Englewood students learn about aviation

National Guard helicopter lands at Englewood Middle School

Joseph Rios
jrios@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/16/19

There was a feeling of excitement at the soccer field at the Englewood campus in the chilly December air. About 360 students from Englewood Middle School were about to have an education experience …

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Englewood students learn about aviation

National Guard helicopter lands at Englewood Middle School

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There was a feeling of excitement at the soccer field at the Englewood campus in the chilly December air. About 360 students from Englewood Middle School were about to have an education experience unlike any other — courtesy of the Colorado Army National Guard.

Students at Englewood Middle School were treated to a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunity to discuss aviation on Dec. 13 when the Colorado Army National Guard landed a UH-60 helicopter in the middle of the soccer field.

“You see this helicopter? Someone had to build it,” Steven Leflar told the middle schoolers. He is a member of the Colorado Army National Guard and was recently appointed to the Englewood School Board.

Students had an opportunity to go inside the helicopter, take their picture by it and speak to members of the Colorado Army National Guard about their jobs. Annessa Hart, principal for Englewood Middle School, said students were asking about what it means to be in the military, how they could become pilots and more.

“I never experienced anything like this when I was in school, and I'm just really humbled and glad that the (Colorado Army National Guard) was able to do this,” said Hart.

The helicopter is used for local search and rescue missions. Englewood Schools offers STEM learning to all K-12 students in all of its schools.

“It's real fun and cool to see the military that fights for us every day. It was great to check out the helicopter in person and hear about (Colorado Army National Guard) jobs,” said Michael Miles, an eighth-grade student at Englewood Middle School.

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