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Educator Astronaut Report Card: Education Partners Provide Crisis Resources

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

February 27, 2003

RELEASE: 03-083

Image drawn by Ciara from the Coebourne Elementary School in Brookhaven,Penn. Ciara from the Coebourne Elementary School in Brookhaven, Penn. drew this picture in response to the Columbia tragedy. Thank you Ciara for sharing your art.

NASA's partners and friends at Challenger Learning Centers and the California Department of Education have nurtured and engaged students for years, and they are currently helping students and teachers cope with the Columbia tragedy by providing helpful resources.

Dr. Adena Williams Loston, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education, said, "The Challenger families took on the goal and responsibility for motivating students to continue their quest and desire to forge ahead in space exploration 17 years ago. Since the Columbia mishap, the Challenger Centers have once again proven their resounding and undaunted strength by providing web-based resources for talking with children about the tragedy. They have also posted a letter to the children of the Columbia crew written by Kathie Scobee Fulgham, daughter of Dick Scobee, the Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger." "The California Department of Education sent us a kind letter of encouragement and has also offered resources in crisis counseling," she said.

The Educator Astronaut Program has received more than 2,200 nominations since the Columbia accident, and more than 4,900 total nominations since the program debuted on January 21, 2003.

The letter addressed to the children of the Columbia astronauts, written by Kathie Scobee Fulgham and the children of the Challenger crew, is posted on the Internet at:

Resources for talking with children about the tragedy are on the California Department of Education Web site and the Challenger Center Web site:

To learn more about the Educator Astronaut Program and other NASA education activities on the Internet visit:

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