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NASA and Congressional Leaders Kick-Off Explorer School Event
An educational partnership between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Robert L. Ford K-8 School in Lynn, Mass. will have its official kickoff event next Monday, Sept. 25 at the school beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.

Participating in the event will be U.S. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry, U.S. Representative John F. Tierney, officials from NASA and retired NASA astronaut, Dr. Jeff Hoffman.

What: Student assembly
When: 10 a.m., Monday, September 25, 2006
Where: Robert L. Ford K-8 School, Lynn, Mass.
Who: Members of Congress, NASA officials, retired NASA astronaut

The NASA Explorer Schools Program provides schools with classroom resources and innovative technology based on NASA's missions and discoveries. During the three-year partnership, NASA helps schools address science, technology, engineering and mathematics needs. Robert L. Ford K-8 School was selected as a NASA Explorer School beginning in academic year 2006-2007.

News media wishing to attend the kickoff event should contact Kathe Landergan at Robert L. Ford K-8 School by calling (781) 477-7376 to arrange access and accreditation.

For more about the NASA Explorer Schools Program, news media may contact Michelle Jones in Goddard's Office of Communications by calling (301) 286-8102. Information is also available via the Internet, at: + Explorer School website

Michelle Jones
Goddard Space Flight Center