Help bring Oprah to York

Jessica Schladebeck

Central York School District is seeking the community's assistance in drawing Oprah to its annual Diversity Celebration.

Help bring Oprah Winfrey to York by tweeting Central York's video to @OPRAH

The district in the fall released a video inviting the star to the spring event with the hope that if enough people shared and tweeted the clip, Oprah would respond. No such luck yet, but the district hasn't given up hope on adding the celebrity to the Diversity Celebration guest list.

Central York just released a second video as another means of grabbing Oprah's attention and bringing her  to York County. The latest video follows students around district buildings as  they smile and sing "Oprah, be my friend."

The two-and-a-half-minute film also has several shots of the district's Buddy Bench, the catalyst for the invitation.

The Buddy Bench — the brainchild of Central York student Christian Bucks — is an initiative to end loneliness and foster friendship on school playgrounds. Buddy Benches have not only become a popular feature for playgrounds all over the country, but has also made its way into O, the Oprah Magazine.

The idea, which Christian developed in late 2013, also landed the student on the Today Show.

The Tenth Annual diversity Celebration — which showcases the different cultures of students, families and communities across the district— is scheduled for April 28 at Central York Middle School. The event will feature feature awards for those members of the district making a difference in the community. There will also be food as well as entertainment by the students.

If you want to help bring Oprah to York County, the district encourages tweeting its latest video and tagging her, @OPRAH.

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