The Odyssey Preparatory Academy has designed an intensive foreign language program to support our mission of preparing scholars to lead in a global society. All foreign language requirements are mandatory for all scholars. In addition to learning foreign languages, scholars study the cultures and mores of the societies in which the languages are spoken.
The Interact Club – Rotary International
Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the community issues that members care about most. The OI Interact club was established in 2012 and is sponsored by the Buckeye Rotary Club. At OI, the Water is Life club and the Interact club run concurrently to raise money for a sustainable water source for our sister village,Kapaachi Yili, raise awareness for the need for clean water and health and sanitation education around the world, and to work for positive change in our own community through local service projects such as organizing food drives and establishing a recycling program at OI.
In 2015 Odyssey scholars Sabrina Williamson and Sydney Burt were selected by the Buckeye Rotary Club to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp in Prescott, Arizona. Here they met and collaborated with students from around the world as they participated in activities that enhanced their leadership, communication, andproblem-solving skills.
Who will be the 2016 RYLA camp participants? Stay Tuned…
Water Is Life
The Odyssey Family of Schools has developed a partnership withKpaachi Yili, a village of 1293 residents in northern Ghana with the Water is Life Foundation. Through water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives, an incredible transformation has taken place because of the generosity of the scholars and families of Odyssey.
In 2011, after a year-long fundraising effort, our WiL Ambassador and junior high Spanish teacher, Jessica Milakovich, travelled to Ghana to distribute 500 filter straws that were purchased with the more than $5,000.00 raised by Odyssey scholars. Mrs. Milakovich was welcomed with open arms by the members of theKpaachi Yili community who were thrilled with the donation.
Since 2011, we have raised almost $25,000.00 to support WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) initiatives specifically inKpaachi Yili. From water filtrationsystems, to latrine building, to hygiene education curriculum in the schools, and soap making by local women and most recently, a fully funded fence and gate surrounding their water source! We also helped fund the expansion of their dugout to hold water year round.
Our support has produced a flourishing, sustainable community we are able to call a partner. The combination of financial support and communitybuy in has allowed for positive health changes in the school and community.
We are thrilled to be entering our 6th year of this remarkable partnership!