Notebook: August 2014
What Tulsans are talking about
In June, Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand served lemonade and tea at ONEOK Field to raise money for The Little Light House. Pictured are Keith Boyd and his Thrive15 business mentor, Arthur Greeno.
Ten-year-old Tulsan Keith Boyd is raising money the old-fashioned way: by selling lemonade. But he doesn’t have just one lemonade stand, and the money is not going into his pocket.
Boyd has 10 Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stands at various businesses across the Tulsa area. Their revenue will go toward his fundraising goal of $250,000 for The Little Light House, a Tulsa-based center for children with special needs.
The young entrepreneur, who was born with nonverbal cerebral palsy, attended The Little Light House, which gifted him with technology that allows him to verbally communicate using only his eyes.
In response to the gift, Boyd crafted a business plan and partnered with entrepreneurship education resource Thrive15 to build a website and connect with Tulsa businesses to host his stands.
Keith’s lemonade stands are open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays, through Aug. 20. Visit www.keithsicecoldlemonade.com for locations and more details.
Back to school
Thousands of Tulsa students have something to smile about, thanks to support from the Tulsa Community Foundation.
The foundation’s Partnership for the Availability of School Supply program provides a year of school supplies to every student at elementary schools in the Tulsa or Union public school districts in which 75 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.
“Because of the program’s economy of scales, a year’s worth of supplies costs our program approximately $9 per student, compared to purchasing the supplies at a local retail store, where the same supplies cost $35-$45 per student,” says Elizabeth Vereecke, TCF program officer.
The program, which will impact 51 schools and 27,000 students in the Tulsa area, according to TCF, is funded by donations from local individuals, companies and foundations.
A place at the table
A group is gathering neighbors around the dinner table by inviting all Tulsans, including those in need, to a series of community meals.
StoneSoup Community Venture created Tulsa’s Table, “a community café with food justice in mind,” on the premise that everyone deserves the basic right to healthy, whole food regardless of their ability to pay, according to Christy Moore, StoneSoup CEO and founder.
Tulsa’s Table has hosted “pop-up cafes” since June at various locations with lunches prepared by chef and baker Cat Cox. The meals are “pay what you can,” a model that organizers say bridges economic divisions and “tackles inequities through the value of time, talent or treasure.”
Diners can give a suggested donation of $10 to cover their meal; “pay it forward” with additional donations; or volunteer their time, which can include sharing their personal story, to cover the cost of a meal.
“We want to help funders see this is an important and timely contribution to Tulsa,” Moore says.
StoneSoup plans to obtain a permanent location in the future that utilizes the same concept, she adds.
Tulsa’s Table will provide an “abbreviated café experience,” including fresh dishes prepared by Cox, on Aug. 16 at Harvard Avenue Christian Church’s community day, 5502 S. Harvard Ave.
For more information and August pop-up café dates, visit www.tulsastable.org.
"I like to be a leader that leads in the way he acts. I like to be someone who goes and gets his stuff done and inspires other people to do the same."
— Thomas Koch, Class of 2002 Brainiac, in an interview with TulsaPeople 12 years ago this summer. Today Koch is an engineer at Boeing in Seattle.