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home : opinion : columnists April 29, 2016

6/12/2014 9:33:00 AM
Letters to the Editor

Flight experienced

As a teacher I spend much of the last couple weeks reflecting on the successes and what can be done better next time. The fondest of memories from years of teaching are experiences (not tests, or lessons, or the daily tasks) but unique experiences.

Last month the Discovery Program had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Seattle Museum of Flight at Boeing field. We had a great tour, seeing replicas of the first flying machines, hearing stories of the early great thinkers, touring the WWI and II history of aviation, touring an old Air Force One and space shuttle replica. It was an amazing place filled with amazing stories.

But the best of all was an experience. After touring we had lunch and talked about our favorite plane or story. I asked if anyone would be interested in the flight simulator and was met with a very enthusiastic reply followed by several, "I'd love to but I can't afford it..."

Fortunately Captian Bly's Educational Foundation is all about experiences! We were granted some money to enhance the students 'experience' and this was the perfect use. We all went to the flight simulators and in pairs we practiced flying and chasing other aircraft. After practicing each pair (at different times) went into the simulators. There is a camera inside the simulators that live feeds to a monitor right outside the simulator. I had not seen the students laugh, smile, and giggle for a solid 4 minutes since our last Algebra II test. 

They absolutely loved the flight simulators, and talked about it for much of the drive home. It's the experiences we remember. Thank you Captian Bly's Education Foundation for providing the means for a wonderful experience. An already fun and enlightening field trip was enhanced with a great experience!

Thank you,

Travis Blue and the Discovery Posse


A Thief in Our Community!

Every year my mother, sister, and I put flowers on the graves of our loved ones that are buried or interred at the Leavenworth Cemetery on Icicle Road for Memorial Day. We do this to honor our family members, both Veterans and civilians, who are missed and still loved. Each of the last four years someone has stolen at least one of the arrangements from the grave markers we have honored. This year the flower arrangements that my family lovingly placed on eight graves were taken and removed from the cemetery. Why would anyone do such a thing? My mother is very distressed, and my sister and I are also upset and simply angry. It's not about the money or time we spent putting the potted flower arrangements together, but the thought that anyone would think so little of the memories we cherish of our loved ones and take them for their personal use. There are so many amazing things about living in Leavenworth and we have a strong sense of community. It is very disheartening to find that someone has so little respect for the people who live here. Please, whoever is doing this, think about the hurt you are causing people who live and have passed away in this area.

Lynn Stirling


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