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Sapulpa-based business launches fundraising program with Creek County Literacy Program

Spanish Jack’s Fine Foods of Sapulpa has joined with Creek County Literacy Program for a seasonal fundraiser.


“Spanish Jack’s grilling sauces make the perfect gift for co-workers, Dirty Santa parties and last minute gifts!” shares Barbara Fuente, Vice President of Spanish Jack’s Fine Foods, a Sapulpa-based business.

Spanish Jack’s has brought back their popular holiday fundraiser to Creek County Literacy Program. Three of their top-shelf grilling and marinade sauces, priced at just $10 a jar. They are the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your Christmas List!

Between now and December 18th, Spanish Jack’s will donate 50% of fundraising sales from their Winter Product Line to the Creek County Literacy Program. These three promotional products include:

Cranberry Grilling Sauce & Marinade (Marinate chicken, pork or beef 12-24 hours. Liberally baste meat during cooking and after removing from the grill or oven, or serve right on the table. Sweet and spicy!)

Coffee Flavor Based Barbeque Sauce (Coffee perfectly complements chicken and beef. Be sure to have some extra ready for dipping!)

Red Devil Rub (An amazing blend of herbs & spices that keeps meat’s juices locked in and forms a crispy, delicious crust while cooking!)

“Every jar is locally produced right here in Creek County. Logon to to download countless free recipes for these, and all the Spanish Jack’s products,” recommends Barbara.

“Your family & friends will love it,” adds Mark Fuente, President of Spanish Jack’s, “and you can feel good knowing that you’ve helped support literacy in our community.”

“Seventeen percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma, and four percent of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a ninth grade education. More than 400,000 Oklahoma adults are functionally illiterate. The Mission of the Creek County Literacy Program is to encourage, educate and equip aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy,” adds Melissa Struttmann, Executive Director of Creek County Literacy Program.

These Spanish Jack’s Products are available at the Creek County Literacy Program office, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa, and can be purchased directly using cash, check or credit card (make checks payable to Creek County Literacy Program). Call 918-224-9647 or email orders.

For more information on the complete line of Spanish Jack’s Fine foods, visit their website at For more information on Creek County Literacy Program, contact Melissa Struttmann at 918-224-9647 or email.


CCLP Spanish Jacks Fundraiser Flyer

CCLP Spanish Jacks Fundraiser Order Form

Grant Targets Health Literacy in Creek County

Creek County Literacy Program is one of twelve programs statewide awarded a $4,000 health literacy grant from the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL). The goal for awarded projects is to provide resources and training opportunities that enhance community awareness about health and wellness.

The local grant will address several health and wellness issues. Workshops scheduled to date include “What’s that weird thing in the produce department?”, “Domestic Violence Prevention”, “Your guide to a healthy brain”, “Overview of DHS Adult and Family Services”, “Container Gardening/Fresh Herbs” and “Simple ways to use fruits and vegetables”.

“We are excited to collaborate with other organizations to carry out this effort,” Executive Director Melissa Struttmann said. Partners to date include the Creek County Health Department, Natural Grocers, Life Senior Services, DVIS – Sapulpa, Walgreens, DHS – Creek County and OSU Cooperative Extension, with other collaborations being finalized. “Together, we hope to make a difference in the lives of our fellow citizens by encouraging healthier choices and improving access to health information.”

America’s Health Rankings, an annual report by the United Health Foundation, lists Oklahoma near the bottom according to Leslie Gelders, director of ODL’s Literacy Resource Office. “We rank 44th out of the 50 states,” Gelders said. “Among the health concerns reported, our state ranks poorly in such areas as immunization of children, obesity, diabetes, drug deaths, high cholesterol, annual dental visits, and consumption of fruits.”

Along with the many reported health concerns, Gelders said there are also concerns when it comes to the ability of many Oklahoma adults to access, read, and understand credible health and wellness information.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost nine out of ten Americans have problems reading and using consumer health information,” Gelders said. “If the majority of Americans have problems understanding health information, imagine the obstacles faced by people with low reading skills or a limited understanding of English.”

Gelders said studies reveal that an individual’s ability to read and understand health information is actually a stronger predictor of a person’s health than his age, socioeconomic status, education or ethnicity.

“In order to improve the state’s health outcomes, Oklahomans need to be able to access and understand reliable health information,” Creek County Executive Director, Melissa Struttmann said. “We also need to be able to speak effectively with our medical professionals, follow dosage instructions, and use available resources to make informed health decisions for ourselves and our families.”

Gelders said health literacy partnerships are a relatively new concept for Oklahoma library and literacy programs.

“The better understanding individuals have about their health choices, the better the outcomes. That’s why this project is so important, and that’s why the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services is providing the funding for these grants.”

For information on Oklahoma’s adult literacy efforts, visit

To learn more about the local effort, contact Melissa Struttmann at 918-224-9647.

Creek County Literacy Program Announces Free Workshop – What’s That Weird Thing in the Produce Department?

As our new health literacy cycle begins, we’re kicking things off with a fascinating workshop entitled, “What’s that weird thing in the produce department?” Our instructor will prepare approximately seven different dishes to sample, using at least ten different exotic vegetables.

Creek County Literacy Program Announces Free Workshop – What’s That Weird Thing in the Produce Department?

Free workshop introduces exotic and unusual produce from the grocery

Have you ever walked by a display at the grocery store and wondered, “What is that weird thing?” This informational workshop introduces exotic and unusual produce from the grocery and is presented by Jona Knoble, a Nutritional Health Coach with Natural Grocers at 9137 East 71st Street in Tulsa.

Knoble’s workshop will cover a variety of exotic and unusual produce, as well as the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables for good health. Her live cooking demonstration will provide easy and nutritious ways to serve these unique fruits and vegetables. The workshop will be held at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa on Thursday, November 13 at 5:30m. The dishes Knoble prepares will be available to sample. There will be recipes and handouts available.

The presenter, Jona Knoble, graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and later attended Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University to pursue her path of becoming a certified health and wellness coach. She is also a certified herbalist. Her desire to help others live happier and healthier lives has stemmed from her own path in helping her family obtain better nutrition and vibrant health. She also enjoys teaching individuals how easy organic cooking and a mindful lifestyle can be, in spite of a busy world.

This free event is a health literacy outreach project of Creek County Literacy Program, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, with funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information or to register for this event, call 918-224-9647 or email

Creek County Literacy Program Offers Free Tutor Training Workshop to Adult Volunteers

Help Teach An Adult to Read. Become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor.

SAPULPA – The statistics are staggering.
• 17% (9,080) of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a high school diploma.
• 4% (2,136) of adults in Creek County 18 years or older do not have a 9th grade education.
• 12% of Oklahoma adults – more than 400,000 – are functionally illiterate.

Creek County Literacy Program is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in basic literacy.

Creek County Literacy Program is a non-profit organization that trains adults to become volunteer literacy tutors and then matches those tutors with adult learners. To become a tutor, one must attend CCLP’s free 8-hour Tutor Training workshop. Knowledge of another language is not necessary and no prior teaching experience is required. This free workshop will be held over two Saturdays at the Library Annex, 15 North Poplar Street in Sapulpa. Dates are Saturday, October 4 from 9am to 2pm and Saturday, October 11 from 9am to Noon. Both sessions are mandatory. Lunch and snacks are provided.

The presenter, Donna Hall, received her Master’s in Reading from Northeastern State University and is a Certified Reading Specialist. She is also a National Board certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. Donna has taught in the elementary school setting for 18 years, currently teaching second grade at Edison Elementary School in Bristow. For two years she served as a REAC3H Instructional Coach, providing training and assistance to 14 school districts. Donna has also completed the requirements to present innovative strategies for Oklahoma literacy instruction as an Open Minds trainer, sponsored by the Literacy Resource Office of Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

For more information or to register for this free workshop, contact Creek County Literacy Program at 918-224-9647 or

About Creek County Literacy Program
Creek County Literacy Program was founded in 1989 to offer reading instruction, testing and tutoring to learners at no cost. Programs include Adult Basic Education & GED Pre-Prep Classes, Computer Literacy, Health Literacy and Youth Literacy, as well as workshops and activities to support the learners and families. In 2013, CCLP served over 300 adults and youth and distributed over 2,600 free books.

Creek County Literacy Program Announces New Board of Directors

Creek County Literacy Program (CCLP), A Sapulpa-Based nonprofit Literacy program, has announced its 2014-15 Board of Directors.

Barbara Fuente, Senior Account Manager of HireRight, is the Program’s President. Derald Buckley, Retired Educator, is Vice President.

“This has been a very eventful year for CCLP,” said Fuente. “This is our twenty-fifth year serving Creek County, and summer, which is generally a time that our staff and tutors slow down, has been busier than ever. We recently hosted a workshop in which forty-seven new tutors were trained for our Caring Grands program. Caring Grands are senior citizens who volunteer at area elementary schools with struggling first and second grade readers. We are excited about this new growth.”

CCLP’s Executive Board also includes Shawna Ellis, Human Resources of American Heritage Bank, serving as Treasurer, and Connie Jones, Teacher with Sapulpa Head Start, serving as Secretary.

CCLP introduces seven incoming Board Members:

David Bush, Assistant Financial Advisor, American Heritage Bank, Sapulpa

Heather Hudson, Administrative Assistant of First United Bank of Sapulpa

Dena Livingston, Learner Representative, Show, Inc.

Debby Myskey, Turning Point/Tant Instructor, Central Tech

Tara Osterhout, Principal of Bradley Elementary, Drumright

Greg Pugmire, Vice President, Lon T. Jackson Agency, Insurica, Sapulpa

Christie Walkup, Retired, Sapulpa


Yvonne Allen, Retired, Honorary Board Member

Ian Danziger, Photographer, Danziger Photography, Sapulpa

JoBeth Force, Self Employed, Kellyville

Richard Fulton, Frames by Richard, Sapulpa

Scott Gordon, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Sapulpa

Donna Hall, Teacher, Edison Elementary, Bristow

Cynthia Holtwick, Retired, Sapulpa

Art Johnson, Retired, Drumright

Barbara Morris, Retired, Drumright

April Roth, Teacher, Liberty Elementary, Sapulpa

Martha Stalker, Director, Bartlett Carnegie Library, Sapulpa

Lois Thurston, Learner Representative, Glenpool

Laura Yost, Principal, Kellyville Elementary School

John Mark Young, Attorney, Young & Young Law Office


Creek County Literacy Program is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, educate and aspiring readers to overcome the barriers of illiteracy.

2014 CCLP Board web

Front Row and incoming members: Dena Livingston (Learner Rep), Christie Walkup (Retired), Tara Osterhout (Bradley Elementary), Heather Hudson (First United Bank), David Bush (American Heritage Bank), Debby Myskey (Central Tech) and Greg Pugmire (Lon T. Jackson Agency).

Middle Row: Debbie Marshall (staff), Melissa Struttmann (staff), Martha Stalker (Bartlett Carnegie Library), Donna Hall (Edison Elementary), Barbara Morris (Retired Educator), Lois Thurston (Volunteer), John Mark Young (Attorney).

Back Row: Derald Buckley (Vice President), Barbara Fuente (President), Cynthia Holtwick (Retired), Shawna Ellis (American Heritage Bank), Connie Hall (Sapulpa Head Start), JoBeth Force (Self Employed) and Art Johnson (Retired Educator).

Not Pictured: Yvonne Allen (Retired), Ian Danziger (Danziger Photography), Richard Fulton (Frames by Richard), Scott Gordon (Pastor), Harry Nelson (Retired), April Roth (Liberty Elementary), Laura Yost (Kellyville Elementary)