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MAY 4 , 2004

Elementary Schools Celebrate Space Day

Students at Jamaica and Vaughn elementary schools will be participating in several activities on May 6 to celebrate Space Day. These activities use projects in science and literacy to create excitement about space exploration. Jamaica’s celebration will begin at 1:45 p.m. and Vaughn’s will start at 1:30 p.m.

Now in its eighth year, Space Day is an award-winning educational initiative that seeks to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. In honor of the bicentennial of the Lewis & Clark expedition, this year's focus is the exploration of our solar system and beyond, to ignite the imagination of 21 st century explorers, scientists and inventors.

Jamaica and Vaughn are two of only 500 schools around the world signing a Student Signatures in Space poster that will be digitized and sent into space. The signatures will be sent on a space shuttle to depart this time next year. After returning from space, the school will receive the original copy of the poster with a flight certificate and a picture of the crew that took the signatures to space.

Senator John Glenn, co-chair of Space Day, said, “We hope to perpetuate the legacy of our nation’s pioneers by nurturing that same sense of curiosity in our children and engaging them in the thrill of discovery.”

Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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