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COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM DECEMBER 2015 Schools 17 OJA’s Edible Ed boosted by Jamba Juice grant Out of almost 500 applications, Edible Education Experience (EEE) at OJA was selected as one of the 30 winners for the Fall 2015 Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies” Garden Grant. The grant package contains a $100 check to be used to purchase soil and plants and $400 in gardening supplies. Jamba Juice supports Garden programs since they have been shown to positively impact the food choices and lifestyle habits of participants through outdoor activity and consumption of the harvest. OJA’s Garden aligns with Jamba Juice by teaching healthy life skills while supporting academics and helping students reach their full potential. Once the garden vegetables and herbs are ready, students harvest and eat the produce. Middle school students take their produce into cooking class where Chefs Kevin Fonzo and Sarah Cahill lead them in preparing and cooking fresh delicious healthy recipes. The students are connected to their food source, become engaged through the cooking process and happily “taste test” their recipes. 6th graders lead breast cancer awareness OJA joined College Park, and the Nation, for October’s month of Breast Cancer awareness. Inspired by the memory of their classmate’s mother, Joyah Daniels, a group of 6th grade girls led and organized a week of Pink-out activities. Creative ideas ranged from serving pink lemonade to getting Principal Oucharek’s permission for the entire student body to wear pink tie-dyed socks. A door-decorating contest and student assembly completed the week. Proceeds raised for the cause were donated to Florida Hospital’s Eden Spa to help women who are currently facing this disease. Badminton finals Badminton season is a favorite among OJA students. The sport is offered as part of OJA’s Enrichment program and played on an intramurals basis. Students have found badminton to be fun and fast-paced. Players get to rush around the court, chasing the shuttlecock, and since OJA plays in doubles, every player gets plenty of exercise. Coach Bryan Geach, now in his seventh year at OJA, also appreciates the hand-eye coordination that Badminton develops in his students along with great exercise and teamwork skills. OJA math teachers appreciate the boost in math skills that students gain from this high-scoring game. Color theory taught from the perspective of the artist Sam Gilliam Sam Gilliam is an American artist who loved playing with color. He became famous for color block painting. This was a new and innovative way of creating abstract art which involved “playing” with bold blocks of color. Gilliam’s fun and spontaneous artistic style has given us inspiration for our art class color-theory activities. Our Orlando Junior Academy’s color theory project grew from a study of Gilliam’s collage work. We cut geometric shapes and narrow strips from beautifully blended color sheets. These cutouts were then arranged in vibrant abstract collages. Update to the community There is so much wonderful news to report for the last month and upcoming month at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. We had another successful Gala this year grossing over $60,000 for the school. This money helps fill in the gap between tuition and the full cost of educating students. We are so thankful for all those who supported and attended our Gala. Our sports season is in full swing and we just com- pleted boys’ soccer and girls’ basketball. Our varsity boys came in second place in the Diocese of Orlando after los- ing in triple overtime to St. Margaret Mary. It was a hard fought game where all those involved showed good sports- manship and Christian character. Our middle school stu- dents are now participating in volleyball while our K-5 students are competing in track throughout the diocese. Presently, we are preparing for the liturgical season of Advent. This season marks the beginning of the New Year in the Catholic Church and we plan on beginning the New Year with many enhancements to help the students enter into the season of watching and waiting for the birth of Christ. This includes different prayers during our morn- ing courtyard gatherings, advent wreaths, the color purple on display to signify the arrival of a king, a school wide penance service and a service project to benefit children in need as well as many other small reminders of Jesus’ com- ing into the world. family. We are your neighbors, your friends, and just like TOM AND DEBORAH COOK Tom Cell : 407.963.9862 | Tom Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah Cell : 407.963.9856 | Deborah Email : email@example.com TomAndDeborahCook.com TWO MINDS. ONE GOAL.