Volume 2 | Issue 7 | May 7, 2019
Protect. Inspire. Nurture. Challenge.
A LETTER FROM ERIC THOMAS, ODA ALUMNUS
Greetings!

My name is Eric Thomas, but my friends call me ET. Some of you might remember me from The Frolic last month. I am an ODA Alumnus and next year I'll be a junior at Ashland University. Even though I’m a busy college student, I still find time to stay involved with ODA by volunteering as a campus coach and helping with summer camps. I just love giving back to this incredible organization.  

Growing up where I did, life wasn’t easy. I didn’t have a car during high school.ODA’s Adopt-a-Family program helped my family celebrate Christmas during the holidays. Though my neighborhood wasn’t like some of the other neighborhoods in Cleveland, it was still my home. Hardest of all, when I was in 6 th grade, my father passed away. So, it hasn’t always been easy. 

And that’s why ODA was important to me as a kid. I joined ODA when I was a 6 th  grade student at Miles Park Elementary School. ODA kept me on the right track. Academically.  Socially. And emotionally. Through everything. And through every transition.

So, here I am.

I’m finishing my sophomore year at Ashland University. I am earning a degree in sports management and a minor in coaching. I AM BEATING THE ODDS . I am proof that ODA’s model works. And I’m not the only one. There are many other ODA Alumni. We are all proof that ODA’s model works. We are all beating the odds.

And if ODA worked for us, then it’s going to work for all young scholars today. They are going to beat the odds, too. I know they will,  because I did.
Eric Thomas
Open Doors Academy Alumnus
THE FROLIC: ODA'S ANNUAL BENEFIT
WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

This year's Frolic generated nearly $100,000 in gross revenue, our best Frolic ever! Thank you to our sponsors and guests for supporting Open Doors Academy!
CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT: MILES PARK
ODA scholars from the Miles Park Campus are masters of slime-making. There is no slime recipe out there that they cannot conquer. Mix-ins, whether food coloring, paint, sequins, glitter, or baking soda (don’t ask) help them create unique and varying degrees of successfully sticky-but-pliable slime.

It all started with a revamp of our science station into a place where creativity co-exists with collaboration and responsibility for their own 25" x 30" area of creation. During ODA's Academic Learning Time, scholars get hands-on with projects from  Curious Jane: Science + Design + Engineering for Inquisitive Girls— it really works for boys, too— but they know more about the mechanics of slime and just how much Borax needs to be added for the perfect batch (and that Borax works better than liquid starch) than the authors of the book. Each student who works at a slime station gets a big sheet of paper to use as their “tablecloth.” They are responsible for the clean-up of everything on and around that “tablecloth” and this method works with varying degrees of success.

In the final weeks of school, scholars are going to have slime challenges (best use of color, most pliable, creative use of mix-ins, best team-made product).
LINCOLN ELECTRIC ENGINEER: MAKE A DIFFERENCE
A group of service-oriented engineers from Lincoln Electric volunteered as "teachers for a day" at ODA's Roxboro & Monticello campuses.

They arrived with their welding safety gear and lots of exciting information about careers in engineering. Afterwards they played basketball with our scholars!

Thank you Bryan, Sydney, and Khalil for giving your time and making a difference!
Interested in volunteering with ODA? Contact Maggie Brandt, Community Relations Manager, by emailing or calling 216-229-1900 ext. 124.
FAMILY FUN FITNESS DAY:
NEAR WEST SIDE AT ORCHARD STEM SCHOOL
ODA is shaking things up this year with our Annual Family Fun Fitness Day. Instead of hosting one big event for all of our families, we are having one in each of our four communities! The first event was on on Friday, April 26th at Orchard STEM serving our Near West Side community. We had games, Zumba, a bounce house, healthy food, and a community resource fair!

The event was a blast, and more than 75 scholars and their family members attended!  To view photos from Family Fun Fitness Day, click here.
ODA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MAY + JUNE
5/24: LAST DAY OF 2019 ODA PROGRAMMING
ODA after-school enrichment programs end as we prepare for eight weeks of summer camp!

5/27: ODA OFFICE CLOSED
The ODA main office is closed Monday, May 27th, for Memorial Day.

6/10: FIRST DAY OF SUMMER CAMP
ODA Summer Camp begins on Monday, June 10th!
Major gifts and grants to Open Doors Academy come from:
 
Abington Foundation, ArcelorMittal, David Camiener, Camiener Foundation, City of Cleveland Department of Community Development, City of Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Deaconess Foundation, Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation, George Gund Foundation, Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Malcolm Kenney, KeyBank Foundation, Lozick Family Foundation, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, McWilliams/Piraino Family Foundation, John Morley, Ohio Department of Education, William and Dorothy O'Neill Foundation, Oswald Companies, Reinberger Foundation, Saint Luke's Foundation, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Starting Point, Third Federal Foundation, Thomas White Foundation, Treu-Mart Fund, United Way of Greater Cleveland
 
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