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BOYNTON BEACH – Christa McAuliffe Middle School will honor its namesake during a ceremony to honor the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion that killed all seven astronauts on board, including Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space. The school’s chorus and band will perform at the ceremony, which also will be attended by several veterans groups.

WHAT: Space Shuttle Challenger 30th anniversary memorial ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 28, beginning at 9:15 a.m.

WHERE: Christa McAuliffe Middle School gym
6500 Le Chalet Blvd.
Boynton Beach

Construction was underway on Christa McAuliffe Middle School when the Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. When it came time to officially name the school, the decision was made to name it in McAuliffe’s memory.

Thursday’s ceremony is just one way that the school helps to keep McAuliffe’s memory alive. Teachers have been incorporating mini-lessons about McAuliffe and the story of the Space Shuttle Challenger to teach students about the story. The school’s mascot is a Space Shuttle, and its motto is “Challengers SOAR!” The school also has NASA mementos on display, and created an Information Communications Technology Academy that aligns with the technology aspect of the space program.

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