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April 1, 2003

SPRING INTO SCIENCE…WITH THE MECKLENBURG COUNTY AmeriCorps PROJECT

Grades K - 5: Learning to Fly over Spring Break

Charlotte, NC - Spring is in the air and that means a week off from school for most Mecklenburg County students. Instead of spending their time at the mall or in front of a television, many young people will learn the secrets of flight and space travel.

"Spring Into Science" is a week of fun and enriching educational activities with a scientific twist. This year's theme is "aerospace." It will be held April 14 - 18, 2003, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at two recreation centers.

· Naomi Drenan Recreation Center: 950 Beal Street, Charlotte

· Southview Recreation Center: 1700 Vilma Street, Charlotte

The cost is $15 per child and applications will be accepted through April 11. Interested parents and students can pick up registration forms at either recreation center or at the Mecklenburg County AmeriCorps Project office in the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte. You may also request forms to be mailed to you by calling 704-336-2082.

Students in grades K - 2 will go through PRE-FLIGHT, learning how birds and planes fly and actually building their own spacesuits. Grades 3 - 5 will LIFT-OFF, making and flying kites, participating in an airplane contest and even launching rockets. There will be games, T-shirt making, ice cream and a field trip to Discovery Place.

Spring into Science is sponsored by the Mecklenburg County AmeriCorps Project, collaborate effort between Cooperative Extension and Park & Recreation. AmeriCorps members direct the camp with the help of 4-H Youth Development program staff. More information is available at http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/mecklenburg or by calling 704-336-2082.



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