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Up, up and away

During the week of Oct. 29, the seventh graders at Polk County Middle School learned about the science that explains why hot air balloons fly. Dr. Robert Pettis, seventh-grade science teacher at PCMS received two grants last year to fund this activity. A $750 grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and a $300 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation’s Middle School fund were used to purchase materials to build and launch paper hot air balloons in seventh- grade science classes. Students were excited to watch the balloons they built rise into the sky. Pictured are: Trinity Branham, Blair Birenbaum, Abby Amato and Callie Dunn work with their hot air balloon. (article submitted by Carlann Scherping)

Jeremy Johnson, Hayden Gary and Kyle Hopkins test the science of hot air balloons.