News About the Dark Skies, Bright Kids Program

A couple of months ago, several very dedicated graduate students from UVA presented at our monthly Richmond Astronomical Society meeting about the “Dark Skies, Bright Kids” program they are sponsoring in Charlottesville.  The program enhances science education at rural schools.  The graduate students have put a great deal of their personal time and effort into the program, working with elementary school kids in the area.

Well, there is a way we can help them.  The graduate students and faculty have created a children’s astronomy book and are working hard to put a copy of the book in every third grade classroom and school library in Virginia.  To fund the work, they have applied for a Pepsi Refresh grant of $25,000.  The grant will be awarded to the project that receives the most online votes.

Please consider registering at the Pepsi Refresh site and voting:

People register once and then can vote once a day, every day, through September 30th. If you think this is a worthy effort, please vote early and often and spread the word to anyone you think may be interested.  The Dark Skies, Bright Kids folks very much appreciate our support and in, my opinion, are very deserving of that support.

Thanks and best regards,

Jim Browder