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UPDATED-Oklahoma Teacher Walkout: Resources for Parents and Children

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Resources for parents and children for child care and meals during the Oklahoma teacher walkout.

 

 

 

Free Child Care

Recreation Centers

4/6/18 UPDATE:

Beginning Monday, April 9, these three recreation centers will be open for school children (April 9-13 if the walkout continues during that time) weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Douglass Recreation Center, 900 N Frederick Douglass Ave., (405) 297-1416  (EMBARK Route 022 to MLK and Douglass plus 3 blocks)
  • Macklanburg Recreation Center, 2234 NW 117th Street, (405) 297-1428  (EMBARK Route 005 to NW 118thand Penn)
  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, 400 SW 66th Street, (405) 297-1449  (EMBARK Route 040 to SW 67th and Walker plus 3 blocks)

The other six recreation centers will still be open their normal weekday hours of 3-8:30 p.m.:

  • Melrose Recreation Center, 7800 W Melrose Lane, (405) 297-1431  (EMBARK Route 038 to Council and Melrose plus 3 blocks)
  • Minnis Lakeview Recreation Center, 12520 NE 36th Street, (405) 297-1432  (EMBARK Route 019 to NE 36thand Smith)
  • Pilot Recreation Center, 1435 NW 2nd Street, (405) 297-1438  (EMBARK Route 009 to Main and McKinley plus 2 blocks)
  • Pitts Recreation Center, 1920 N Kate Ave., (405) 297-1440  (EMBARK Route 002 to NE 20th and Lottie plus 2 blocks)
  • Schilling Recreation Center, 539 SE 25th Street, (405) 297-1442  (EMBARK Route 011 to SE 25th and Central pluls 2 blocks)
  • Sellers Recreation Center, 8301 S Villa Ave., (405) 297-1445  (EMBARK Route 016 to SW 82nd Penn plus 6 blocks)

From April 2-6, these nine recreation centers will be open for school children weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

  • Douglass Recreation Center, 900 N Frederick Douglass Ave., (405) 297-1416  (EMBARK Route 022 to MLK and Douglass plus 3 blocks)
  • Macklanburg Recreation Center, 2234 NW 117th Street, (405) 297-1428  (EMBARK Route 005 to NW 118thand Penn)
  • Melrose Recreation Center, 7800 W Melrose Lane, (405) 297-1431  (EMBARK Route 038 to Council and Melrose plus 3 blocks)
  • Minnis Lakeview Recreation Center, 12520 NE 36th Street, (405) 297-1432  (EMBARK Route 019 to NE 36thand Smith)
  • Pilot Recreation Center, 1435 NW 2nd Street, (405) 297-1438  (EMBARK Route 009 to Main and McKinley plus 2 blocks)
  • Pitts Recreation Center, 1920 N Kate Ave., (405) 297-1440  (EMBARK Route 002 to NE 20th and Lottie plus 2 blocks)
  • Schilling Recreation Center, 539 SE 25th Street, (405) 297-1442  (EMBARK Route 011 to SE 25th and Central pluls 2 blocks)
  • Sellers Recreation Center, 8301 S Villa Ave., (405) 297-1445  (EMBARK Route 016 to SW 82nd Penn plus 6 blocks)
  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, 400 SW 66th Street, (405) 297-1449  (EMBARK Route 040 to SW 67th and Walker plus 3 blocks)

Open to the public.   Daily care will be offered throughout the walkout, up to May 29 when summer programming begins. Pre-registration not required, but arrive early as there is limited availability and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Emergency contact forms must be filled out onsite. OKC Parks is working on a plan with OKCPS and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide meals for students.

The Parks Department intends to keep the extended operating hours until the walkout is over, or until May 29 when summer programming begins. Full-time and part-time staff will rearrange their schedules and potentially work extended hours to make the longer operating hours possible, giving local public school students a safe and engaging place to go in case of a walkout.

Information provided from the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation department 

 

Low Cost Child Care

 

The Boys & Girls Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County serves members aged 6-18* at a low cost of $10 for the year. Our afterschool programs are led by highly trained and dedicated staff that are committed to seeing members succeed in every possible area of their lives. Boys & Girls Clubs are not licensed day cares, but rather a club whose members can come and go. 405-521-9292 *Space may be limited and pre-registration is required.

Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma

Spring Camp has openings for girls in grades K-5 in Oklahoma City and in Edmond and will be offered M-F from 8:30 am4pm. Breakfast, lunch and a snack will be provided. A sliding scale will be used to determine cost. 405-528-4475 Click to Register

*Space may be limited and registration is required. 

 

Food

 

Bethany Public Schools

405-789-3801

*Bethany students are eligible for free sack lunches throughout the walkout. Lunches will be served Monday through Friday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

 

Cornerstone Church

9900 SE 15th

Midwest City, OK 73130

405-737-5599

*Meals available to any child age 18 or younger during length of teacher walkout. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 

Eastpointe Community Church

6801 S Anderson Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73150

405-737-4447

*Meals available to any child age 18 or younger during length of teacher walkout. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 

Infant Crisis Services

4224 N Lincoln Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK73105

405-528-3663

*Client families affected by the walkout can receive an additional food pack.  Call 405-528-3663 to make an appointment and/or inquire about client requirements.

 

Mid-Del Schools Administration Building

7217 SE 15th St

Midwest City, OK 73110

405-737-4461

*Meals available to any child age 18 or younger during length of teacher walkout. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 

Moore Public Schools

405-735-4200

*Any child age 18 and under in the Moore Public School’s attendance boundaries is eligible for free breakfast and lunch at the following school sites: Central, Fairview, Southgate, Bryant, Kelley, Sky Ranch, Kingsgate, Houchin, Santa Fe, Apple Creek, Plaza Towers, Northmoor, Winding Creek Elementary School, Central Junior High, Highland West Junior High and Moore West Junior High. More details, including meal start and end times, will be available after Spring Break.

 

OKCity Center

5731 NW 41st Warr Acres, OK 73122

*Free lunch from 11-1, and free snack and dinner 2:30-6:00

 

Oklahoma City Public Schools

OKCPS will provide meals at no cost at various locations to our students using school buses throughout Oklahoma City and Spencer for the first five (5) days of the potential walkout. A comprehensive list of daily meal pick-up locations is shared on this page. The district will assess its ability to continue this service if the walkout extends beyond five (5) days based upon participation in the meal delivery program.

 

Putnam City Schools

Free breakfast and lunch will be served to all Putnam City children age 18 and under. At each designated school, breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon. Designated schools that will be open to district students for these meals are:

  • Arbor Grove Elementary, 4711 N. Tulsa
  • Hilldale Elementary, 4801 N.W. 16.
  • Ralph Downs Elementary, 7501 N. Hefner
  • Tulakes Elementary, 6600 N. Galaxie
  • Western Oaks Elementary, 7210 N.W. 23rd
  • Wiley Post Elementary, 6920 Britton Road

 

Sunnylane Family Church

4221 SE 41st St

Del City, OK 73115

405-677-0631

*Meals available to any child age 18 or younger during length of teacher walkout. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 

Sunnylane United Methodist Church

2020 S Sunnylane Rd

Oklahoma City, OK 73115

405-677-3347

*Meals available to any child age 18 or younger during length of teacher walkout. Breakfast served from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

 

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Kristin Williamson

In Oklahoma City, born and raised, in the backyard is where I spent most of my days.
Chillin' out, reading, playing with the dogs, or climbing up trees or trying to catch frogs.
When I was a little older, but still in school,
I started looking around for a job that I thought might be cool.
I tried music stores, Starbucks, office jobs, and then finally....I thought, "Nah, forget those...Let's try the library."

I started as a page in Edmond and then it became clear,
This was the greatest job, and not just for Senior year.
Over the next several years, I moved up through the system.
From page, to circ clerk, to librarian for children.
I went and got my Masters in LIS;
I kept working hard and trying to do my best.

Now I still do programs and school visits and festivals,
Work with the community and sometimes train other professionals,
Help plan summer reading, every day is just a peach.
And that's what I do as the Children's Coordinator in Outreach

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