The flu is now considered widespread in 43 states and hospitalization rates for the illness are climbing according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children are especially at risk in Oklahoma, where the CDC reports influenza is "widespread" as of the last week of 2014.
When Jean Hendrickson discovered A+ Schools back in 2001, her eyes were opened to a new kind of framework she knew could dramatically change the state of education in Oklahoma.
In many ways, Kelly Caven is like every other mom. She wakes up in the middle of the night with her toddler son, packs a diaper bag before she leaves the house to be ready for anything and never stops thinking about his health and well-being. But for Kelly, these steps could save her son's life.
Cold weather has arrived in Oklahoma City, which is a great time to review fire safety tips. The American Red Cross reports they respond to about 170 home fires a day in the U.S. That's one fire every eight seconds! They provide these tips to prevent home fires:
Oklahoma has one of the highest divorce rates in the country, but state lawmakers hope to make life a little smoother for minor children with divorcing parents. A new Oklahoma law went into effect Nov. 1 that will require divorcing parents with minor children (under 18) to take a co-parenting class to better understand the impact of divorce on children.
While most Oklahomans may feel the Ebola crisis in West Africa is far away, the cause hits close to home for Edmond natives Jerome and Shanna Crawford. The couple co-founded a nonprofit organization called Komeo International Ministries in 2010 to aid orphans at Sierra Leone’s Wellington Orphanage. Shanna visited the orphanage more than a dozen times and Jerome visited six times before decided to move the family—themselves and their six children—there to live full-time for about two years.
Oklahoma has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the country. Most recent statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections reveal there are 26,194 incarcerated individuals in Oklahoma. Many of those people are parents, and their children are profoundly impacted.
On our cover this month, you see the bright faces of Ava and Olivia Chapman, Kate Folmar, Delaney O’Brien and Andie Wedel, first graders at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Edmond.