This was the fifth summer that Querbes moderator, Mrs. Cate Majka, and her fellow physics teacher, Mrs. Jan Grana accompanied students to the EAA AirVenture fly-in convention, known as the greatest celebration of aviation in the world.
Once again, it was more than a sightseeing trip. Students rolled up their sleeves and helped in the KidVenture area — set up in three hangars across from the AirVenture museum — which offers hands-on activities and learning opportunities to young, aspiring pilots.
KidVenture officials even acknowledged Saint Viator’s commitment to the show, by presenting the students with a five-year, recognition plaque.
Many of the Saint Viator students chose to work in the riveting booth, where they helped children learn how to construct the standard aviation fastener, using state-of-the-art rivet guns.
“This year was super enriching for me,” said senior Danielle Laterza, about her second year volunteering in Oshkosh. “I decided to volunteer at a more challenging job than before. Learning how to rivet was thrilling, but being able to pass that knowledge on to younger children gave me a strong sense of accomplishment.”
Students spent four hours volunteering in KidVenture, before getting a chance to explore some of the highlights of the show itself, spread out across 1,800 acres and filled with more than 12,000 airplanes.
Their day concluded with watching the daily air show itself, which this year included World War II warbirds flying, as well a British Harrier jump jet, and modern aerobatic airplanes.
“This is always a great trip,” Mrs. Majka said. “It gives students a different type of volunteering experience where they get to help younger kids learn a valuable skill that they couldn’t learn somewhere else — and they have fun seeing the sights of the convention and airshow.”
Plus, she added, that this type of learning experience — outside the classroom walls — reinforces Saint Viator’s commitment to excellence in education by accompanying students along a lifelong journey of learning and discovery.