Students in Jane Lenners’ classes at Wauneta-Palisade Schools received special stickers from NASA from former student and graduate of Chase County Schools, Sandra Jones, who is completing an internship with the space program. Students included, front from left, Kyle Jutten, Koltar Rahn, Joshua Hicks, Christopher Keen, Diane Martinez, Jacksen Littrel, Jillian Martinez, back from left, Brianna Sramek, Michael Duvel, Seth Knotts, Peyton Vrbas, Sydnee Acton, Chloe Stehno, Halle Bardsley and Cali Cox.
NASA intern sends stickers, information to WP students
Sandra Jones is not only an intern at the NASA Space Program in Houston, Texas, but she is also speaking out as an advocate for all educators.
In a tribute to past teachers posted on Facebook, Jones said, “I’ve had many people ask me just where a teacher fits in at NASA, or who are surprised that they offer internships for my major.
“However, there is a quote that has kept coming back to me these past eight weeks, and it is this ‘Be the person you needed when you were younger.’”
Coming from a home of poverty, with a mother who was in and out of prison, not knowing where her next meal was coming from and without clean clothes, Jones knows about hardship.
But she also knows about success. After graduating from Chase County Schools (CCS), Jones went on to the University of Omaha to major in education.
“One of my philosophies in life is to ‘Give it all away and pay it forward.’ Everything I learn and experience is of no use, if it cannot be shared and passed down,” said Jones.
In an effort to give back in what little way she could, Jones recently sent NASA stickers to Jane Lenners’ fifth and sixth grade language arts and math classes at Wauneta-Palisade Schools, as well as a lot of interesting information on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.
While working as a lifeguard in the summers, Jones quickly bonded with the long time educator in Imperial. Lenners taught at CCS for 20 years.
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