Cowan Campus Health Careers Students Assist Families at Ronald McDonald House

CV Tech students assist Health Careers paraprofessional Paula Hall (center) in serving dinner recently at the Ronald McDonald House in Oklahoma City. Pictured (from left) is Miracle Dawson, Tyler Nance, Shardae Peoples, Paula Hall, and Kari Vinson.

June 1, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – An 18th Century Swiss philosopher is credited with being the first to essentially declare that money cannot buy happiness.

A 21st Century teacher in central Oklahoma is surely not the first to disagree with this claim.

Angie Siegrist, who teaches Health Careers at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s Dr. Earl Cowan Campus, is convinced the $310 raised by her students purchased a lot of smiles.

Siegrist and her students recently volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Guest Chef Program, where they fed parents of children being treated at Children’s Hospital. Many are awaiting or enduring life-saving surgeries.

“The charity asks for volunteer organizations and businesses to provide meals year-round,” Siegrist said. “Meals must be served on-site or in a commercial kitchen.”

On this particular spring day, five children were having heart surgery. Hot meals served by volunteers saves money for the charity, because that means food does not have to be catered that day.

“I talked to one family, and they were just exhausted,” Siegrist said.

She understands more than most.

“When Molly, my daughter, had brain surgery (in 2009), we spent a night there at the Ronald McDonald house,” she said. “(Volunteers) relieved me, and I was able to get a reprieve.

“The proximity to your ill child is such a huge stress reliever. This is such a wonderful service.”

Siegrist’s daughter fully recovered and is doing great now, she said. In fact, she recently completed a Master’s in Accounting Degree. She is married and living in Oklahoma City. 

Siegrist said about half the money was spent on the main course – barbecue chicken sliders, with baked beans, bacon mac and cheese and salad. The remaining funds were used to purchase snack foods, such as breakfast foods, nuts, fruit, chips, popcorn and lemonade.