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Space Force Guardian lands at Kanawha Elementary School

Lt. Col. Christopher Evey explained Space Force locations to students, parents, and teachers Thursday night at Kanawha Elementary School. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)

DAVISVILLE — Space Night kicked off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kanawha Elementary with Space Force Guardian Lt. Col. Christopher Evey giving a presentation on all things Space Force.

Parents, teachers, and students packed the gym as Evey explained everything from what it is the Space Force does, how it was formed, and bases of operations to the creation of uniforms and symbols.

Evey concluded by presenting student Sawyer Deem with a special Space Force award for his help and giving the school an official Space Force flag.

“I think it was such a great welcome,” he said. “I was really pleased to have the chance to come out and do this.”

Evey spoke with third-graders via Zoom back in December, but this was his first in-person visit to the school.

Lt. Col. Christopher Evey answered questions from third-grader Calvin Byrd during a Q&A Thursday night. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)

“It was a little bit disappointing that we had to resort to the distance type things,” Evey stated. “And so when I got the invite to come out here, I wanted to come. I want to be able to do this in person, and meet people face to face, and just be able to interact with them, which to me, is very fulfilling, especially with the kids.”

“We had a tremendous turn out,” school Principal Matt Null said. “It’s really neat that we can bring somebody in and have a direct impact on the learning of our students and the local community. And that’s what it’s all about.”

Evey hopes to continue reaching out to local communities.

“I’m hoping Space Force evolves into, like, a continual community engagement program. I think there’s probably a lot of opportunities there.”

Douglass Huxley can be reached at dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

Lt. Col. Christopher Evey presented student Sawyer Deem with a Space Force award Thursday night. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)

Students and parents participated in activities during Thursday’s night Space Night at Kanawha Elementary School. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)

Lt. Col. Christopher Evey gave a presentation on Space Force during Kanawha Elementary’s Space Night Thursday. (Photo by Douglass Huxley)

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