4th Grade Astronomy Program a success due to community support | SummitDaily.com

4th Grade Astronomy Program a success due to community support

Summit Daily Staff report
KSS 2nd year instructor DC Alatorre welcomes families and students to Family Astronomy Night.
Keystone Science School |

Between January and March, Keystone Science School worked with all six elementary schools in Summit County through the grant-funded 4th Grade Astronomy Program.

The program is made possible through support from the Daniels-Houlton Family Foundation, The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation, Dillon Town Council, town of Frisco and The Summit Foundation Youth Giving Council. The standards-based program, which this year reached 245 students, is designed to supplement fourth-grade students’ regular astronomy curriculum with hands-on activities and experiential learning. The program’s culminating Family Astronomy Night engages parents and siblings in the learning process by bringing everyone together at KSS campus in Keystone to play games, build skills, enforce knowledge and look through the 14-inch observatory telescope to see the planets firsthand.

KSS would like to thank the funders for their support of this community program, as well as the fourth-grade teachers, Summit School District leadership and 37 amazing community volunteers who committed a total of 154 hours of time to make the program a great success.


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