GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) A group of second through eighth graders from Rockford are celebrating being named Odyssey Angels. Fifteen girls from various Odyssey of the Mind teams in the area were gathering in the summer of 2013 to work on skill development, when they realized their talents could be useful in ways beyond their Odyssey of the Mind problem solving competitions. They brainstormed needs in their community and decided to come up with a project to allow the elderly to stay connected to family and friends. It’s called Project Connect & Engage.
The group worked with a local gerontologist to come up with a way to teach seniors to use cell phones and computers to engage with the world, even if they could not physically leave their home. They selected Richter Place Senior Apartments, and raised enough money to buy brand new tablets for 14 seniors. They visit them twice a month to teach them how to find music, games, and resources, as well as connect with family through email and social media.
The Rockford Odyssey Angels team will be represented on the world stage at the Odyssey of the Mind competition in Iowa.