From their website:
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
What makes our Odyssey of the Mind team unique? This is their first year participating in the Odyssey of the Mind program. We have not only a very talented group of six 5th graders on the team, the team is the ENTIRE 5th grade. Yes, that's correct. We only have six 5th grade students in our small K-6 school.
Newington Odyssey of the Mind Team (Seacoastonline picture)
Because this is something new we never expected to travel to a National competition, let alone win first place in the state level competition.
The challenge now is for the students and parents to raise the money for the team and chaperones to attend. We're fortunate that we can drive, but with gasoline prices hovering just below $4/gal in NH it's anyone's guess what the price will be by the end of May when we make the drive to the University of Maryland. Fundraising in a very small school in a small town is challenging, as there is only a small number of families you can ask for support.
This is why I'm posting today. We can use your help.
One of the fundraising efforts is a raffle. If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket they are $1/ea or 6/$5. Prizes you can choose from include:
- $50 Texas Roadhouse Gift Card
- Percy Jackson: boxed set of books - $25 value
- Lia Sophia jewelry - $200 Value
- Emergency First Aid Kit - $25 Value
- G. Willkers! Gift Basket - $75 Value
- Mr. Bubbles Gold carwash certificates - $50 value
- American Express Gift Card - $25. Value
- Portrait sitting and 8x10 photo - $100 value
- American Girl Books - $42 value
- $50 coupon towards Spanish or French immersion camp (1 week day camp)
- Certificate for 2 rounds golf: Breakfast Hill course - $100 value
Or you can just make a donation. Any amount will help! Just use the handy donate button at the bottom of this post.
Thank you in advance for your help!