National Geographic : 1993 Jan
Thanks to Denise Blume's interest in flight, her students are reaching new heights in their science studies. Denise, a fourth-grade teacher at Bayou Woods Elementary School in Slidell, Louisiana, is the creator ofan inventive learning program en titled "Wings:' "What I do with 'Wings:" explains Denise, "ischannel their excitement about flight into an excitement about science. Denise accomplishes this with a variety ofdynamic projects that empha sizes hands-on experience. For example, after studying the design and purpose of rockets, the students construct and launch their own model rockets. They also learn the fundamentals ofaerody namics by designing and flying their own paper airplanes. Yet, the highlight of the program is a class trip to the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. "The tour:' says Denise, "isa minia ture history lesson. It helps them under stand the profound influence aviation and aerospace have had on their lives.' State Farm isdelighted to present Denise with our Good Neighbor Award, along with a contribution of $5,000 to Bayou Woods Elementary School in her name. Denise Blume. Thanks to her imagi native ways, her students are receiving a top-flight education. STATE FARM INSURANCE STATE FARMINSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices:Bloomington,Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed incooperation with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).