How can we make a difference in the lives of those in Cushing?
Amanda Sikes has been employed at Cimarron Correctional Facility for just over a year now, She moved to Cushing with her family to be closer to her in- laws . Her sister in law, Lilias Marie Sikes, referred her to the accounting department at Cimarron where she successfully crunches numbers and actively participates in all of the Employee Engagement Committee undertakings that Lilias – Marie champions for our employees. The Sikes sisters along with Tiffany Hickerson, Karon Sumlin- Caldwell, Lyndsey Flatt, Leslie Battles and Tony Ogden make up the core members of the Cimarron Employee Engagement Committee. Amanda Sikes had the idea to take our good will outside the prison gates and into our community to help our kids and teachers back to school.
2016 marked our first year for the school supply drive. We consider it to be a great success with collecting over $1700.00 in 6 weeks from both inmates and staff. Plans for next year may include partnering with Cushing PD and/ or challenging the other local businesses to join in the effort to provide Cushing public schools with the supplies needed to impact the academic performance of Cushing Kids.
Cimarron employs 300 citizens of Payne County, most living in Cushing city limits. Many of our employees have children that attend the public schools from Pre-K through High School. We love how Cushing supports the youth in this community. Cimarron wants to help promote that objective. Warden Byrd knows that when kids stay in school and have the tools they need to succeed, they are less likely to end up living with us. Nelson Mandela states it best "Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world."
CCA is proud to be a partner in this community and to provide a positive encounter on the young lives around us. Cimarron Correctional Facility is committed to making a difference as a responsible corporate partner, a premier employer and a charitable supporter of civic needs.