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To the editor:
The sixth-grade students at Lincoln Junior High
School just completed a mission at the Challenger Learning Center in
Bloomington, Ill. This was a simulated mission where students worked
in mission control and in the space station as astronauts to
"Rendezvous with a Comet." This field trip was an excellent hands-on
learning experience that met many of our math, science and
technology state goals.
In order to be prepared for the field trip, the students spent a
number of days practicing mission-related activities such as problem
solving, following directions, communication skills and cooperation.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of the
students and would not have been possible without the support of
local businesses and community members. We would like to sincerely
thank Heritage In Flight Museum, Lincoln D.A.R.E., Crystal Alley,
CEFCU, Joe Ryan, Coy's Car Corner, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral
Home, Graue Chevrolet, Guzzardo's Italian Villa, Doug DeMay,
Keystone Risk Management, Chris Coyne, Xamis, State Bank, Kathy
Litherland, Maurice and Karen Irwin, Lincoln Iron and Metal, and
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We would like to commend all of the people who supported the
youth at Lincoln Junior High School. The students thoroughly enjoyed
the field trip and will continue to use the skills learned from the
experience. Thanks for your support.
Laura Irwin and the sixth-grade faculty and students
(Posted March 23, 2006)
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