The purpose of the Kids University (KU) is to help children in our community learn the aspects of good nutrition, strengthen academic skills, and to foster teamwork as they work together developing a student garden.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Six -

To build these character traits we centered this summer's activities around the Fruits of the Spirit.
This summer semester was six weeks of fun as we directed activities towards growing in character and treating each other with kindness.
Mercedes and Mylea sharing teamwork in the Faithfulness shirt

Arts and crafting with old CDs and Buttons

Choosing JOY in serving as we made blessing bags for the homeless

Serving others brings out the happiest of times for each KU Kiddo

Mrs. Missy is a pro at helping us create 9-patch squares with our names.

Spelling it out- the trait we best show in our lives.

Josh and Mr. Randy helped their would-be carpenters make the most awesome cutting boards.
Christian's response, "I'm passing this on to my kids some day."  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spring Semester - In the Books

24 kids and 10 interns and 12 adult facilitators

The picture above shows our awesome interns -- they were God - sent and I don't say that lightly.

It was a rowdier evening --A few things I learned --
 1. Groups - groups -- groups keep the evening saner
 2.  Even the big people like ice cream 
 3.  Kids LOVE Gak!!
 4.  Doing an art type project with 24 at once is crazy but they did love making a coupon book for their mommas
 5. The kids were touched by the letters from their interns.  Watching them open their envelopes with anticipation was touching.  Several of their Intern buddies had written their notes days ahead of time.
6. We're all ready to rest between semesters - to re-group- renew- plan and recycle our energy! LOL

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Finishing Strong

As we wrap up our Spring Semester, our theme is "Finishing Strong".  We posed several challenges to our students and with the intern's help were able to help our KU students strive to give their best performance at the various physical contests.  We then discussed who it is that wants us to finish strong as we wrap up our school year.  Their college helpers organized a challenge run with plenty of cheers and bravos along the way.

The students were reminded that the kind of dedication and commitment that they have experienced with their TCC "Buddies" is what it takes to finish strong.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Last night Officer Steve Dickson, the father of our intern, Justice Dickson came to visit us and share with our KU kids important ideas of personal safety.  A long-time member of the Tulsa Police force, Officer Dickson explained to them how important it is to remember that those people who LOOK the safest may not BE safe people to trust.
We got to ask all sorts of questions.  We especially liked hearing about his canine partners

We thought the squad car was the neatest!!!

We left knowing that we were well protected by our Tulsa Police Force!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Welcome 2017 - A Shout Out to BeSew Inn

Kids University began its 6th year with our Spring Session on Jan. 11, welcoming a full house of 18-24 students each week. Twelve TCC Interns joined our ranks on Jan 18th and were met eagerly by our KU Kids!  Each semester the students look forward to the new friendships that form between them and these dedicated college students. 

Students start the evening checking in with Mr. John and shirting up with Mrs. Janet.

They then move to Round-up and Academics with Mrs. Jan and Mr. Terry.  Not all our children arrive on time but we gladly enlarge our circles to include them!
 This year we have four centers to choose from:  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Activities, Carpentry, Sewing & Foods Lab.  It's a hard choice!

Our college students assist in all of the activities and carry out the games with loads of energy. The one -on-one mentoring in the academic tutoring, STEM challenges and the various group sessions are such tremendous confidence builders for these children.

The tower challenge captivated our students interest for a long period of time.
Boat building and buoyancy with Mrs. Janet (our retired Jenks Science & English Teacher -- we ALL learn from her)
We paired up interns and students to build the best boats!

Austin and Mr. John (a retired engineer & winning soccer coach) test the weight of the bridge students built in a STEM activity.

Not all our STEM projects perform as anticipated.  Watching the children's eyes as they wait for the outcome and test the strength of their project, competing with the other students is priceless.  Winning brings no other reward than just knowing you and a TCC "Buddy" used your creative skills to master a plan!

Mr. T and the PVC
BSew Inn responding to a grant request, supplied 6 GREAT sewing machines - fully serviced and ready to use.  Our students are enjoying the experience of learning to sew and are eager to start their pillow projects.  We are forever grateful and overwhelmed at their generosity!!

Missy Torres graciously gave us three wonderful machines from her collection! 

 Mrs. Janet and Missy are experts at helping these young girls learn to manipulate their machine, practice stitching while staying safe at the same time. Our young men are asking when THEIR turn will be at the machines.

With carpentry skills they have learned, these youngsters are more confident with a saw and nail gun.  They are extremely proud of their bird houses as a young artist comes in and helps them stencil and paint them.  

All our KU Kids enjoy Foods Lab where they prepare the snack for all the students and Interns.

Terry and Andrew, one of our interns, have been building a Wikiup to help our KU Kids learn about early Native American housing.  We share property on 28 wooded acres and this enables these children a safe and beautiful place to explore and enjoy God's wonderful creation.

We now have our own classroom space- what we call our KU Klub House -- where all our teaching supplies can be placed and our activities are housed.  

So much fun, so much one-on-one mentoring and teaching. Students and Helpers leave each evening eager for the next session.

Special thanks to Keith and Lora Ober-Thorn, Kennedy & Lucas, Paula Miller, John and Janet Main, Randy and Josh McGlothlin, Brian Krick, Missy and Evers Torres!  We can't wait for Mrs. Mary Lou to return in mid-March.  We wouldn't have KU without all of you!!!  Justice Dickson (pictured making PBJ's in foods lab) has returned to fulfill a 2nd internship! YOU ALL ARE ROCK STARS!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

A Tremendous Fall

Summer session was exciting with a visiting artist - Mrs. Robin Barbour

Officer Brandon Smith from Tulsa Police Department came to KU to teach us about staying safe.

.  We began our Fall session on Aug. 31 and 12-20 Kids join us each Wednesday night.

We have soccer with Mr. John and Mr. Keith -   Mr. John, our retired Engineer works well with Math and engineering ideas.  The guys respond well to his instructions.  

 We all enjoy Science and Crafts with Mrs. Janet.  She taught us all about brown bears and led us on a Bear Hunt Activity.

Carpentery Class with Mr. Randy and Josh is HUGE!!!  The younger guys love learning about tools and know that the bird houses they are building will be the best.

Girls all want to be in Mrs. Lora's Foods Lab!

Mr. Bryan Krick always joins us during the evening and gets to spend great talk time with our kids strengthening their learning.

Four wonderful interns from TCC who have enabled us to enjoy time in gymnastics and other games.

fWe looking forward to sewing again soon with Mrs. Jan.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Kids University - 5th Year -- Our KU Kids Are Growing Up!!!

2015 was the year that hit Kids University the hardest.  With the help of Lora Obert-Thorn and her kids, Caity King and her grandmother, Madge, Terry was able to keep things moving well during the Spring Session.
Terry's health issues were magnified with March thyroid surgery that caused him to have to scale back and my breast cancer journey kept me away from KU for over nine months.  We came back in late Fall to our kids with the strategy that we could best serve them by concentrating our efforts on those students whose mothers were involved in the mother's class led by one of the KU moms, Kim Beard.

Many of these children have been with us the entire five years and we felt that their academic, social, spiritual and physical needs were where we needed to focus.
Elisha started as a 3 yr old 

Mercedes loves cooking and has a special gift for Bible memory
P J wants to take a step up and become a leader.  

You'll notice that our students love the fruit smoothies they make!!!!

We average 8-12 students a night with this new format and we enjoy devoting our entire energies to their growth and development.

Some of our students have graduated to the Jr Hi /High Youth Group which meets at the same time.  Arissa Honore, our first and most consistent attender these past five years and Tiara Watkins joined LPCF's middle school / high school students who meet at the same time as KU.
Arissa and Campbell on that very first day of summer KU June 2012.

Tiara started with us at age 8 and now sings on the Praise Team at LPCF

Always wanting the students to experience the beautiful property that we get to enjoy, Terry with the help of Jimmy Clanton and Eric Miller constructed a Teepee on the property last Fall

Before it was toppled it -- the kids were able to experience what life might have been life on this very property some 200 years ago.

Our activities have a Bibilical application in an effort to help the Kids learn that all of life is about God and enjoying His world.  We believe that where we are located helps us to maximize that concept on these 48 acres.

Encourage one another -- a Teamwork Activity -- using our most positive communication with each other to build a structure using all the PVC pieces.

The students weren't quite sure where to start

Christiana consistently kept them working 
Complete!  Now what is it?  They quickly converted a PVC pipe to a limbo bar and a game was in process!

Christ love compels / controls us:  The forward thrust in our lives is like the power of Jesus love in us -- we took water bottles -- attached popcycle sticks for stabilizers (and the kids had to decide what stabilized our lives) -- poured vinegar and a sleeve of baking powder we dropped in.  Cork it -- shake it and blast off!  We played with our rockets for the longest time!!!

Our Rocket Launchers - we followed it up with ICE CREAM TREATS!

Not every experiment or activity is successful - (last week's Pinterest homemade bubble recipe was a "dud")  but the discussions that come from these projects - bring depth to our relationships with these kids.  Some of them stop by for 2-3 times and then it may be 3-6 months before we see them again as they move often or stay with grandparents only in the summer.

TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, HARD WORK AND SERVICE are the four core values that this summer session is revolving around.

Our key verse is Col. 3:23 -- Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord.

Our kids are learning to sew on a machine and make a quilt for the homeless in our area.  Guys and girls alike want to try their hand at stitching.

Lora Obert-Thorn has been an integral part with KU for the past four years.  We were thrilled that this last week she was joined by her husband, Keith,who partneredbwith Terry in giving guidance and support for the young guys in helping them set goals and grow into Godly manhood.
After a rousing game of indoor volleyball (sitting on your pockets - using only your feet) - they led the guys in discussion about becoming leaders and taking a step up.

FOOD PREP is always a hit -- filling tummies with something cool and refreshing in this heat is important.  The guys love to get in on helping just as much as the girls.