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Nick Smith's Press Release - January 24, 2003

Smith Gets Good Grades for His Report to Schools on Antarctica

(Washington, D.C.) -- Congressman Nick Smith (MI-7) who returned from Antarctica, is pleased by the interest expressed by teachers and students in his daily diary of the Antarctic. The diary described his stay and activities in the Antarctic and was sent via email to more than 200 schools and classrooms in the 7th Congressional District.

A number of students and teachers responded to the diary. DeeAnn Brauer of McKinley School in Battle Creek stated, "Thank you for keeping us updated on your travels. We are finding this very interesting" looking forward to your next email." Judi Paulsen of Battle Creek Public Schools agreed, "Please keep your E-mails coming! We want to learn much, much more about Antarctica."

Kathy Salow's fifth grade class at Hanover-Horton Elementary School said, "We borrowed books from the library and some maps so we could track his progress."

Principal Beth June, of Prairie Elementary School in Adrian, said "sharing this trip with the students is a truly wonderful thing. The students got very excited when they were told, 'Mail from Antarctica!'"

Other classes had previously studied Antarctica, and took this opportunity to revisit this remote land. Doug Moeckel, Assistant Principal for Grass Lake Community Schools, said that the previous year, "our 8th graders went to Chicago and saw 'Shackleton's Great Adventure' on the IMAX theatre at the Navy Pier." According to him, the social studies teachers "made good use" of Smith's diary.

Parents too can stay updated with Smith's diary. Not only is it available on his website at: www.house.gov/nicksmith/antarctica.htm, but students shared the diaries with their parents according to Kelly Murphy of Girard Elementary in Coldwater.

Smith, who chairs the Science Subcommittee on Research, oversees research funding for the National Science Foundation, which operates the research stations in Antarctica. He has been a vocal advocate for math and science education throughout his career as a Congressman. Smith said, "It's important to find ways to ignite our students' enthusiasm for math and science and increase their awareness of global issues. Our national security and economic prosperity depend on it."

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