The Norman Transcript


January 22, 2014

CASP reaching 40 years



The Be Smart program is a literacy tutoring program that provides 30 minutes of tutoring twice a week.

Additionally, the nonprofit started a Homework Club two years ago for third- through fifth-graders at Kennedy and Wilson elementaries. Two times a week, students can work on their homework with a tutor.

Brenda Birdsong, director of child services, said parents should consider CASP as an option because all CASP activities occur on site at the child’s school.

“There is no need for transportation,” she said. “Students can stay comfortable in a familiar environment.”

Craig, whose son attended CASP before she joined the organization, said in her experience as both a parent and director, she has always been impressed by the staff.

“Our staff is amazing,” Craig said. “Most of our staff is made up of college students who are education, child services or psychology majors, so they really care about the students.”

Children in CASP shared praise for their teachers in the “What I Like About CASP” display. One Lakeview Elementary student, Alaina, wrote that her favorite thing about CASP was everything.

Another Lakeview Elementary student, Gregory, wrote, “That all the CASP mebers (sic) and staf (sic) are nice to me. I have made meny (sic) friends. CASP has been trooly (sic) the best experience ever. I want to stay here forever.”

The Community After School Program will host its 40-year celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. March 1 at Crosspointe Church. The event is open to the public and will have hot dogs, a bouncy house and small carnival games for attendees.

CASP accepts volunteers and donations. Individuals may volunteer weekly with Be Fit or Be Smart or volunteer with the organization one time.

For more information, visit or call 573-3512. To donate, visit and click on the “donate” button.

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