The Academy Optimist Newsletter
Check out our monthly Newsletter and see what the Academy Optimist Club has been up to!
If you would like to be added to our Monthly Newsletter list, please contact Ronda Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.U.G. (Bringing Up Grades)
The B.U.G. Program focuses on local elementary schools to encourage third graders to make significant improvement in bringing up their grades. Teachers identify the student in their class who improved his/her grades during the calendar month. The B.U.G. Chairperson prepares a certificate of recognition to be presented to the student in front of his/her peers. In addition to the certificate, the student receives a B.U.G. t-shirt. A May pizza party recognizes all winners for the year.
If you have any questions about the BUG program, please contact Liz Rand at email@example.com.
With Liberty Day, we work with 5th graders and their teachers to teach them about the United States Constitution. After 3 weeks of after-school training, we accompany these students to a college campus where they quiz college students and professors about the Constitution. You can imagine that the 5th graders often have the upper hand. They spread awareness about our Constitution and gain valuable exposure to college life. We currently conduct Liberty day at Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. You can read more here.
If you have any more questions, please contact Donna Priester at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 590-1217.
JOI CLUBS (Junior Optimist International)
Optimist International’s Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOI) clubs are the world’s most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers. JOI members are students ranging from elementary school to high school and work to make their communities better – one service project at a time. With more than 18,500 members in more than 675 communities, JOI members are constantly working to promote positive change in their communities at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
The Academy Optimist Club is currently sponsoring the following JOI Clubs:
- Helen Keller
- Chinook Trail
- Scott Elementary
- Mountain Ridge
- Sand Creek
- Kidz Partnering
- Vista Ridge
Each JOI club decides the service projects they want to accomplish for their school, neighborhood, local community, state, nation, or worldwide.
For more information, please contact the CO/WY District JOI Chair Donna Priester at email@example.com or (719) 590-1217.
CHILDHOOD CANCER CAMPAIGN
Optimists have become champions for those dealing with childhood cancer! Established by Optimist International in 2001, the mission of the campaign is to be “the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer.”
Through a variety of activities within the program, Optimists are building awareness of the disease that kills more children than any other. In addition, Members provide support for children with cancer and their families, and support research to find a cure.
For more information, please contact Paul Nigro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This popular scholarship contest presents young people with an opportunity to write about their opinions regarding the world in which they live. Optimist International selects a topic each year and the participants write a 700 to 800 word essay about that topic.
The 2018-2019 Topic is: “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”
When: Due January 31, 2019
Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2018 located in the US, Canada, or the Caribbean.
Why: The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!
Competition begins at the Club level where medals are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners ($100, $75, & $50 respectively). Then the first place winner will advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundation.
For an application and contest rules please go to: 2018-2019 Optimist Essay Application & Rules
How To Enter: Students need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic and a completed Application. Completed packets can be mailed, emailed, or picked up at a local Colorado Springs school by January 31, 2017. Interested students must contact the Academy Optimist Club Essay Chair, Theresa Null, at email@example.com, (719) 322-8465 or by her address below:
2104 Eagle View Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
First conducted in 1928, this is the oldest ongoing Optimist International Program. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. In a combined gender contest, contestants who make it to the District finals have the opportunity to win a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, or a third place scholarship of $1,000. The Academy Optimist Club holds their contest in February.
The Oratorical Contest is for young people under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and gives these youngsters the chance to speak to the world. Each applicant is required to give a 4- to 5-minute speech. Winners progress to the next level.
The 2018-2019 Topic is: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”
The Club Oratorical Contest will be held Thursday, February 23rd at 6pm at the
Stetson Hills Police Division – Community Room, 4110 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs
For an application and contest rules please go to: 2018-2019 Optimist Oratorical Application & Rules
For more information, please contact Sharon Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNICATION CONTEST FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) provides an opportunity for young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate in a public forum while developing valuable skills and confidence. The students write and present a speech on a topic selected annually by Optimist International. The contestants can present in sign or orally to the judges and audience.
The Optimist International Foundation annually funds a $2,500 scholarship for each Optimist International District. The Colorado/Wyoming District donates an additional $2,500 to the Foundations in order to provide a second scholarship.
The 2018-2019 Topic is: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”
For an application and contest rules please go to: 2018-2019 Optimist CCDHH Application & Rules
For more information, please contact Al Shea at email@example.com.
The Optimist Brain Bowl is an academic competition open to public, private and home-schooled 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Colorado and Wyoming. Tournaments draw nearly 200 teams and nearly 1000 6th, 7th and 8th grade participants. Students form teams and demonstrate their knowledge of a variety of subjects in a format loosely modeled after the GE College Bowl television program that ran from 1959-1970.
Registration per school is limited to 3 teams per grade level, nine teams total. Should the tournaments fill before the December 1 deadline teams will be accepted in the order in which paid registrations are received. Invitations are sent to all schools in the Colorado-Wyoming area.
For more information about the Optimist Brain Bowl, please go to: http://optimistbrainbowl.org/
CRITTERS FOR CANCER
Nicole Powell Photography & The Academy Optimist Club hosted their 7th and last Critters for Cancer Fundraiser in 2018. Nicole Powell Photography gave 90% of the photo sessions & print purchases to the local families of the Children’s Hospital for Cancer & Blood Disorder Clinic to help cover everyday costs such as gas and groceries.
Over $6000 has been raised over the past 7 years for the local kids.
Even though Critters for Cancer is no longer around, the Academy Optimist Club is always looking for donations to give to the Children’s Hospital for Cancer & Blood Disorder Clinic.
For more information about Critters for Cancer, please contact Nicole Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: http://www.nicolepowellphotography.com/crittersforcancer.html.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Established by Optimist International in 2001, one of the missions of O.I. is to be “the leading force to rid the world of childhood cancer.” One of the ways of doing that is by supporting the American Cancer Society and their never-ending search for the cure. Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event of the American Cancer Society where more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place across twenty countries in local communities.
The Academy Optimist Club has their own team, The Optimist Avengers. Every year our team, along with 20+ other teams, get together and walks the track at Liberty High School for 18 hours non-stop. There is food, games, music, live bands, fun and fundraising – all in the name of finding the cure. If you can’t stay the 18 hours then come for 18 minutes! Whatever we can do to Kick Cancer’s Butt!
For more questions or information about joining our team, please contact Nicole Powell at email@example.com.
Tri-Star Basketball is boys and girls between the age of 8 and 13. The competition began in February when the Academy Optimist Club of Colorado Springs sponsored a local School District 11 contest. Over 1500 kids competed against others in their own age and gender group (12 groups) in 3 skills: dribbling, shooting and passing. These students won a t-shirt and certificate.
25 February: Local Finals, Doherty High School at 1:30pm
11 March: Regional, Trinity Lutheran Church in Pueblo at 9 am
26 March: District Finals, Pepsi Center in Denver at 12pm
26 March: Nuggets vs. New Orleans Pelicans,Pepsi Center in Denver at 6pm
1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each Local Contest were invited to a Regional Tournament to be held in Pueblo, Saturday, March 11, at 9am at the Trinity Lutheran School.
The Southern Regional 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are invited to compete at the District Finals held before the Nuggets game on Sunday, March 26th, at North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd, Denver, CO 80211. Registration will start at 12pm. Competition will start 1pm.
1st place Winners will be announced to the crowd that night when the Nuggets play against the New Orleans Pelicans – 6pm, at the Pepsi Center. District 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners participate in the Fan Tunnel where they greet the Nuggets players as they enter the court.
For more information please contact Bob Null at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Academy Optimist Club is the sponsor for the Pen Pal Program. Academy club members are the pen pals for students (3rd Graders) of the selected schools that would like to participate in this program. Teachers select students that are having problems with communication skills; writing, spelling and sentence structure. This program will give the students the help needed to improve on their penmanship, sentence structure, spelling and communication skills.
For more information please contact Carol Brown at email@example.com.
If your family, business or organization is in need of Santa and his elves, look no further! We have an AMAZING Santa that you & your kids will never forget. Check out our videos of Santa and his Elves in action…
The Santa Train
The Santa Train
If you would like more information about helping, please contact Sharon Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships provide a unique opportunity for junior golfers from around the globe. In more than 50 qualifying tournaments, Optimists reach out to their own communities to involve children in the game of golf. Each year 5,000 junior golfers, ages 10-18, participate in Optimist-sponsored events. The top 650 junior golfers from around the world advance to compete at the Championships at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
For more information, email us at AcademyOptimist@gmail.com.
Keeping children safe in their recreational activities has been an important part of Optimist programs for many years. The Academy Optimist Youth Safety Program focuses on bike safety and fire safety.
This community event provides bike safety training for kids, including a bicycle safety inspection and a bike safety course where kids learn basic “rules of the road” for biking. The kids and their parents also learn how to properly fit themselves with the right bike helmet.
The kids participating in Safety Day also have an opportunity to meet local firefighters and get an up close and personal look at a fire truck. The firefighters also talk to the kids about basic fire safety.
For more information, please contact David Bogosian at email@example.com.