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Giving Thanks. Making Cool Stuff. Seeing Stars.

They say education opens doors and creates opportunities.  This Week @ Kirtland, we’re finding this to be true in some special, fun – and way out there – ways!

Veterans Day Recognition @ Kirtland

Kirtland kicked off a great week by recognizing veterans.  On Monday, several veterans from our local communities recognized and honored the sacrifices of America’s veterans – past and present – at a special ceremony in the Student Center on Kirtland’s main campus.  Following this inspirational presentation and a really cool bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace,” vets comprised of Kirtland students, employees and community members enjoyed lunch as a small token of appreciation for their service to our country and the freedoms we all enjoy.  Freedom isn’t free, so remember to thank a vet.  On Veterans Day AND every day.

Later in the week, a great group of Houghton Lake fourth graders trekked out to the chemistry lab on the main campus and found out that you can make some really cool stuff out of normal, everyday household supplies.  While Chalk, Mystery Goo and Ghastly Gak are all pretty awesome, it’s a pretty safe bet the kids liked making their own ice cream the most!  In a matter of 10-15 minutes, these young learners found out they can whip up a tasty bowl of ice cream.  Thanks to Kirtland’s Scott Cochrane, Pam Nuttall and all of the chemistry student lab assistants for showing our visiting friends just how cool science can be!

Tomorrow, Scott Cochrane gets busy sharing the cool science of sky gazing and astronomy with local community members.  On Saturday, Scott is teaming up with St. Helen local Devette Kerekes to host “Moon and Night Sky Viewing” at the Old Game Refuge just outside of St. Helen on Clear Lake Road/F-28.  The viewing is open to the public, begins at 4:00 and runs as long as there is interest in checking out the vast night skies.  “Big Blue” – a 13-inch telescope – provides an awesome opportunity to really check out everything there is to see in the mid-November evening sky!  If you’d like more info about tomorrow’s Sky Viewing, contact Devette at  Oh, and did I mention hot cocoa, coffee and donuts??

Fourth Graders enjoy Chemistry Day @ Kirtland

So whether it’s remembering to be thankful, learning to make yummy ice cream, or dreaming about the universe, it’s great to know that Kirtland recognized a lot of stars this week.  Patriot stars.  Up and coming stars.  And stars in the great beyond.

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