We are so pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, Leesville Road Elementary has qualified to attend the “Odyssey of the Mind” World Finals! In the last week of May our team of three 3rd graders, two 4th graders and two 5th graders will descend upon Iowa State University to participate in a four-day competition and take their shot at becoming World Champs. Teams throughout the United States and 25 other countries will participate in this prestigious event. We need your support!
Flights, travel, room and board for our young students and chaperones is a costly endeavor – that is why I am asking for your help. We need to raise more than $10,000 in less than seven weeks to enable our team to attend this event. We hope that you will help us hit our fundraising goal and allow our team to showcase all of their creativity and hard work – not to mention represent North Carolina and our Community.
“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.” www.odysseyofthemind.com
Our team’s long-term problem was to re-enact a driver’s test with a team-built vehicle (see picture) that can carry a student using two different propulsion systems while completing a set of required tasks. They created a vehicle, developed a skit, wrote music and built props for the performance. Their hard work paid off – they received the top score for the long term problem and second place overall, when they competed at State Finals on April 5th. The top two teams at the state level move on to World Finals.
There is a mixture of delight and disbelief that the kids have an opportunity to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime event. We hope that you can support us in this endeavor with a monetary donation; no donation is too big or too small!
You can fund us through this site or you can make a tax deductible donation to the following:
Leesville Road Elementary (include “Odyssey of the Mind” in the memo line)
8402 Pride Way
Raleigh, NC 27613
Thank you for supporting Leesville Road Elementary.
Coach Andy and David