2022 September We Are Sand Springs Magazine

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From the Editor

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Letter From SSPS Superintendent Sherry Durkee

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Calendar of Events

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Sand Springs Spook-tacular

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Where Are They Now?

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Places to Study in Sand Srings

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Sand Springs BMX

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Sa n dite Fo otball Va rsity S che dule

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Flying G Ranch Feature

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74063: How to be a Sandite with Coach Bobby Klinck

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For Pet's Sake: Sand Springs Animal Welfare

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Sand Springs Community Services

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Mental Health Check-in: Reducing the Stigma

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Fall Recipes

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An Autumn Poem

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Picture Perfect: S.S. Photo Submissions

S.S.Photo Submission By Christi Hollon - Lake Life


One of my favorite things to do in Sand Springs is people watch. Whether I am at church, about town, at a public event or a youth game, Sandites NEVER disappoint. There are alway people to find that are giving of their time, space, money, energy, and heart and those people are who I am always looking for in my people watching time. I want to catch those moments happen! The moments of significance. I know that as the fall festivities and busyness of life starts back up it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and irritable. As a mom of three of all ages, business owner and volunteer… I promise I can relate. Can I encourage you? When you feel like your world is moving too fast, slow down and watch a Sandite. Choose to look for these moments I’ve mentioned. The reuniting of an elementary teacher and a high schooler in a QT, the deep worship of someone that is truly grateful, the skipping of kids simply excited about life, the conversation between parents sharing their prayers and concerns with each other, the encouragement of strangers.. and the list goes on.. These moments will make you smile I am most certain about that. Sandites, you are so good! You love big and care deeply. I love our community!

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he last few weeks have taunted us with sporadic rain fall and temperatures dipping into the low 70’s. The cool refreshing breeze through the Oklahoma trees brings about a familiar smell of simple days, like a refreshing conversation with an old friend or a hug from someone you love. There’s no fear of heat stroke to distract you or the smell of melting asphalt its a glorious time to slow down on your evening walk and enjoy the change of the seasons. This year, we want to encourage you that while your calendars may get full with kids events, holiday gatherings and fall break mini vacations, try to take a moment and slow down. Slow down. Breath in the fresh Autumn air. Create memories with your loved ones.

S.S.Photo Submission By Jessica Hampton - Keystone Lake

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welcome to a NEW school year, sandites.

CENTRAL NINTH GRADE CENTER REMODEL The remodel of our old Central Ninth Grade Center is well underway. The building now houses our Enrollment Center and Child Nutrition Department. As remodels continue, all central administrative services will be located in that building.

This project brings a visionary future to the site while maintaining the charm and history of the building. The leadership of our Board of Education, along with community participation, enhances the learning climate in our district. Our team places an extremely high value on our greatest resource: our children!

DONORS CHOOSE DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP

SHERRY DURKEE SUPERINTENDENT SAND SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS The start of school is a thrilling time of possibilities – new friends, new teachers, new ideas – and I can’t wait to see what this year brings. We are committed to making our district the best it can be for all students and are always open to ways we can #REIMAGINE and improve! But before we begin the new school year, let’s take a look back at some of the many highlights from the 2021-22 school year.

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In October, we announced our new district partnership with DonorsChoose, a crowdfunding platform for classroom projects. Thanks to this new partnership, our educators, and our donors, our district was able to raise $42,851! This funding allowed teachers to purchase musical instruments, graphing boards, art supplies, and so much more.

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS All five of our elementary schools were named 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools. Angus Valley Elementary, Garfield STEAM Academy, Limestone Technology Academy, Northwoods Fine Arts Academy, and Pratt Elementary are some of only 282 schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. Through our partnership with PLTW, our outstanding elementary educators have made STEM education opportunities more accessible to the students of our district.


TULSA WORLD’S BEST IN THE BURBS Sand Springs Public Schools was named Best Public School in Tulsa World’s Best in the Burbs Contest. This contest celebrates the top businesses in the communities surrounding Tulsa, and we are thrilled to receive this recognition. The winner was decided by public vote, and I could not be more thankful to our supportive community. I am also deeply grateful for our dedicated teachers and staff. They are the ones who make this district exceptional, and they earned this award.

DIGITAL MEDIA & BROADCASTING PATHWAY With the addition of the Jumbotron at Memorial Stadium, we are reviving and rebranding the Sandite TV program through our Sandite Athletics YouTube channel. The Jumbotron should be ready for the first home football game and came complete with digital media curriculum allowing us to add another program for students to access. With the addition of a few staff members, students will be able to learn about the creation of digital media, the art of sports broadcasting, and digital streaming.

TCC EDGE: EARN A DEGREE, GRADUATE EARLY In April, we announced the acceptance of 10 eighth grade students into EDGE: Earn a Degree, Graduate Early, a partnership between SSPS and Tulsa Community College. EDGE students graduate high school at the same time they earn an associate degree from TCC, at no charge to the student. Upon graduation, students are on their way to a bachelor’s degree two years ahead of their peers. The students from our very first EDGE cohort begin their preparatory classes this year. After this year, they will earn college credits. SSPS and TCC will provide additional support to these students as they advance toward their associate degree. This is such a unique, wonderful opportunity for the students of our district, thanks to our partnership with TCC.

ESPORTS Our district is adding Esports as an additional extracurricular activity for students to choose. After a student interest survey and team tryouts, we will start the year with 24 students participating in the first season of Esports. This competitive activity is sanctioned by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association and will follow all guidelines of this organization. This will open up a whole new set of opportunities for college scholarships and career pathways for our students.

C E N T R A L A D M I N I S T R AT I V E S E RV I C E S This year we look forward to the completion of the Central Administrative Services project. This historic building that recently housed our Freshman students has been transformed into a centralized location for student enrollment and our Virtual Academy. At the completion of the project all administrative services will be under one roof. This will include a Professional Development Lab, the Office of the Superintendent, our Finance Department, Special Education Services, Federal Programs, 21st Century Program, Textbook Depository, and the Board of Education.

LOOKING FORWARD Last year was full of growth and milestones, and the 2022-23 school year looks to be just as exciting. Our Highway 97 Rivalry has a new trophy and a new sponsor: American Heritage Bank. Charles Page High School will debut our first-ever ESports team. Renovation of the Central Ninth Grade Center will near completion. But most importantly, whatever this year brings, our outstanding educators will continue to provide the best possible learning experience for our students.

Thank you for joining us on this adventure, and GO SANDITES!

Superintendent Sand Springs Public Schools

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LOCAL EVENTS IN SAND SPRINGS

SEPT 11

oct 16

PATRIOT'S DAY

KEYSTONE FOREST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG DAY

GRANDPARENT'S DAY TAPPING PRACTICE

SEPT 2 ASTRONOMY NIGHT AT KEYSTONE FOREST 7:30PM

SEPT 3 KEYSTONE FOREST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG DAY QUILT NUTS THREAD DISPENSER CLASS 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. ANGUS CHURCH PAINTING WITH PURPOSE 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M.

CIRCLE, A DAY WITH THE INSTRUCTORS AT NATURAL HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER 9 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

oct 19 oct 1 PUMPKIN PATCHES OPEN KEYSTONE FOREST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG DAY

SEPT 14 ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

oct 3 1ST 6 WEEKS GRADE REPORTS OUT

sept 17 WINN'S ON THE WATER AT PIER 51 - 7 P.M

ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

oct 23 BOO AT CASE PARK

OCT 26 ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

oct 5 ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

oct 31st HALLOWEEN

SEPT 20 sept 4 SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!

NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

OCT 6 - 9 SAND SPRINGS COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS: THE NERD

SEPT 21 SEPT 5 LABOR DAY

KEYSTONE FOREST HIKE WITH YOUR DOG DAY ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

SEPT 7 ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

SSPS PARENT / TEACHER DISTRICT CONFERENCES

oct 12 sept 24 PHB ACCOUSTIC WINN'S ON THE WATER AT PIER 51 - 6 P.M

SEPT 9 2022 SS CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT AT THE CANYONS AT BLACKJACK RIDGE 8 A.M.

oct 10 - 11

SEPT 28 ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

SSPS END OF FIRST QUARTER ADULT SKATE NIGHT SKATES ROLLERTAINMENT 8 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

oct 12 - 14 SSPS FALL BREAK

SEPT 10 ELABORATE HOAX AT HARBOR GRILL 8 P.M.

Weather may affect times and dates of events. Please contact the event organizer directly with questions. For a full list of events in Sand Springs visit our website.

We want to know what’s happening in our town! To submit events that you know about happening in the Sand Springs area and be included in the next issue of We Are Sand Springs, email info@wearesandsprings.com or use the form to submit on our website at wearesandsprings.com/calendar-2.

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SPOOK-TACULAR It's that time of year again. The kids are going back to school, football season is in full swing and the leaves are starting to change colors. Many claim fall as their all time favorite season. The cool weather that sweeps through our town serves as a reminder that the fun fall festivities are about to begin. Lay out your flannel shirts and dust off those fall boots, because it's time for pumpkin patches, hayrides and trunk-or-treats. Kick of the season by visiting one of the local pumpkin patches. While there are many pumpkin patches throughout Oklahoma, Sand Springs is home to some of the best. Pleasant Valley farms offers an array of free activities like duck races, corn mazes, pumpkin drawing, kid’s calf head roping, pumpkin checkers and so much more. In addition to the free activities, there are also some activities that are worth the price. Play into your family’s competitive spirit and participate in pumpkin chunkin or a heated game of mini golf. Take the family on a one mile scenic hayride or get your steps in by going through the fifteen acre corn maze. Remember to record the memories by taking advantage of the photo opportunities throughout the farm. You can visit the patch any day in October Monday through Saturday 10am-7pm or Sundays noon-7pm. The Patch at Sand Springs is a local favorite. This pumpkin patch is a local and family-owned business. The family recently expanded to include a pumpkin patch in Glenpool. Operating since 2011, The Patch has served the fall decor and pumpkin needs of Sand Springs and surrounding areas. You can plan your kiddos fall birthday party or even take a field trip with your organization. This patch features unlimited fun for kids! Experience water duck races, a tube slide, inflatables and don’t forget the petting zoo. Bring the kids on the weekend and let them experience their first pony ride. All of these activities can be found at both Sand Springs and Glenpool locations. You can visit The Patch any day in October from 9am-7pm. Pumpkins are awesome, but nothing beats Halloween. Trick-or-treating, haunted houses and endless amounts of candy give us good fall vibes, but they fail in comparison to how the Churches of Sand Springs do Halloween. Say goodbye to October by taking the family to the infamous Boo at Case. This annual event ends October with a bang. Get out those family costumes that took all your blood sweat and tears. Showcase them as you partake in this community event that is fun for the whole family. Be prepared to see the decked out trunks and don't forget those trick or treat baskets to collect all that candy. Boo at Case Park will be on October 23, 2022. Oct 2022 | WeAreSandSprings.com 9


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Local Lives is our way of sharing your story, Sand Springs. The goal of our Local Lives interviews is to connect our community of Sand Springs through inspiration and positivity. We want to hear your life story or part of it at least! How has this wonderful community led you to where you are today? Local Lives promotes

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Positivity Local Stories Life Advice Encouragement Unity

To watch the interviews of Local Lives, visit our YouTube page at We Are Sand Springs. Are you passionate about something or have some awesome wisdom you want to share with our community? We want to hear from you! Email your stories to info@wearesandsprings.com


SAND SPRINGS EDUC 26TH ANNUAL As we jump back into full swing of the school

learning opportunities for the students in the Sand

schedule the Sand Springs Education Foundation

Springs district. One of the ways the foundation is

has rustled up a calendar of activities for the fall

currently doing that is through their 26th Annual Golf

semester. The SSEF serves as a private partner

Tournament on September 19th at the Tulsa Country

of the Sand Springs Public Schools that provides

Club. They are still registering teams and hole

grants to support programs and teaching projects

sponsors at this time. The Annual Golf Tournament

for which funds are not available from federal, state

is a great way to network, give back to the Sand

and local sources. The foundation has been helping

Springs community and raise funds for the future

district teachers for over 30 years. Grants have been

of our school district. As Tirita Montross says, “We

secured to purchase special equipment while others

would love to see you Tee Up for Education!”

have been used to implement innovative projects which emphasize new teaching approaches for their students.

You

can

become

a

sponsor

or

register

your team by visiting their website at: http:// sandspringseducationfoundation.com/eventdetail.

It’s the goal of the SSEF to help enhance the

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CATION FOUNDATION GOLF CLASSIC where are they now

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At the beginning of August, I set out on a quest to find the best study spots in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. On this journey, I visited many of the locations recommended by my fellow Sandites on social media. From the epic heights of Boulder Coffee to the secluded sanctuary at Case Community Park, I am excited to share "oh, the places I went." So whether it's a big test or you need a spot to camp out and hunker down on some work. I am here to tell you some of the best places to GET IT DONE in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

Places to Study in Sand Springs

Case Community Park Maybe you are easily distracted, and you need a completely secluded place. Grab a lunchbox, head to Case Community Park, and find a spot underneath a tree. Although WiFi is limited, this is a great place to hunker down and do some textbook reading or finish up an art project in one of the most peaceful places in Sand Springs. If WiFi is an issue, there's nothing a personal hotspot can't fix! Don't forget to take a break, crack open the lunch box, and enjoy the eloquent sounds of nature. Nothing beats the breeze, books, and vitamin stu(D)y.

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Starting with Boulder Coffee, Boulder's ambient

Reasors' Cafe is a little nook located in Reasor's

environment allows your brain to function at maximum

and is what I like to claim as the perfect backup

capacity. With an endless supply of WiFi and caffeine,

study location. As you make your way to the Reasor's

Boulder has the essentials to get the work done and

Cafe, purchase a snack-size watermelon pack and

GET IT DONE fast. If you plan to camp out there for

a sandwich from their deli, then get to work in their

a couple of hours, I recommend ordering what I like

Cafe! If you need a brain break, take a lap around

to call the study package, a Darkside Latte with a

Reasor's every once in a while and try something new

decadent chocolate chip muffin. The Darkside Latte

to snack on. This environment is much quieter than

is one of their most flavourful caffeinated drinks. So

Boulder Coffee due to the location in the store but

if you're looking for a local coffee shop to study at,

beware of noisy shoppers and the PA system. So

visit Boulder Coffee and thrive in the busy yet cozy

when you find yourself gazing into a coffee shop with

environment that Boulder offers.

no space, remember, Reasor's Cafe is just around the corner.

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SAND SPRINGS BMX It's no secret that Sandites are

limits of existing tricks. Matt

expertise. If you want to learn

veterans of the outdoors. If there

dedicated his life to BMX on and

to ride or if you are trying to

is an activity to be done outside,

off the track sitting as president of

reach new heights, they aim to

Sand Springs will find it and do it

the International BMX Federation.

provide guidance and comradery.

well! Bicycling is a fun pastime for

Sand Springs isn’t far behind

Standard races aren’t the only

the entire family, but what if you wanted to add some adrenaline to it?

regarding BMX talent. This sport must run in Oklahoman blood because,

this

past

year

two

BMX is a unique sport with a

local sandites worked their way

longstanding history. However,

up to competing on team USA.

many don’t know that BMX is

Jase Marang and Brooklyn Riley

special to Oklahoma in a specific

brought the heat to the 2022

way. Matt Hoffman is one of the

BMX Racing World Challenge in

key players in BMX history in the

France. Jase made it to Eighths

United States and he was born

and Brooklyn made it to Semis at

in Oklahoma in 1972. He was a

Worlds.

natural from the beginning, he is known for creating his own moves as well as pushing the height

SSBMX seasoned

thing

SSBMX

brings

to

the

community. They also host clinics and off track races for riders. One of the best things about SSBMX is that they are there to celebrate the accomplishments at all levels. That is probably why SSBMX has been recognized as one of Tulsa’s best places to go outside. For

more

information

you

can visit the SSBMX Website or isn’t rider,

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for

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stay updated by following their Facebook Page.

something for all levels of biking

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et's take a journey to Lotsee, Oklahoma, a town known for its stray dogs, nuts, and helping the local community. A town

has grown 200% since 2010, from a population of 2 in 2010 to 4 in 2022. With 2,000 acres, Lotsee, Oklahoma, is home to few but is a destination spot to many. People from around the world visit the ranch. Lotsee Spalding partners with the Tulsa Global Alliance to give people around the world opportunities to tour the ranch. She's hosted

people from Bosnia, Ukraine, Egypt, and many other nations to show them her farm, take them horseback riding, and enjoy her delectable pecans. Who would've known that the smallest town in Oklahoma would host many nations? On days when people around the world are not visiting, you will find Lotsee's daughter Arron, who happens to be this town's mayor, running the Nut Shop with her husband and giving horse riding lessons during her spare time.

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PEE-CONS OR PEE-CANS? "Pee-can is what's underneath grandma's bed." Mike Spalding says when asked about the debate on how to pronounce "pecan correctly." Located in downtown Lotsee, Oklahoma resides the famous Nut Shop. While the Nut Shop is on the property, the orchard is a little ways away in Joplin, Oklahoma. The orchard is a whopping 600 acres and produces, on average, 500,000 pounds of pecans per harvest. Isn't that nuts? That's the equivalent of 18.5 empty concrete trucks. These pecans are then transported over to Lotsee and proceed to be cracked and packaged. The Nut Shop is the home of some of the most decadent nuts in Oklahoma. Grown and packaged locally, pecans of all varieties, you name it, they have it! Take an adventure and try it all! I recommend the chocolate-covered amaretto pecans, but be careful because once you dance with these decadent delicacies, you cannot stop. Flying G Ranch is not only home to the best pecans in Oklahoma but also houses hundreds of years of history in the shop itself. The Nut Shop doubles as a museum full of artifacts of the town's unique history. Decades of memories and adventures everywhere you look within the four walls. So next time you go to the Nut Shop, take a second to ask Lotsee about the doughboy statue or the Canoe she has hanging above the cash register.

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The 13th Annual Hannah Christian and Cassidy Rotramel 2 Angels Toy Run will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022. This tremendous event honors the lives and builds on the legacy of two teenage girls from our community whose lives were tragically lost in an auto accident in 2010. The benefit of this event reaches many needs, including scholarships for Charles Page High School students and toys for needy children at Christmastime. Sponsorships are available for the event at several levels. Proceeds from event sponsorships go to provide college scholarships for Charles Page High School Students in honor of Hannah and Cassidy. Because of your generous support for the 2021Toy Run, $8,000 scholarships were awarded to two students at Charles Page High School. Would you consider one of the following sponsorships for this worthy cause this year? All donations are taxdeductible. SPONSORSHIP LEVELS 1. PLATINUM $750 donation– For your sponsorship, you or your company will receive prominent placement of a large logo on the event T-shirt (over 500 printed and distributed), 5 Toy run T-shirts to distribute as you please, logo placement on all flyers for the event (distributed to area car and motorcycle clubs as well as local businesses and schools), verbal mention on the day of the event at the awards ceremony, mentions on social media as platinum sponsors of the event, booth space at the registration end of the event, and other benefits 2. GOLD $500 – You or your company will receive placement of your logo on the event T-shirt, 3 Toy Run T-shirts to distribute as you please, logo placement on flyers for the event, verbal mention on the day of the event, occasional mention on social media, booth space at the registration end of the event, and other benefits 3. SILVER $250 – You or your company will receive placement of your logo on the event T- shirt, 2 Toy Run T-shirts to distribute as you please, logo placement or mention in some publications advertising for the event, and other benefits. 4. BRONZE $100 – You or your company will receive placement of your name on the event T-shirt and 1 Toy Run T-shirt to distribute as you please. 5. Door Prize Donor Logos will be one color on the backside of the shirt. The logo must be received as a 2.5-inch by 5-inch jpg, gif, or png file with 300 dpi resolution. Logos can be submitted via email to Toyrun@churchthatmatters.comor delivered on a disk/flash drive to Church That Matters - 3 W. 41st St. in Sand Springs. The logo must be received no later than Monday, September 26th, at 5 p.m. Earlier submissions benefit from the advanced distribution of publications, flyers, and social media posts.

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Are Sand Springs Magazine is all about experiencing life through the eyes of a Sandite. Who better show us than Football Coach Bobby Klinck. In true Sand Springs fashion we sent Coach Klinck out with $74.63 and told him to live the life of a Sandite to the fullest. He was then told to report back with how awesome his day was.

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To set a productive tone for the weekend (and hopefully the season), Coach Klinck started off by watching practice film from the day prior. To be able to keep his eyes peeled on the players, he needed the right environment and a dose of caffeine. He headed over to Boulder and ordered his caffeine fix in its truest form, black coffee.


After caffeine comes sustenance. Stopping in at Crescent Cafe, he ordered a Supreme Omelet with biscuits and gravy… and more coffee. This cafe of choice holds sentimental value for Coach Klinck. He states “My parents used to meet for lunch here when my mother worked nearby”. Next up on the agenda is some rewinding. He went out to The Canyons at Black Jack Ridge. Needing to look the part, he got himself a new golf hat and rewound by hitting a bucket of balls stating, “This is one of the coolest golf courses you can play in the area”. Closing out the day involved a honey-do. Tasked by his wife he made a stop at Signs and Stitches to get his 3.5 year old Keller and 1.5 year old Kasen shirts for the season. He thoroughly enjoyed using his creativity skills by picking out the designs.

$4.83 Coffee..Black! $14.11 Sustenance and more caffeine provided by Crescent Cafe $22.17 Hat and development of golf skills at The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge $45.11 Customized T Shirts for kiddos from Signs and Stitches As you can clearly see, Coach Klinck just couldn’t hold himself back from all that Sand Springs has to offer and he spent $11.59 over (that's okay Klinck we have a hard time choosing too!). We are so thankful for Coach Klinck and his participation in 74063. What would you do with $74.63 to benefit our wonderful town of Sand Springs? If you have an idea, let us know and you could be our next guest as we learn to become tourists in our hometown! Send us your ideas at info@wearesandsprings.com.

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id you know that over 48 million households in the U.S. own a dog? Similarly, close to 32 million households own at least one cat. Even so, there are still over 70 million stray dogs and around 58 million stray cats.

For Pet’s Sake

Sand Springs Animal Welfare is home to more than seventy-eight fur babies. They provide top care and housing for as many animals as they can. The shelter is currently at capacity, but there are great things to come. The previously approved GO Bond will fund a brand new animal shelter. The process has already begun and is set to take between two and three years. They just received drawings from architects with plans for the building and are so excited to get things moving.

1. ADOPT. There are so many cats and dogs of all breeds and personality types waiting to meet their new parents. You can see pictures and short biographies of local animals available for adoption on the website. You can also come meet your potential new fur child in person at the adopt-a-thon on September 24th between 11am and 2pm at Case Center.

How can we as Sandites contribute to the cause? Here are three ways:

2. IF YOU CAN’T ADOPT, DONATE. Donating no longer just involves putting a dollar in the jar. While direct donations can be made on the website, there are also unconventional ways to give. Sand Springs Animal Welfare has set up an Amazon wishlist as well as a Cuddly wishlist where you can get your shopping fix for a good cause. All methods of donating are greatly appreciated. 3. LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! Ask your vet for more information about local discount clinics. If you want to know more information and updates about Sand Springs Animal Welfare, visit their Facebook to stay in the know. *Statistics were provided by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Petpedia.


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Sandites

“This is a way for me to stay connected to the community because I no longer have kids in school. I just love helping people”

on

Answering these immediate needs

helping those in need. Sand Springs

of Sand Springs is so important and

Community Services was founded

fulfilling for those who work and

in 1928 and has been serving the

volunteer as well. Client Services

community for over eighty years. The

Manager Janet Rutland Eycher states

mission of the community foundation

“This is a way for me to stay connected

is

to

pride

assist,

themselves

empower

to the community because I no longer

and serve people who are in crisis

connect,

have kids in school. I just love helping

situations and need help.

people”.

Sand Springs Community Services

So, how can you help? I'm so glad

helps by meeting the immediate

you asked! There are many different

needs of their community. There is

ways you can contribute. One of the

a food bank that provides canned

immediate needs are canned meat

goods, household cleaning supplies

and toiletry items. You can bring in a

and personal hygiene items. Food

can of chili and a pack of toilet paper

and household items aren’t the only

and change a family's life. If you

thing they are focused on, they also

are an innovative thinker and want

collect coats, blankets and other

to help even further, contact Sand

clothing items. This is just one of the

Springs Community Services using the

many ways community services serve

information below to set up a coat

Sand Springs. Thinking outside the

drive at your church or a food drive at

box regarding meeting needs of the

your school. They are always looking

community is something this place

for collaboration on new ways to

does well. Along with providing the

help. Lastly, don’t forget to follow

necessities, they also have kicked off

Sand Springs Community Services on

their budget counseling program. This

their Instagram and Facebook to stay

is a program that provides practical

up to date on the upcoming events.

advice for families that can really change lives.

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Address: 114 W 4th St, Sand Springs, OK 74063 | Phone: (918) 245-5183


Reducing the Stigma

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e have started to enter a time where the words “Mental Health” are beginning to lose their stigma. Mental health counselors are booked, mental health apps are steadily on the rise, and people interviewing for jobs are asking about “mental health days” as a form of benefit. With all of the stigma surrounding mental health in decades past, there is still a ways to go. However, the progress we have made as a society has given lots of benefits to life as we know it. While mental health is still making its way into our daily conversation, know you aren’t alone. Any given year, nearly 20% of US adults have a mental health condition, and more than 50% will manage one at some point. The likelihood that you will at some point experience a mental health condition is more than heart disease or diabetes. People still “cover” their symptoms. While mental health is becoming more and more a part of our conversation, displaying of symptoms is still something that people try to hide. In a study, more than two-thirds of employees hide their conditions from their coworkers, sometimes giving sickness as a reason for not showing up to work rather than taking a mental health day. In order to continue reducing the stigma around mental health, there are a few steps we can take to better ourselves and the people around us.

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Educate Yourself

Take the opportunity to do a little research around something that you are currently, have in the past, or know someone who has struggled with. The knowledge around triggers, prevention, and self-care will be invaluable when it comes to conversation.

Be Conscious of Language Some of the stigma

around mental health is the use of the issue as an adjective. Use separating language, instead of “John is depressed,” say “John is struggling with depression.” This slight difference in language is simple but powerful.

Be Honest About Treatment

Fight stigma by letting people know what it took to get through it. Be honest, but also be transparent. If it took seeing a counselor, let someone who is struggling with the same thing know.

Don’t Harbor Self-Stigma

The fact is, stigma starts with us. If you are going through something, don’t hide from the world in shame. Choose bravery, strength, and persistence over shame and guilt. You matter and deserve more than hiding in the dark with mental health issues.

Donald Myers, M.D. Good Work Counseling counselortulsa.com

Let’s all continue reducing the stigma around mental health for years to come!

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RECIPES

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We asked you, Sand Springs, your favorite fall recipes and you delivered!

ASHTON BEESLEY Recipe: No Bake Pumpkin Pie INGREDIENTS: 2 cup canned pumpkin puree ½ cup sugar 8 ounces cream cheese softened 16 ounces Cool Whip 1 tablespoon cinnamon 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 (3.4 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding 1 cup milk 2 pre-made crusts DIRECTIONS: Bottom Layer Add cream cheese, sugar, and one 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip in a bowl and blend well with a hand mixer. Fill your pre-made crusts evenly with this mix. Middle Layer Mix pudding and milk and stir until thick. Add 2 cups canned pumpkin. Add pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir until blended. Pour on top of the cheesecake layer. Top Layer Top evenly with Cool Whip and sprinkle with spices. Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating so pie has time to set completely.

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JAMIE LAHL-GLENN Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Casserole INGREDIENTS: 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 medium white onion, diced 1 medium red bell pepper, diced 1 medium green bell pepper, diced 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®) 1 cup chicken broth 2 tablespoons sour cream 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder ½ teaspoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1 (3 pound) cooked chicken, torn into shreds or cut into chunks 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese 10 (6 inch) corn tortillas, cut into quarters DIRECTIONS: Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Step 2 Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Saute onion and bell peppers in the hot oil until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Step 3 Add both cans of condensed soup, diced tomatoes with chile peppers, chicken broth, sour cream, cumin, ancho chile powder, oregano, and chipotle chile powder; mix until sauce is well-combined. Step 4 Spread a few tablespoons of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Layer with 1/2 of the chicken, 1/2 of the sauce, 1/2 of the Cheddar cheese, and 1/2 of the tortillas. Step 5 Spread the remaining chicken over the tortillas. Spread all but 1/2 cup of the remaining sauce over the chicken, then top with another 1/3 of the Cheddar, and the remaining tortillas. Spread the remaining 1/2 cup over top, and sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar. Step 6 Bake casserole in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 40 minutes.

SHARRON PRINS WOODMANSEE Recipe: Very Easy Pumpkin Muffin Recipe 1 yellow or spice cake mix (dry) 14 or 15 oz. can of pumpkin (not pie mix) 1/2 tsp. each cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg Mix and bake at 350 for 22 to 25 minutes (or when a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean). I add pecans & raisins. Can substitute 1 cup of applesauce for pumpkin. Makes 18 nice size (low calorie/high fiber) muffins! This basic recipe can be used many different ways ... I have gotten to where I usually add BOTH the can of pumpkin AND the cup of applesauce with one cup of quick oats and my nuts and raisins for a high fiber/low cal breakfast muffin. This recipe makes 24 nice size muffins . I eat one for breakfast with coffee and yogurt. This does require extra baking time ... approx. 30 minutes. Again, I use the toothpick test. Oct 2022 | WeAreSandSprings.com 29


SEPT E M B E R The hot Oklahoma wind whips through Sand Springs We know with it the summer it brings Splash pads spraying water and children's voices loud with laughter Sandites hearts full with the sounds of pitter patter But the hot August stick turns into a calm September breeze The scent of oak and other native trees - Fall guarantees Downtown streets trickle with orange and red leaves A menu from the local coffee shop filled with specialty seasonal coffees Shopping for school clothes, supplies - recipes for homemade pumpkin pies The gentle touch of the autumn air - oh how could anyone despise! Teachers bulletin boards adorned with colors of fall School fundraisers, festivals, pumpkin patches, let’s do it all As the leaves change with the seasons We are reminded of promises and the reasons That each turn of the day is not guaranteed So spend the time you have planting new seed Friendship, community, family, new faces Autumn in Sand Springs is one of those magical places Embrace the growth the challenging times bring Before you know it, the Christmas bells will ring! - Clare Reynolds

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