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Kottkamp presents telescope, dictionaries to local kids

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By Angye Morrison

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp paid a visit to Gretna and Chattahoochee elementary schools last Wednesday afternoon, bringing along some very special cargo – dictionaries for third and fourth grade students at both schools and a telescope for Gretna Elementary.

The telescope was the first donated by the Gammons Foundation Tomorrow’s Astronaut program. The equipment, which has been used by astronauts at NASA, will be housed at GES, but will be available for use throughout the district.

Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist Church, one of GES’ faith-based partners, worked behind the scenes to bring the donation to fruition, under the leadership of its pastor, Rev. Matthew Carter.

Lisa Robinson, principal of Gretna Elementary, said the telescope – and the visit from Kottkamp – was exciting for students and faculty alike.

“Some of the teachers will use the telescope when their fifth grade students study the Solar System, which is part of their curriculum,” she said, adding that the equipment will bring the curriculum to life for the students.

“This really inspired our students,” said Robinson. “It blew me away. We have such limited resources, so to have this is remarkable. It will help our students to see there is a whole world out there beyond Gretna and Gadsden County. This has opened up a whole new world to them.”