St. Aloysius Catholic School, Yoder, was recognized last May as a National ACE (Aerospace Connections in Education) School of the Year. On Friday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., the school will celebrate in the 2016 National ACE Lift-Off. Distinguished guests, aviation demonstrations, displays and student activities will all be included in the hour-long celebration. The school community will also express its gratitude for those who serve our country. The rest of the day will include student activities related to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.
St. Aloysius has weekly ACE lessons and activities throughout the year. The program is provided at no cost to schools across the nation by the Civil Air Patrol and presenting sponsor, the Air Force Association. Aimed at grades kindergarten through sixth, the grade-level specific program uses the aerospace theme to enhance all academic subjects with an emphasis on STEM. St. Aloysius also includes the seventh and eighth-grade classes in the curriculum. The program promotes good character, physical fitness and service to one another.
MSgt. Anthony Vining of the 122nd Fighter Wing/CAP Squadron has taught the students for two years and has brought hands-on STEM learning projects to the students. This has included a flight simulator, a computer-based weather stations, and cars and rockets that the students build.
MSgt. Vining has been named the ACE Educator of the Year. A student of St. Aloysius was selected as one among four students out of 20,000 nationwide recognized as top performers.
For additional information about the event and St. Aloysius School contact Tina Voors, principal of St. Aloysius, at 260-622-7151 or email at tvoors.
St. Aloysius is located at 14607 Bluffton Road, Yoder, just south of I-469, Exit 6.