First African-American Astronaut Takes Students on ‘Dream Tour’
- November 4, 2010
Former U.S. Astronaut Bernard Harris gave students and teachers in Baton Rouge a first-hand experience with the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics when “The Dream Tour, presented by ExxonMobil” made its eighth stop of 2010 on October 27. During his visit, Harris spoke to nearly 2,000 East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Baker Middle School and Crestworth Learning Academy middle school students at Scotlandville Magnet High School.
The national tour is designed to encourage today’s middle school students to realize their potential and strive to acquire strong math and science skills. The program included an interactive and inspirational program by Dr. Harris, a demonstration on space and engaging dialogue about achieving goals.
“It is critical that American students are prepared with the problem-solving skills and tools to tackle challenges they may face in the future. Providing them with a strong foundation in math and science education is imperative, and with The Dream Tour, I hope to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in these fields,” Dr. Harris said.
From humble beginnings in Houston to making history as the first African-American to walk in space, Dr. Harris is a living example of achieving high aspirations. His story provides a powerful backdrop to bring his message to students in cities across America. Since 2008, Dr. Harris has inspired nearly 35,000 middle school students in more than 20 cities nationwide.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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