March 31, 2014
Hello OCS Families and Friends,
I hope this letter reaches all of you in good health and spirits! Yesterday, you received a beautiful letter from my colleague at Odyssey Charter School, Assistant Headmaster, Mrs. Denise Parks. She wrote to you about what it meant to be both an Odyssey parent and school leader, and presented an extremely articulate case for your continued financial support. Today, I want to share with you what the PTO’s Paving the Way To Our Future Program means to our school, and why it is worthy of your support.
As you know well, our school is undergoing remarkable growth. This growth has been fueled by parent demand, and our academic excellence is a direct result of the efforts of committed teachers, challenged and engaged students, strong parent support and a learning environment that promotes excellence. Odyssey is young, small and growing, and striving to be the best option in education anywhere. Growth and excellence come with a cost, and they require continuous parental support.
We are very excited as we prepare to teach in a new facility next year. Rapid growth and change generates constantly evolving needs and resources. The PTO’s fundraising efforts have always been designed to help support the school’s instructional needs in a way that helps our student population for the greater good. Our teachers have come to rely on the financial support provided through the PTO.
These funds from the Paving the Way Campaign have been used to purchase expensive classroom interactive white boards, individualized computer programs such as Compass Learning and Accelerated Reader, and other teacher resources. These programs and resources are invaluable to our school’s success and are some of the centerpieces of our school’s literacy and mathematics programs. They are programs that most likely would not exist at Odyssey without the PTO’s support.
We are a young school of meager resources and yet we continue to grow and excel. Odyssey is a four-time Delaware DOE-rated “Superior” school continually ranked in the top 10 of all elementary schools in the state. Our teachers need the right tools for the job, and I am asking for your help to purchase them. I believe we have earned your trust to help every child reach their full potential. Your donation will help ensure that we can toil in the vineyard of education with the best resources to help your child succeed.
Last year, the PTO raised over $40,000. As we enter our final week of the campaign, we still need your support. Many of us may be feeling the effects of the long winter, but we have less than one week to take action. Our school is growing and we cannot achieve the success we have without you.
I am proud to be part of the Odyssey family. I ask for your support on behalf of our teachers and staff with complete confidence that these funds will go to extremely worthy school needs.
Our staff are deeply appreciative, and our children are the direct beneficiaries of your gifts. We would love to have 100% participation from all our families. No gift is too small an amount. If you would like to donate online using a credit card visit OdysseyCharterSchoolDel.com.
If you or a family member would prefer, you can mail a check to the school in care of the PTO. Thank you in advance for your continued support of our efforts at Odyssey Charter School.
With kindest regards and sincere thanks,
Dr. Nick T. Manolakos
Odyssey Charter School