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Star Power: Kanawha Elementary counting down to Space Guardian visit

Kanawha Elementary School third-graders view a picture of the surface of Mars shared by Lt. Col. Christopher Evey, a guardian in the U.S. Space Force, who addressed students virtually on Dec. 21, 2021. (File Photo)
Kanawha Elementary School third-graders look at a map of NASA’s Wallops Island rocket-launching facility in Virginia on a screen shared by Lt. Col. Christopher Evey, a guardian in the U.S. Space Force, who addressed students virtually on Dec. 21, 2021. (File Photo)

KANAWHA — Students at Kanawha Elementary got to speak with Space Force Guardian Lt. Col Christopher Evey via Zoom back in December and will now get a chance to meet with him in person Thursday.

“We’re just thrilled to have him,” Michael Erb, Coordinator of Communications for Wood County Schools, said. “It was a great opportunity when he was able to talk to the kids back in December. … A lot of people don’t realize Space Force is a branch of the military, and a very serious branch of the military. So, yeah, that was very, very nice for all of us, and the kids loved it. They had a great time with it, and it will be even nicer to have him there in person.”

Activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a general address from Evey in the gym followed by a rocket launch by the local Boy Scouts in the field outside (weather permitting). There will be tables and stations set up for students and parents to interact with. There will be activities in the gym, spearheaded by teacher Amber Matty. Dr. Jared Gump of Wet Virginia University at Parkersburg will be on hand to speak with students about science majors offered at the university.

Evey will also have a station with a Q&A, activities, and pictures for students to take part in. Chick fil A and Kona Ice will be providing food with flavors such as Galaxy Grape, Solar Sun Lemon, and Mercury Mango. There will also be a pre-school signup table outdoors, the First Grade art show in the cafeteria, and a space themed photo booth in the music hallway. Everything should wrap-up around 7:30 p.m.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

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