OKLAHOMA CITY— Juneteenth will be celebrated by the North Oklahoma City Child Support Office of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services at 11 a.m., June 18 in the parking lot of the offices located at 2409 N. Kelley, Oklahoma City.
Activities include a job fair, informational booths, games and prizes for children. At noon a Civil War reenactment will be performed by the Honey Springs Union Reenactment Group. Children who attend will receive a free book courtesy from the Oklahoma City Thunder Book Bus.
Juneteenth is an observance of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education. Although it became effective on the first of January 1863, the actual emancipation came to slaves at different times.
Oklahoma Child Support Services staff devoted hours of personal time holding bake sales and other events to raise enough money to fund a $1,000 scholarship. This year’s recipient, Antonio Jenkins, a Putnam City North graduate, held a 3.9 GPA while serving as captain of the varsity football team and working part-time. He was also an All-District and All-Conference football player. Jenkins plans to attend Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University.
Scholarship applications were accepted from zip codes served by the North Oklahoma City Child Support Office and were open to individuals with an open child support case. Additionally, applicants had to meet various criteria including: be a high school senior, hold a 2.75 overall grade point average, submit letters of recommendation, submit an essay and include their official transcript listing their ACT score.
Special Juneteenth guests include the Oklahoma City Thunder Bus, Oklahoma City Fire Department, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department, Integris, the Education and Employment Ministry, Langston University, Rose State College and Drivers Training Inc.
OCSS enhances the well-being of children through its mission to establish, monitor and enforce a reliable source of support for the families it serves. The division is responsible for more than 199,000 active child support cases. More information about OCSS programs and services can be found online at http://www.okdhs.org/ (link opens in new window).
For more information contact Robin Campbell, OCSS at 405-522-2026