tone with clues to the murder itself.

Not only are the actors a major part of this murder-mystery, but so is the set, giving the audience every clue to the mystery without spoiling the plot. But will you solve the crime?

Costume design is an aspect of theatre production that is always at the forefront of the show, but never the audience’s mind.

However, the costume team led by Rachel Stine did a wonderful job at creating nice costumes that not only represented the time period and setting of the show beautifully, but also worked toward solving the crime. This production is all in, and everything
is a clue! (Don’t worry, I caught that inverted costume action at the end, guys.)

With an excellent team of actors, designers, managers and directors behind it, “A Murder is Announced” is a perfect and brilliant ending to a great season of OBU Theatre.

Audiences will be on the edge of their seats until the final scene trying to solve this crime, and they probably won’t!

With another weekend of shows, this production is a great way to take a break from the busyness of the spring semester before finals begin, so grab a friend and get your tickets before it sells out! Happy sleuthing!

OBU Theater to present Agatha Christie’s “A Murder is Announced”

By Payton Clark, Social Media Editor

In the fall, “The Addams Family” brought OBU audiences dark humor and catchy tunes to ring in Halloween. In February, “Defying Gravity” broke hearts and inspired viewers simultaneously. What can possibly cap off this incredible season of shows from the OBU Theater department?

For two weekends in April, OBU Theatre will present “A Murder is Announced”, a murder mystery play adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie. The show will be in Craig Dorland Theater on April 19-20 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., as well as show times on April 22 and 29 at 2:30. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office in Sarkeys Telecommunications Center and online at okbu.edu/theatre at $12 for adults and $5 for students.

Set in Little Paddox, a boarding house in the fictional town of Clipping Cleghorn, England, the play follows the house’s owner Mrs. Blacklock and town members. A mysterious advertisement in the local paper claims that “a murder is to take place at Little Paddox at 7:30 p.m. today,” causing chaos and sleuthing among the locals.

“It gets crazy and interesting, and it’s definitely a whodunit type murder mystery. You try to figure out who’s who, who’s lying, who’s who they say they are, so it’s a lot of fun,” stage manager Grace Wohlschlegel said. “The location doesn’t change, we’re just in this box house, so everything is contained and integral to that space. There’s a lot of
mystery and intrigue, so you want to pay attention to the details.”

Being the final show of the OBU Theater department’s season, senior theater major Lizzie Grimes, who plays the elderly amateur detective Miss Marple, believes this production is the perfect combination of this season’s shows.

“This show combines the dark humor of The Addams Family Musical with the genuine
love of Defying Gravity and then adds its own flair of British mystery,” senior theater major Lizzie Grimes said.

Grimes told audiences to anticipate lightheartedness and above all, mystery.

“Audiences can expect mystery, intrigue, and suspense with some laughs and love sprinkled in between,” Grimes said.

Of all the aspects of the show, Wohlschlegel is most excited to watch the audience try to figure out the murder mystery themselves.

“Obviously I know the ending and I know all of the things throughout the show that are meant to deceive the audience and make them think about who did it, so it will be really interesting to see if they get it right, to hear the dialogue about their thoughts,” Wohlschlegel said. “It will spark a lot of good conversation among audience members just through the nature of the show, because it’s a bit interactive.”

After starting the season with the fun music and dance-filled “The Addams Family”, followed by the more somber “Defying Gravity”, which discusses the Challenger disaster, Wohlschelgel said that “A Murder is Announced it a good balance between silly and serious.

“It’s a lot of personal dynamics, not as much spectacles that you’d get with musicals, but a lot of really strong characters who are interesting and have depth,” Wohlschlegel said.
“You do have serious moments discussing difficult family dynamics, death and getting old, relatable topics but a lot of the characters are happy people enjoying life so there’s a lot of lightness in the seriousness as the play progresses.”

According to guest director and OBU alumni Connor Gilbert, the last mystery play produced by the department was “A Woman in Black” during the 2007-2008 season.

“While there have been many amazing and stimulating productions for theatre students in the past decade, this specific play challenges our students to explore what makes a murder mystery different from other dramatic or comedic works,” Gilbert said. “As director, I can promise that our audience members will enjoy all the twists and
turns awaiting them.”

With a cast and crew full of current or former OBU students Wohlschlegel has enjoyed the experience of working with creative and hardworking peers.

“Our director is an alum that has come back to direct, and I’ve been his stage manager before so it’s nice to get to work with him again. All of our designers for the show are students, not faculty or guest designers, which is wonderful,” Wohlschlegel said.

“It’s been fun with first-time designers watching them figure out the process and have good insightful ideas and experiences. The cast for the show is a really great group of people that have good attitudes, want to be there and are working very hard so it’s a great environment to be a part of.”

The cast includes freshmen David Goforth, Amber Rodriguez and Garrett Wheeler, sophomores Courtlin Haygarth and Kendra Johnson, juniors Chase Hendrickson and Anna Tyler, and seniors Brenna Bergeron, Lara Gatton, Elizabeth Grimes and Hannah Lounsbery.

Passion releases 2018 “Whole Heart” record

By Payton Clark, Social Media Editor  (Courtesy photo/The Bison)

After a month of anticipation, Passion has released another live album from their sold-out student conference. In what may seem like very troubled times for our world, this album’s message provides some hope and advice for Christians.

“Whole Heart” was released digitally on Feb. 23, and will be released physically on Mar. 23. Recorded live in January at the 2018 Passion conference, in three arenas in Atlanta and Washington D.C., “Whole Heart” features the voices of 32,000 students from colleges and countries across the globe. It includes hits from the Passion band with artists including Kristian Stanfi ll, Melodie Malone and Brett Yonker, as well as Crowder, Matt Redman, Jimi Kravity, KB, Brooke Ligertwood, Andy Mineo and Tedashii.

Beginning with the title song, “Whole Heart,” Passion creates a heartbeat that flows throughout the entire album. Not only is this heart-beat literal, through the constant pounding drumbeat, but figurative as lead singer Kristian Stanfi ll declares, “You gave us your whole heart, my hope is in the blood of Jesus, I know who I am because of who you are.” Praising God’s love for us is the first declaration of this album, and the main focus as thousands of students sing along together.

Songs like “Almighty God” and “God, You’re So Good” share the characteristics of God such as His power and goodness, but time and time again the album reveals His love, reminding listeners of its importance.

“Reckless Love,” a cover of Cory Asbury’s original song, shares the story of God’s unending and inconsequential love. While some may debate the use of the term “reckless” to describe God, here it means that God loves us without caring what will happen, something that we could all do well to imitate in our own lives.

As part of the chorus states, “I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still, you give yourself away.” It is our duty as Christians to love others no matter the consequences. No matter the person or the circumstance, God’s love knows no bounds, so why should ours?

Another standout song, “More Like Jesus,” asks just that – to make us more like Jesus. With this of course comes God’s love and seeing others as he does, but having a desire to be more like Jesus is all we really need. Like the lyrics state, “Change me like only you can, here with my heart in your hands, Father I pray make me more like Jesus.” Surrender to God’s plan and a longing to look like Jesus is what we need, and this will allow us to serve others in love for God’s glory.

While most of the songs provide continuity in the tone and theme of “Whole Heart,” Matt Redman’s “Great Are You Lord” seems out of place. Although it in itself is a great song, its release in 2013 makes the song seem like more of a throwback than a piece of the narrative in “Whole Heart.” If the cover had been revamped with a newer and different sound than the original, it would have fit with the rest of the album, but this version was just a little out of place.

The version of “All My Hope Is In Jesus” with the Passion band, Crowder and Tauren Wells, jazzes up the sound of the album, although it too seems off from the tone of the Passion led songs. However, these covers show how diverse and inclusive the Passion Conference is with the artists and speakers brought to lead the students.

Because this album is live rather than a studio album, its purpose is more to share the Passion experience, and moreover the experience of praising God with thousands of others, rather than highlighting the talent of the band. But, Stanfi ll, Malone and Yonker, and the rest of the Passion band totally rock this album. “Hallelujah, Our God Reigns” does just that, declaring “All that has breath come praise the Lord.”

At the heart of this album is a desire to praise God for His love he gives to us, and for all that he is. “Whole Heart” not only remembers the unity of the 32,000 Passion Conference attendees but it unifies those who listen and sing these songs.

More than anything, this album is meant to praise and worship God, and these songs serve as an anthem for young Christians that are passionate about the Lord and living for His kingdom.

The Passion 2018 conference strove to glorify God by shining a light on His love, and “Whole Heart” encourages students to love others boldly, fully and passionately like Him.

Theater major’s capstone a part of “Defying Gravity”

 

By Payton Clark, Social Media Editor   (Courtesy Photo/The Bison)

While senior capstones are meant to show the knowledge gained in a subject over four years, most focus on a single aspect of one’s education.

Senior theatre major Grace Wohlschlegel’s capstone is different.

Wohlschlegel’s capstone covers all design aspects of the OBU Theater production “Defying Gravity.”

The play focuses on the lives of seven people who witnessed or experienced the 1986 Challenger disaster in different ways. The cast includes freshman Hunter Vicars, sophomore Grant McGee, juniors Chase Hendrickson, Adam McCollough and Tori Smith, and senior Elizabeth Grimes.

As the “scenographer,” Wohlschlegel is responsible for set, lights, sound, costume, props and makeup for the show, using her experience to create a unifying design.

“While I’ve been here my emphasis has been on tech specifically, not acting, so I have been taking all of the design classes and I have done a lot of different designs like set and costume,” Wohlschlegel said.

“This allows me to oversee the entire design process for a show and implement everything I’ve learned in a very broad overarching scale instead. Instead of focusing on one aspect I can look at the big picture.”

After getting the project approved at the end of her junior year, Wohlschlegel has researched and prepared for the project for around a year.

“I did a lot of dramaturgical research over the summer over the Challenger disaster and Monet impressionist paintings, and initial concept work,” Wohschlegel said. “During the fall semester we started having concept design meetings with [Professor Caron] and we’ve been going since then. It’s been a yearlong process, including having to take the Capstone course that the theatre department offers, where you work on the paper portion of the project.”

While she has had lots of experience designing certain aspects for other shows, Wohlschlegel wanted to have a larger role for her senior capstone.

“I love designing, and I’ve done multiple design roles for shows before, but I haven’t gotten a chance to do scenography,” Wohlschlegel said.

“I love the big picture, and trying to put everything together to get the big picture, so I wanted to take a shot at it and see what it was like to be fully in charge of the design for a show.”

“Defying Gravity” revolves around the Challenger disaster and the different viewpoint of seven different characters, inspiring Wohlschlegel to focus on the perspectives of others through her design.

“What I latched onto was the idea of perspective and perception, so how we perceive the world and how it shapes our assumptions and how the world shapes us,” Wohlschlegel said. “I love thinking about how people see and understand the world, so the show really speaks to me a lot about that with how individuals perceive the world. With my design, I want to challenge the audience to perceive the world in a different way and to understand that other people see the world in a different way.”

Woslschlegel explains that scenography requires lots of collaboration as the focus is on unifying all aspects of design.

“As a designer you just have a piece of the puzzle, which you and everyone else contributes to each other,” Wohlschlegel said. “As a scenographer you’re in charge of all of it, so you don’t to talk to the lighting or set designer because you are the designer. You have to be able to see the entire process and understand that each decision you make in each area is going to affect your decision in other areas.”

According to director Matthew Caron, having one person doing the entire design of a show is very uncommon in modern theatre.

“In the 40’s and 50’s it was popular on Broadway to have scenographers do all of the design for a show, and in small productions this often the case but in traditional theatre that we want to emulate at OBU, it’s good to divide the design elements among people,” Caron said. “Grace is a talented artist in all areas of design, and she’s a hard worker with excellent work ethic so we felt like allowing her this project would be good for her.”

Typical capstone projects focus on one aspect of a show but Wohlschlegel’s project is “hugely ambitious.”

“Grace wanted to do all of them and we felt confident in that, so I think it communicates to the students that it’s not limited and they can do whatever they want,” Caron said. “As long as we feel that they are capable of doing it, they can dream big on their capstone. I don’t think we will see another capstone project this big for a while, but it’s an inspiration to the classes coming up thinking about their capstones.”

Delegating tasks to other people is what Caron believes is the hardest task with Wohschlegel’s project.

“She brings design ideas to me, I make decisions on them and then she executes them however she sees fit. Obviously there are hiccups and you can’t anticipate every problem, but the really good thing about Grace is her adaptability, so there isn’t a challenge she can’t handle,” Caron said. “It’s really nice to have someone like that in charge of all the design areas, and I rely on her a lot.”

Wohlschlegel agreed that her biggest challenge has been delegation, but is thankful for the help of the theatre department.

“I don’t have an assistant for every area of design but for some, and I have to remember that I don’t have to do everything and I have people to do things for me to help out with the process,” Wohlschelegel said. “It’s been rewarding because it has been really nice to see the process as it’s coming together and we are getting close to the end. Everyone in the theatre department has been supportive and helpful because they know I can be focused and forget I have others to help me, so that’s been really nice because they know it means a lot to me.”

Caron explained that while the theatre department chooses the shows put on, this play was particularly easy because of the experience students have with it, and its presence in department curriculum.

“I knew of the play and liked it before I came to OBU, and the students know it really well because they all have read it, so that lead to us deciding to do it,” Caron said. “Grace was really familiar with it, and it dovetailed nicely with her capstone project.”

“Defying Gravity” premieres with 7:30 p.m. show times on Feb. 22, 23 and 24, as well as 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Sarkeys Black Box Theater. A talkback led by Wohlschlegel and Caron will follow the Feb. 23 performance. Tickets can be purchased online at okbu.edu or in the Sarkeys office, $12 for adults and $5 for students.

 

Left: Courtesy Photo/Elizabeth Grimes

Right: Courtesy Photo/Benjamin Baxter

The next Lunch n’ Learn will be in February

Payton Clark, News Editor

Technology has become an important part of the daily lifestyle of students everywhere, and with it back and neck pain.

Monday Nov. 13, the RAWC hosted the last Lunch ‘N Learn luncheon of the semester. The event taught students about making healthy, daily lifestyle habits related to posture and back pain. Lunch was provided at 12 p.m. in GC 218-220, followed by the informational seminar from Relax the Back professional Roynell Rawson.

“What students should expect is that no matter if we’re traveling or just sleeping, that there are ways that we can improve our posture, habits and how we can improve to make a healthier version of ourselves,” Wellness Coordinator Lindsay Mitchell said before the event. “Roynell will express the ways to improve with a more hands on presentation on Monday, November 13th at noon.”

The lunch provided an approach to teaching involved in this event are in hopes to give students an opportunity to learn and understand important information for their daily lifestyles.

“The Lunch N’ Learn will provide a free lunch for all students that attend, Roynell will be speaking and will have a more hands on approach to this luncheon,” Mitchell said. “That way students will be able to grasp the topic that will be presented.”

While the Lunch ‘N Learn discussed “daily lifestyle habits,” there was a focus on posture and how people can prevent pain.

“The course for the Lunch N Learn is Lifestyle Assessment in your 24 hour day,” Rawson said. “We will be talking about posture and positions that we use during the day, that may be causing back and neck pain.”

Rawson, a representative from Relax the Back, said that it is important for students to know how to prevent and deal with back issues due to the damage technology creates.

“With the use of our technology gadget, people are having more back and neck issues and pain,” Rawson said. “We are not using our gadgets in appropriate and correct posture that is creating us to change our back and neck postures.  Especially in our younger generations.”

The last Lunch ‘N Learn event was September’s event regarding Alzheimer’s. This was the last chance students had to attend until next semester.

“There are Lunch N Learns for students every other month,” Mitchell said. “The next one will be Feb. 26, 2018 at noon held in the GC 218-219.”

Rawson has been involved with other Lunch ‘N Learn events at OBU, and has many years of experience in medicine.

“I have worked with Lindsay Mitchell in the past at other events and I have presented to the faculty and staff here at OBU on a couple of other lunch n learns,” Rawson said. “I have over 20 years in the medical field with billing and collections, surgical coordinator, and medical office coordinator for multiple PT offices in the OKC metro area. I have worked for Relax The Back for 6 years and I am a certified ergonomic assessment specialist.”

Mitchell said that Rawson has been involved with teaching the OBU community different health topics for a year.

“I actually found Roynell through extensive research on different health topics that I could bring to the OBU community,” Mitchell said. “She currently works up in OKC at Relax the Back. She first started doing the Lunch N Learns in the Fall of 2016.”

Students interested in attending just need to RSVP with Lindsay Mitchell at linsday.mitchell@okbu.edu.

 

 

 

OBU’s RAWC celebrates 10th anniversary

Payton Clark, News Editor

For 10 years, the Recreation and Wellness Center has been connecting students and promoting health on Bison Hill.

Oct. 28, the RAWC celebrated its tenth anniversary with a come and go celebration. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the RAWC welcomed alumni, members, faculty and students to enjoy food and coffee provided by Elevated Grounds, along with tours of the facility. While the RAWC’s actual anniversary is in November, the celebration was moved to coincide with homecoming.

“We strive our best to be a place where students and employees feel comfortable to come as they are,” RAWC director Andrea Woolridge said. “We want everyone to feel like they belong and are part of our family. Our staff does a great job engaging members, whether it is an encouraging word or high five after a workout.”

The services and atmosphere provided by the RAWC have helped get students connected on campus since its start.

“I think it can be challenging for some students to get involved on campus and RAWC is a place where they can go and hang out, get plugged in a group class, intramural team etc. and feel like they are part of something,” Woolridge said. “They get to meet other students they wouldn’t have otherwise.”

Student and RAWC employee Amos Hopkins specifically applied to work at the RAWC for this connection to campus life.

“I wanted to be able to connect with people so that I may have more opportunities to spread God’s love and peace with the other students on campus,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said that it serves as a great place to relieve stress and meet people, and is a place that students can experience all that college has to offer.

“It is an excellent place to take a short break and play racquetball, basketball or ping pong and to release the energy that has stored up in studying for long periods of time,” Hopkins said. “It has helped me in getting to know other students on campus and being able to make the RAWC a frequent spot in which we hang out.”

According to Wooldridge, the RAWC strives to keep students successful through physical and mental health.

“This is a place where students learn to use physical activity to cope with stress,” Woolridge said. “Being fit also is about getting the appropriate amount of sleep, and that is key to doing well in school. Our goals for success go beyond the classroom and are aimed at helping young people develop healthy habits for life.”

With its variety of equipment, services and uses, the RAWC has been instrumental in shaping student life on campus.

“The RAWC can be so beneficial in allowing students to exercise as much as they want whenever they want,” Hopkins said. “Whether it be a full body exercise, a run around the track or a simple ping pong game. Every person that walks into the RAWC can find something that fits their liking.”

With its cardio and strength equipment, basketball courts, racquetball and walking track, the RAWC has improved over the years to provide the community with many health opportunities.

“We continue to provide programming for all fitness levels, and each week we offer 26 fitness classes,” Woolridge said. “Lindsay Mitchell, our Wellness Coordinator offers classes to all varsity teams to help with cross training. We offer bootcamps, barre on the oval, yoga by Raley, Zumbathon throughout the semester for special programing. This year we started lunch and learns for students, [and] our intramurals is growing each semester.”

Woolridge said that the RAWC continues to improve their services to meet the needs of clients, and welcome ideas to meet their goals, helping the community for a healthier ten years and beyond.

“We are here to help members to meet their health and wellness goals, whether it is with programing for fitness classes, fitness evaluations or educational classes,” Woolridge said. “We want to grow and be a place where our members want to come back and bring their friends along to get healthy and have fun while they are doing it.”

Hopkins said that students should take advantage of the services and events provided by the RAWC.

“Every student should take the opportunity to go to the RAWC and spend quality time with friends and family,” Hopkins said. “Because of the different events that take place you can always find something you will enjoy and definitely want to come back and do again.”

 

Cargo Ranch celebrates with annual rodeo

Payton Clark, News Editor

Oct. 29, Cargo Ranch held its annual rodeo from 3 to 5 p.m. This year’s theme was “The Crazy Cargo Circus Rodeo,” and allowed kids to show their horsemanship skills to family and the community.

“Cargo has always had a rodeo so that the kids can show off the horsemanship skills they have learned to their parents, as well as showing their families the different fun activities they can do while at Cargo, such as playing games or making art projects,” senior and Cargo ranch volunteer Brooke Hurley said.

While the Cargo rodeo serves as an opportunity for the community, parents and volunteers to get involved, the kids are the main focus of the event.

“The kids who come out to Cargo often come because they don’t fit in at school or come from broken homes and the rodeo provides an opportunity for them to be a part of a show or production,” junior and Cargo volunteer Hannah Jordan said. “They get to be the star and their parents get to come see what they have learned the whole year.”

The Cargo Rodeo serves as an important reflection on the relationship between mentors and kids, and showing parents the fruits of Cargo’s labor.

“These kids often come from broken homes and having someone to invest in them can make a huge difference,” Jordan said. “They get to show their families Cargo and why it is special to them, [and] they also get to hang out with their mentor and do things that are special just for the rodeo. It is a great time to hang out with your kid and invest in their life.”

While the rodeo does offer students a chance to show off their skills to family, it also allows Cargo to show off its work to donors and the community of Shawnee.

“Another reason the rodeo is important is because it provides donors an opportunity to see what their money is going towards,” Hurley said. “And [it provides] community members an opportunity to come see what is going on in their community.”

According to Hurley, the annual rodeo not only benefits the Cargo community through support, but it offers a fun opportunity.

“This event is important to the kids and Cargo because it provides an opportunity for all of us to show the growth that has been happening on Cargo grounds,” Hurley said. “It is also just a super fun way to finish out fall sessions before we go into potluck season.”

Community members had a chance to participate through a cook off.

“This year community members [had] a chili cook off at the rodeo which helps provide food for the event as well as an opportunity to get involved,” Hurley said.

While interacting with horses is never without incident, Jordan said that each of the past rodeos have allowed Cargo to learn and improve the event, including when it is put on.

“The rodeo was originally in the summer so the parents could get a chance to see what their kids were learning at Cargo,” Jordan said. “It was also moved to the fall so that the college and OBU volunteers will be in town and can watch their children in the show. This also means we get to meet the kids’ families.

Cargo Ranch, located at 8895 Coker Rd, Shawnee OK, provides struggling kids with the opportunity to build relationships.

“Cargo Ranch is a non-profit youth ranch for kids who have changes, struggles, or obstacles, in their lives,” cargoranch.org said. “We use horses and an outdoor environment to build relationships and open lines of communication with our youth.”

According to their website, the non-profit faith-based organization uses donations to make their program and services free for the community.

“Our program is free of charge to all of our families,” the website said. “We operate our ministry through private donations and grants from the community.”