Ryan from the Ashley Elementary School
of New Baltimore, Michigan drew this image as a condolence message
after the loss of the Columbia crew on February 1, 2003.
March 11, 2003
The School Board of the Val Verde Unified School District in California
named a new school after the Space Shuttle Columbia. Columbia Elementary
School will honor the memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the
seven astronauts who lost their lives in the space shuttle tragedy
during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on February 1, 2003.
Construction on the Columbia Elementary School, which will be located
at Rider Street and Haines Street in Mead Valley, is scheduled to
begin in June 2003. Doors will open to students in August the following
The Val Verde Unified School District serves nearly 12,000 students
in kindergarten through grade 12 at 12 schools located in the Mead
Valley, Perris and Moreno Valley areas. District offices are located
in Perris at 975 West Morgan Street, Perris, California 92571.
the Val Verde School District website.
more on the Columbia page.