As our second graders at St. Anne's Episcopal School continue their exploration of outer space and prepare for their upcoming solar system shows, they had the rare opportunity to speak with someone who has actually journeyed into space!
Captain Winston E. Scott, retired NASA Astronaut, spent a half hour answering the students' questions, talking about his space shuttle missions, and describing how it felt to take his three EVA's, or spacewalks. Mr. Scott was an engaging speaker, and the students returned to their classrooms inspired! Some report that they might work to be astronauts some day.
In a day and age when our children hear so many negative news stories, it really was an honor to speak directly to a living "hero." Captain Scott is someone who is brave, kind, and dedicated to learning and to humanity. He was clear and honest with the children, connecting right on their level. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity.
We thank Captain Scott, Ms. Kamilah Ellis, mother of Amina and Naima, for arranging this opportunity, and Mrs. Shepherd for setting up our Skype session for a comfortable conversation in the library. It was a stellar morning!
-Beth Bell and Denise Russell, Second Grade Teachers