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DECA: Helping Infants in Need

A group of Oklahoma high school students drew inspiration from Pinterest for a class project to find a way to help less fortunate people.
DECA: Helping Infants in Need

DECA: Helping Infants in Need

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Infant Crisis Services Inc.

Oklahoma DECA



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Show 1721: DECA: Helping Infants in Need
Air Date: May 21, 2017



Rob McClendon: One in four babies in Oklahoma live in poverty, putting them at a moderate to high risk for developmental delay. And according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 85 percent of brain development occurs during the first three years of life. That is why Oklahoma City’s Infant Crisis Services provides formula, food and diapers to more than 1,500 babies and toddlers a month, all without any taxpayer dollars. Our Austin Moore has a story, not just about charity, but lessons in life.

Austin Moore: A few blocks north of the state Capitol, Infant Crisis Services with its playful statues but otherwise unassuming exterior, is working to change the lives of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable.

Courtney Thomas: We provide formula, food and diapers to needy babies and toddlers in our community. So any baby or toddler up to 48 months can come for our services and receive a week’s worth of those essential items that they need to grow and thrive.

Austin: Courtney Thomas is the community relations coordinator for this charity that since 1984 has been sustaining families in need.

Thomas: So last year we served a little over 18,000 babies and toddlers. This year we are on track to service over 21,000. So we see a little, on average 1,500 babies or toddlers a month. And we just want to reach every single one of them.

Austin: The amazing thing? They do all of this off private funding. Nothing federal. Nothing state. Not even United Way dollars.

Thomas: We solely are able to do what we do with our community’s help and support. They bring in donations of in-kind and monetary all year long so we can continue to help feed and provide for the littlest in our community.

Austin: Enter juniors and seniors from Edmond Memorial High School and their class project.

Kim Walters: So this is 89 students, of first-years, and I have 145 students in marketing and DECA this year.

Austin: Kim Walters teaches marketing at Edmond Memorial High School and leads the school’s CareerTech student organization, DECA.

Walters: DECA is the student organization that is associated with the marketing programs. So marketing education has a number of different courses and career pathways that a student can take on, but DECA is that integral piece of the community service and competition and putting themselves out there in the real world that connects and links the classroom to the real world.

Austin: In this example, the project is linking these students to families who often need more than just supplies, who often need a bit of joy in their lives as well.

Mackenzie Golden: We have all of our first-years create a basket based on whatever they think. They can Pinterest it. They can come up with their own. We just have to have diapers or some kind of baby products in there.

Austin: Mackenzie Golden is a senior marketing student at Edmond Memorial.

Golden: See, with DECA it is all about marketing and showing stuff differently. So we just kind of take just a normal project and just kind of amp it up a little bit. Just to give it our Edmond Memorial, like, spin on everything.

Walters: There is a unit that I teach on promotion. And one of the elements in promotion is packaging. And we talk about the value of packaging, color, its importance to advertising. And they decided a theme for their baskets, and the common element had to be a package of diapers.

Austin: Because that is the need at Infant Crisis Services now. In years when they are running low on formula, that becomes the focus because at the end of the day, this lesson is still about helping. Edmond Memorial student Emma Perkins.

Emma Perkins: Our main goal was just to get as much baby stuff as possible, you know. And then, even though we had, like, a presentation, like, competition, it was mainly just bringing a lot of stuff that we can give the Infant Crisis Center.

Golden: It’s a good feeling to come here and see people picking out stuff, not knowing what if you helped someone or anything like that.

Walters: And so the students see that there is an opportunity for them to be on a teen board here, that they can come down here and volunteer. So once again it is connecting something that they learn in the classroom, they have been taught, and they are building a resume at the same time.

Austin: Fundamental stuff for students entering a competitive world.

Walters: Students have always wanted to put the pieces together. And what the real-world is now coming back and telling public education is it is vital that they have these real-world life skills. And it is important that they have the core subject areas. So we have got to find a way. We have got to make sure that these students are ready and willing and able to function in the world. And that is what CareerTech is all about. We bring in the real-world environment into the classroom.

Rob: Now, you can find out more about Infant Crisis Services on their website which we do have a link to at Now, when we return, remembering a man of service.