West Central Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind
Parents are Important
This is for you, the ones who are driving the carpools, forking out money for pizza, opening closets for major scavenging, waiting while the team cleans up after a meeting, postponing dinner because one more prop needs finished, and generally watching from the sidelines while the team "gets creative!"
DID YOU KNOW?
Your Odyssey of the Mind Regional Board also relies on parents and guardians for help. We welcome friends, relative, and office associates, too!
Here are the opportunities for parents, friends, and relatives to help make the regional tournament possible. We feel certain you will enjoy helping, and few volunteer opportunities directly benefit so many children in an educational program!
WE NEED YOUR HELP on Tournament Day to:
We also ask you to help the team get props in and out of the building, to move your car from loading and unloading areas as quickly as possible, and to bring a sense of humor to the tournament (because Murphy's law is an Odyssey of the Mind condition!)
We on the Regional Board believe that this program offers something unique for your children. We believe that they will learn teamwork, creative problem solving, divergent thinking, persistence, practical skills, and many other abilities through Odyssey of the Mind. Please remember we are all volunteers working together to make this happen.
THANK YOU for your support, for your child, for his or her coach, and for the regional volunteers!!
We wish you creativity in your own life, and fun watching these wonderful problem solvers at work!!
Please review the Tournament Guidelines on the Events Page
DID YOU HEAR THAT YOU MAY NOT HELP?
BOTH! You may do many things to help the team, but there are also things you might want to do that would cost the team penalty points. So... how do you know the difference? Here is your own handy, dandy, just-for-parent guidelines!
Source: VOICES (Virginia Odyssey Into Creativity ExplorationS) Thanks VOICES
As you can tell, parents ARE important, as resources for learning skills, helping get materials, providing moral support, supplementing working brains with nourishment, and generally facilitating the logistics of a working team. Without your encouragement, your child will not develop the self confidence that Odyssey of the Mind promotes.