Fifth graders in Patricia Billi’s class at Rhoades Elementary School participated in the Adopt-A-Pilot program with Southwest Airlines this past school year. Southwest Airlines pilot Frank Miner has been an invaluable resource and mentor at the school for the past four years.
Adopt-A-Pilot is a mentorship program that sends Southwest Airlines pilots into fifth grade classrooms to lead them through lessons on science, geography, math, creative writing, and other core subjects, all based in aviation-related activities. Students will also research careers, F.L.I.G.H.T. values, and realize the importance of staying in school. Adopt-A-Pilot is offered free of charge to schools.
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In the picture: Walid Bnider is learning what happens when a fighter pilot ejects from his jet with the help of Southwest Adopt-A-Pilot, Frank Miner.