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Aviation dreams sown in ACES Kindergarteners

University Avenue Elementary students visit KANE

 

C.M. Swanson

An enlightened group of leaders who know the importance of mentoring children for future stability in and growth of aviation take time from other business activities during the course of their busy day to meet at the Anoka County Blaine Airport to introduce over nearly100 kindergarteners to the world of aircraft. Kate Watson, Curriculum Integration Coordinator for University Avenue Elementary Aerospace Aerospace Elementary, Jenny Thate Jan Moll, Kindergarten retired University Avenue teacher, Harvey Garth Karth, founder of Blaine Airport promotions Group, Glenn Burke, manager of Anoka County Blaine Airport Cheryl Daml, CFI, Chuck Datko, owner and pilot of the T-6 in the background and also coordinator of the T-6 Thunder North American Flight Team, Joe Harris, manager of the St.Paul Downtown Airport, and Blaine Mayor Tom Ryan.

Sharing a picnic lunch at an airport on a day seemingly special ordered for the event does a lot to encourage children to dream about entering the field of aviation when they grow up.

C.M. Swanson

Leo enthusiastically indicates the cockpit area of the T-6.

Kindergartners from the University Avenue Aerospace Children's Engineering and Science Elementary (ACES) magnet school did just that as they visited Anoka County Blaine Airport in May.

Blaine Airport Promotion Group Founder Harvey Karth and ACES Curriculum Integration Coordinator Kate Watson gathered an impressive group of leaders to assist with lessons for the day which included tours of aircraft, naming aircraft parts, and seeing a mini airshow from T-6 Thunder.

ACES, an award winning school, is in their fifth year of implementation of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program, a very long name for a high impact method of teaching.

 

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