CASC Scholars Leading by Example
Members of the Carl Albert State College Scholars Program have chosen to assist the Pervasive Parenting Center’s Sensitive Santa project this holiday season.
The Sensitive Santa project is in its fourth year. Thru the Pervasive Parenting Center, sessions with Santa are made available for children with autism and other disabilities to visit with Santa in a laid-back environment.
According to Jennifer Humphreys, one of the Scholars Program advisors, “Kodey Toney is the director of the Pervasive Parenting Center and he explained to us that for children with sensory issues, this programs offers a calm, quiet opportunity to meet with Santa.” The Sensitive Santa events are scheduled in Stigler, Poteau, and Sallisaw. Each event is a come-and-go session and will include milk and cookies, story time, a gift bag with sensory toys and resource material, and if children want, time to visit with Santa. The CASC students’ support of the project includes the collection of enough items to create 50 bags to donate to the project.
Humphreys shared, “The scholars program is built upon servant leadership, so the students are constantly searching for new community service ideas. It is always amazing to see the compassion and impact these young leaders have in our community!” She continued, “We are proud to see our students leading by example.”