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2013.04.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

College and High School Students Restore Aviation Artifacts
Service Learning Partnership Between UNO, Burke High School and the Strategic Air and Space Museum

Omaha - Aviation history will come to life on Friday, April 19, as students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Burke High School join forces at the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Neb.

Students from both schools spent the semester researching the museum’s C-54 aircraft and various other artifacts from aviation history. From their research, the students have created displays that will help the museum educate future visitors.

The project is the culmination of a P-16 service-learning project between UNO, Burke and the Strategic Air and Space Museum. UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups:

- UNO students and their teachers
- Pre school-through-high school students and their teachers
- Community organizations and their members

During the past semester, the Burke High School students from Randall Howard’s history course have been working with Scott Vlasek’s “Introduction to Aviation” students at UNO. The students have visited the museum; interviewed museum staff and volunteers; and provided restoration of materials as a part of their research. In addition, the students learned about the history of the items and what it takes to prepare them for display.

The P-16 Initiative works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education. The UNO Service Learning Academy facilitates collaborative partnerships between the university and the metropolitan community for the purpose of enhancing student learning; advancing community service and initiatives; and fostering engaged citizenship.

The Strategic Air & Space Museum: Igniting the thrill of innovation and discovery begins with exciting educational and outreach programs. Each year, the museum serves thousands of students through a variety of field trips, overnight programs, and school and community presentations given throughout the region and state.

For more information, please contact:
Laura Krueger, UNO Service Learning Academy at 402.554.2712 or lkruegerr@unomaha.edu
Erika Jacobson, UNO Service Learning Academy at 605.366.4051 or ejjacobson@unomaha.edu
Randall Howard, Burke High School at 402.557.3200 or randall.howard@ops.org
Scott Vlasek, UNO School of Aviation or svlasek@unomaha.edu.

For media requests, please contact:

Charley Reed, UNO University Communications, at 402.554.2129 or cdreed@unomaha.edu
Angela Roeber, Strategic Air & Space Museum, at 402.944.3100 ext. 220 or aroeber@strategicairandspace.com.

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