Last year, the Margaret Sue Rust Foundation gave Odyssey a wonderful grant to fund a crafts 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
Music Around the World
Odyssey has been selected as a finalist for a Texas Women for the Arts grant!
As a finalist, Odyssey had the opportunity to produce a video showcasing our music program. Check it out!
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
Sodexo Youth Foundation Grant
Two Odyssey students have very exciting news! Odyssey fourth grader, Marley Griffin, and Odyssey fifth grader Ayslian Garcia, teamed up to write a grant to the Sodexo Youth Foundation in honor of Odyssey. The girl's project is entitled The Odysseed and will focus on planting edible gardens for Odyssey next year. Marley and Ayslian are very excited to announce their grant for $500.00 was funded in full. Marley and Ayslian will also be leading a volunteer event called Odyssey Global Youth Service Day, in which all 115 Odyssey students will volunteer their time caring for community gardens at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office.
Pictured are: Odyssey 4th-6th grade Site Supervisor, Amy Wells, Marley Griffin, Ayslian Garcia, and Odyssey Executive Director, Jessica Picarazzi.
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.
Sigwald Service Co. Helps Odyssey get T-shirts!
Sigwald Service Co. of Rockport, TX generously donated money to aid The Odyssey After School Enrichment Program in purchasing t-shirts for our upcoming Lights on After School Program. Lights on After School is a nationwide event celebrating the accomplishments of children participating in after school programs and is a very special event for Odyssey and our kids.
Pictured in the photo are Darren Sigwald, Jessica Picarazzi, Executive Director of Odyssey, and a few of our Odyssey kids modeling our wonderful t-shirts.
The shirts were also featured in a photo contest our kids participated in that was sponsored by Lights On After School. Board members and families joined our Odyssey children on the beach and formed a light house. The Rockport Volunteer Fire Department brought a fire truck to the beach and lifted our volunteer photographer, Leeanne Manahan, into the air to take an aerial shot.