Monday, July 14, 2008

RCA Students Take Off for Space Camp

The Ron Clark Academy is proud to announce its new partnership with the Frank Ski Kids Foundation.  Every year the Frank Ski Kids Foundation (FSKF) takes 13 lucky competition winners on a six-day learning excursion to Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This year, FSKF chose all RCA students to take advantage of this explosive experience.

On June 12th, a science competition was held at the Ron Clark Academy and organized by the Frank Ski Kids Foundation.  The 13 winners were chosen from the entrants and awarded the chance to spend time learning about space and aviation.  "We are thrilled to be partnering with such an amazing organization and are pleased with the synergywe have formed together.  The group of kids from the academy is exactly what we have been looking for and the foundation is excited to expose then to a great learning experience," commented Frank Ski, co-host of the top rated Frank and Wanda in the morning show. The 13 winners, who were announced on the Frank and Wanda In The Morning Show on Monday, June 16th were Jalil Allah, Aleyna Bratton-Stallworth, Sydnei Bumpas, Jayla Ellis, Morgan Fambro, Mysty Frazier, Kennedy Guest-Pritchett, Arsene Lakpa, Tiara Milner, Onyx Simpson, Aujahuna Smith, Willie Thornton, and Ciara Williams.

The excursion to space camp used space to excite and further educate RCA students in area of math, science and technology.  Teamwork, self-confidence and communication were embedded in the experience as well.  The Space Academy is an increased intensity program of astronaut and mission training and academics.  Simulated missions to a space station and crew rotation highlighted the week.


Rising 7th grader Willie Thornton received a Top Gun award of recognition for a contest in an aviation fighter challenge during which he competed against all 200 space camp attendees.  Willie was pinned during the graduation ceremony by former U.S. Military Lieutenant Jill Long.


The FSKS graciously funded the entire experience for our 13 RCA students including round-trip transportation via private coach (for both RCA students and their parents), accommodations, registration, activities, material, fees, meals, and prizes.  A special thanks to the FRANK SKI KIDS FOUNDATION.

About the Frank Ski Kids Foundation

The Frank Ski Kids Foundation embraces youth and their value by showing examples and providing hands-on opportunities to promote optimal growth, self-expression, ingenuity, achievement and learning vital to their ambitions.  Through the efforts of the Foundation and the help of charitable contributors, observable differences in communities have been made.  Our efforts to date have helped many children, but the needs of our children remain immense.  We must continue with unfaltering determination and dedication.

This year's Space Camp was sponsered by Legacy Communities and Kroger.

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