The Margaret Sue Rust Foundation gave Odyssey a wonderful grant to fund our art classroom. Our students have had so much fun doing craft projects, learning origami, working on cross stitch Christmas organments, and learning how to sew!
Sewing with the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation
2020 Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser
This year we tried something new for our annual fundraiser. Designer Purse Bingo, not only was it a sold out event, but we raised over $53,000. We are thankful for everyone that came out to help our program. Check back for more information on our 2021 fundraiser! You don't want to miss it!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Ed Rachal Foundation, Odyssey can start filling our empty library shelves with books! The grant provides funds for Odyssey to purchase quality books on our student's reading level. The kids have been so excited to see the new books and can't wait to start reading their new books!
A New Library from the Ed Rachal Foundation
Save the Children Grant
Thanks to the Save the Children grant Odyssey was able to replace and enhance many areas of enrichment's that was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. We have a state of the art kitchen with all the amenities to create amazing master pieces in the kitchen.
Sigwald Service Co. Sponsors T-Shirts
The Odyssey After School Enrichment Program would like to thank the Sigwald Service Co. for their donation which helped us get new t-shirts for our annual Lights On After School Program. The shirts look fantastic and were worn by students and staff during our event on Oct 18, 2012. This is a special day for our students, staff and parents and the donation from Sigwald Service Co. helped make it great!
Pictured in the photo are Darren Sigwald and some of our Odyssey kids showing off our new shirts.
Day of Play
On September 26, 2012 The Odyssey After School Enrichment Program hosted a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Free Tennis Play Day in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The day was full of games and events including tennis, basketball, Frisbee and a bouncy house to help the kids have fun and get active. Everyone involved had a great time, and we were honored to have Mayor Wax come sign autographs for the students and even throw out our first pitch in kickball. Thank you to the USTA for all you did to help make this day happen!
Community Pool Swim Fun
Odyssey students are starting the year with a splash at the Community Aquatic and Skate Park! After receiving a grant from Texas Rural Communities, Inc. in March of 2012, our kids have been able to participate in swim lessons, water polo and swimming field trips. Thanks to everyone at Texas Rural Communities, Inc and the Community pool for helping us have a great start to our year!
Grant Awarded to Odyssey
The Odyssey After School Enrichment Program is honored to have recently been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Texas Rural Communities, Inc. Grant. This generous grant will allow Odyssey children to participate in swimming, water safety instruction, swimming lessons, and water polo at The Community Aquatic and Skate Park this spring and next fall.
Pictured are Jessica Picarazzi, Executive Director of Odyssey, Margaret Goolsbee, Odyssey Board President, Sandra Tenorio, Executive Director of Texas Rural Communities, Inc., and Nina Ojeda, Executive Assistant of Texas Rural Communities, Inc.
Odyssey Student Wins State History Fair
Former Odyssey student, Tim Kelley, recently won the State History Fair! Tim is currently a sixth grader at Rockport-Fulton Middle School. We are so proud of you, Tim! Congrats!
Visits to Camp Aranzazu
Odyssey kids had the wonderful opportunity to visit Camp Aranzazu twice this year! Our FPC kids visited in February, and participated in hiking, sports, and a ropes course. LOLC children visited in April and participated in birding, hiking, sports, arts & crafts, and The Screamer!
IceRays and Odyssey - a good match
On Friday, November 25, 50 Odyssey kids and their families were treated to an IceRays Hockey game by KBOB's Steakhouse. KBOB's purchased and donated the tickets to Odyssey so our kids would have the opportunity to attend a very exciting hockey game. The game was amazing, and we all had so much fun! Thank you, IceRays, for an awesome game, and thank you, KBOB's, for sending us!
Odyssey has been awarded the National After School Alliance's "People's Choice" award in their recent Lights on After School photo contest. Our photo depicted all 100 of our Odyssey children forming a human lighthouse on the Rockport beach. The winner was chosen by votes on Facebook. When all was said and done, Odyssey won by a landslide, with a total of 291 votes! Odyssey has been awarded a $1000 prize. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
You Light up Our Lives …
On October 20, Odyssey participated in the nationwide, Lights on After School program by hosting a Lights on After School event at the Miriam Ferrell Youth Center. Families, board members, volunteers, and community notables joined our Odyssey children in celebrating their accomplishments in Odyssey this year. Major C.J. Wax read a proclamation in honor of Odyssey.
Guests perused handmade lighthouses and life size self portraits, and were treated to comedy routines, theatre sketches, and an entire dance troupe of little pirates in search of Odyssey, all designed by our Odyssey kids and teachers.