Thursday, April 17, 2008

Daily News Press Release on Del Air Education Team

Attn: Del Airs and Interested Guests,

Please scroll down for a press release that appeared in the Daily News on April 12, and was contributed by our very own Julie Marin.
It's things like this that keeps our club in the community spotlight. (Great job Julie, you're the BOMB!!!!)


"Jim Van Winkle and Dick Flaharty give hands-on instruction to students at Capistrano Street Elementary School."

Provided by: Julia Marin

This team is certainly not nearly as well known as the Dodgers, the Lakers or even the local high school teams. This team is the Del Air Rockhounds Education Team and it's all about education.

The six-member team, led by Maxine Dearborn, is fast becoming quite well known among teachers and students of second and fourth-grade classes in the Valley.

The Del Air Rockhounds Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The
Education Team members are volunteers who donate their time to introduce students to the beauty and wonder of rocks and their formation, as well as many types of fossils.

The students get to view up-close the many exhibits such as a tooth from a mammoth, a replica of a sabre-tooth cat and petrified dinosaur dung. They get to ask questions and have hands-on experiences they might not otherwise have.

In just three months (February-April), the team will have visited 15 public and private schools in the Valley, teaching the students about the earth sciences. By the end of April, team members will have spoken to more than 2,000 students.

Capistrano Street School PTA invited the team to present its program to
the entire school. The team spoke to more than 400 students in two days and scored big with the grade-school audience.

The Del Air Rockhounds Club does not charge for the school
presentations, however, donations are gratefully accepted. A recent donation enabled the team to purchase several magnifying glasses for the students to use, making the exhibit an even more hands-on experience for future classes.

Anyone interested in learning more about the club is invited to attend
a meeting at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the United Methodist Church of Northridge, 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge CA.

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