FPC battles NASA for space supremacy… well, sort of!
By Cindy Grant
“5-4-3-2-1…BLASTOFF!” With that, kids from far and wide will launch (with adult supervision) model rockets high into the bright blue sky. Upward they will fly, with some reaching almost to the clouds. Then, parachutes will open, and they will float lazily, back to earth.
It’s all a part of the Franklin Presbyterian Church Model Rocket Program, and it begins March 18 at 12:30 p.m. at the church, 280 Franklin Church Drive.
The flight commander is James Williams, a Korean War veteran who worked on bombers and flew on missions. He has worked with model rockets for years, and will provide all the parts, as well as teaching the youth how to build a model rocket.
On the first Saturday, March 18, the youth will learn about model rockets and how they work. Then, under the supervision of adults, they will construct their own model rocket, complete with a Bible verse decorating the side.
On Saturday, March 25, they will head to Salisbury Community Park on Hurley School Road at 10 a.m. sharp for lift off. Supervisors will man each launch pad. Staff members will be on site to insure the safety of all participants. The entire program will be conducted in compliance with the Model Rocketry Safety Code.
And then… lift-off! The sky will be filled with model rockets; one after another, as the youth feel the satisfaction of watching their creations shoot into the sky… higher than a tall building.
It is all free. Franklin Presbyterian Church members are providing the model rocket parts, instruction and overall supervision. Parents will need to accompany younger children who wish to participate.
So, join us, on the 18th and 25th of March. We look forward to a field full of youth and families on launch day.
To register, call Franklin Presbyterian Church, 704 633-2292 or email at Franklinpre43211@bellsouth.net