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Creekside Students Learn About Flying

Reprinted with permission from The Georgetown Gazette -  Nov 7, 2002


We want to thank a special community group for volunteering their time to provide a remarkable educational experience for 30 second and third grade students from Creekside School in Georgetown. On Sunday, Oct 13, each student became an EAA Young Eagle by taking flight with one of the many volunteer pilots and ground crew members of Friends of the Georgetown Airport.

Flights included a ground talk about the planes and safety. Students wore headsets so they could talk to pilots and hear radio communication. Pilots taught the students about instruments in the planes and the science of flight. Each pilot made an effort to fly over the children's home and school and identified landmarks on the ground as they were flying. Many pilots generously took parents and siblings for flights as well.

We want to recognize Trish and Steve Cimmarusti, the Fixed Base Operators of Georgetown Airport, for their generous efforts to make this such a special experience for these kids. Special thanks to Jim Schardt for organizing the pilots and ground crew for this day. And especially thanks to the 10 pilots and 10 ground crew volunteers.

We would also like to thank Creekside parents, Beth Wilson, Lisa Borello and Lisa Patterson for organizing groups, providing refreshments and communicating with Trish Cimmarusti to insure that every student received a special certificate and name entry in the national Young Eagles Log Book.

We are proud that our small community has such an active group to support our students in learning. We also have a new appreciation for the Airport and its operators as a valuable community resource.

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