Greenwood Events
Thursday, December 20, 2001

Woodbridge students ready for space travel

By Michael Sullivan

Launching a Dream is an annual statewide aerospace education program that has been in place for the past 11 years in Delaware. The program is coordinated by Dr. Stephanie Wright and involves efforts from students, teachers, parents and local businesses. “Missions” coordinated through the program take place at various sites throughout Delaware. On Tuesday, representatives with the program were at Woodbridge Elementary School, Greenwood, conducting try-outs for prospective “astronauts.” Twelve students from Woodbridge will be selected for a mission at Dover Air Force Base, which will take place on Wednesday, May 22.

The 12 students will be selected out of a field of 22 who participated in a competition that tested their dexterity, physical fitness, coordination, teamwork and public speaking abilities. The 2002 Launching a Dream project exposes students to simulated pre-flight, post-flight and in-flight shuttle activities. The Woodbridge crew, led by teacher Shannon Cathcart, will team up with a crew from Wilmington Montessori, which is being directed by Paula Sharpe. The payload of the students’ “shuttle” will include an exchange of data from long-term experiments including plant growth and comparison, animal behavior, water and Mars soil testing, crystal growth, and communication and map-reading skills. Get Away Specials are one of the most exciting aspects of the program, Wright said. These are devices, named by students in participating schools, that will ride aboard the shuttle and be launched into orbit around the earth. Four orbiters will make the trip in all. A logo design contest, a space science fair and the astronaut selection process ensure that every student in the participating schools has an opportunity to participate in the project on some level, Wright said.

Holiday Open House at the Carriage Place
An Open House will be held at the Carriage Place, 21700 Eskridge Road, Bridgeville, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. The Carriage Place is located next to Four Paws Animal Hospital. From US 13 take Del. 18 east to Kemp Road (first road to the right), then travel one mile to Eskridge Road and turn left. The Carriage Place is the second lane on the right. Look for the signs. Ed and Deana Banning invite the public to share Christmas in the barn where there will be caroling, small animals, the Nativity, wagon rides and refreshments. This is a good family event suitable for small children.