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Choctaw Women Leaders Host Single Mom’s Day Out




BROKEN BOW – Some women in McCurtain County got a summer break for a day of pampering.

Chahta Ohoyo Tikba Hikia partnered with Totally Cosmo Beauty School in Broken Bow for another Single Mom’s Day Out in the McCurtain County area on July 16.

Chahta Ohoyo Tikba Hikia translates to “Choctaw Women Leaders.” Funds for the Choctaw Nation program come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to foster growth and skills among women in the community. The ten students in the program meet monthly to learn about home buyer education, cultural activities, energy efficiency, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

The Single Mom’s Day Out is a confidence building experience, as well as a fun day of fellowship that was open to the public. Participants received haircuts, eyebrow waxing, and manicures for free. This year’s event was in honor of Erica Martinez, a former student of Chahta Ohoyo Tikba Hikia, who passed away last year.

The event drew 18 participants. Seven of this year’s Chahta Ohoyo Tikba Hikia students were there to volunteer with cleanup. Also, two of last year’s students were present to assist.

Debbie Elliott, the owner of Totally Cosmo, allowed the use of her facility for the event. Totally Cosmo students volunteering that day included, Breanna Wallace and Charisse Butler, and staff members Rebecca Elliott and Sharon Wesley.