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Challenger Learning Center gets El Pomar donation to complete space science center

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Debbie Kelley

The Gazette

Starting this fall, kids blasting off for space at the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs will do so from a galaxy-sized improved launch site.

One of the final donations to complete a new space science center, scheduled to open in August, is a $100,000 grant from philanthropic powerhouse El Pomar Foundation.

“We really believe that this new project is completely in line with what they (El Pomar) stand for in supporting southern Colorado and the whole community,” said Challenger Learning Center CEO Rob Fredell.

The learning center has, since 2002, provided hands-on space education and simulator missions from Challenger Middle School in Academy School District 20.

Now it’s moving to the new Center for Modern Learning to build its bigger space science center on the campus of Legacy Peak Elementary, also in Academy D-20. That school opened last semester in the Wolf Ranch neighborhood in northeastern Colorado Springs.

“We support all schools and all kids in southern Colorado,” Fredell said, “and we’re getting region-wide support for the building.”

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