BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Nearly 600 children, kindergarten through eighth grade, from Aurora Quest K-8 School filled the gymnasium for a general assembly. Little did they know that this particular assembly would be unlike any they’ve had this year. After Dave Schoenhals, Aurora Quest K-8 principal, greeted his students he revealed the big surprise. They would be meeting a real-life astronaut.
The gym grew loud with the chatter of children as they shifted around on the wood floor and whispered into the ears of their neighbors.