Spring Break, a Mission to Mars

Posted: Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Perhaps the most exotic and exciting spring break destination this year was the planet Mars. That was where members of the Kenai Boys & Girls Club found themselves bound for, thanks to the generous bidding of Bob Favretto, Kenai Chrysler Center and Great Bear Ford.

"The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska donated a mission for the Annual Boys & Girls Clubs Auction last fall, Bob Favretto was the winning bidder, and he donated the mission back to the Club. The mission usually costs about $600 and Bob bid $3,000 for the mission and then donated it back so we could bring 28 kids here today for a spring break mission to Mars," explained Keith Randall, Operations Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula. Randall went on to comment about the impact that he witnessed as the club members experienced a simulated mission to Mars, "We'll never know all of the impact that today will really have on these kids lives. These 28 kids have spent 6 weeks preparing for the mission, doing classroom work and studying for the different roles that they have taken on here, all the way from navigators to communications and medical officers. This is more than a fantasy for them; this is a real experience that will stay with them the rest of their lives. It's so exciting to see them excited about learning science and participating in such a positive program," said Randall.

Spring Break week was a busy one for the Boys & Girls Clubs. "We're preparing for summer now, and we'll have full hours during the summer with club activities that are not only fun and recreational, but we always get a little academic learning into our programs as well," added Randall.

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