Blackhawk to land at Liberty Drive

Hold on to your hats, it's coming 8 a.m. Tuesday
Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

Fasten your seat belts, says Communities In Schools of Thomasville. The community is invited to watch a Blackhawk helicopter land at Liberty Drive Elementary School at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 12.
The landing heralds a week of "Starbase," an educational enrichment program for fifth grade students. The program is administered through the Army and Air National Guard with a staff of certified teachers.
“This group has come to Thomasville every year since 1996,” said Judy Younts, executive director of CIS of Thomasville. “This is going to be a big deal for the children. For every fifth grader, they get to build their own rockets and participate in navigational activities.”
The community also may view a rocket launch at 9:50 and 11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 14, and again at 9:30 and 10:40 a.m. Friday, March 15.
For students, it’s more than the excitement of a Blackhawk landing and rocket launches, it’s a time to learn about science and math in a special curriculum Monday through Friday, March 11-15.
The experience includes hands-on science, math and goal setting curriculums. The Dreams + Action = Realty program helps to create positive attitudes. Other activities focus on career motivation, orientation, exploration and preparation.
Parents aren't left out. The program encourages parents to get involved in their community's education programs — like watching a Blackhawk helicopter land.
“We’ve had the helicopter to come a couple times. We don’t have a problem with attendance that week,” Younts joked. “These Blackhawks have been used in active duty, so they’re the real thing.”
There's another plus. The week-long event creates partnerships with the military, industry leaders and the education community to reinforce science and math skills and to address the growing problem of alcohol and drug use.
“The pilots are really good about answering the children’s questions, and the children absolutely love it,” Younts said. “Our kids are just like sponges. We’re pumped.”

Daniel Kennedy may be reached at kennedy@tvilletimes.com or 888-3575.