Southwest kicks off the 2011 Adopt-A-Pilot program

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (February 28) announced the official takeoff of its award-winning, educational and mentoring program, Adopt-A-Pilot®. Each Spring, fifth-grade students in more than 1,400 classes across the country will “adopt” Southwest Airlines Pilots through a program that leads students through science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects, all based in aviation-related activities. Students also will research careers, reinforce life values, and realize the importance of staying in school.

Nearly 850 Southwest Pilots are volunteering in this year’s Adopt-A-Pilot® program. During the four-week long curriculum, Pilots volunteer their time in participating classrooms and correspond from the “road” via e-mail and postcards. Classrooms chart their adopted Pilot’s course on an official United States route map and complete lessons related to the Pilot’s monthly flying schedule. To learn more about the program visit our blog, Nuts about Southwest at: http://alturl.com/4ctv2.

To access downloadable materials, including photos and a video, please visit: http://www.swamedia.com/releases/2011_adopt_a_pilot_program

Created in 1997, Adopt-A-Pilot® started as a community outreach program in just 50 classrooms in Southwest’s destination cities, and has grown to reach more than 1,400 classrooms in communities nationwide. To date, the program has been offered to more than 300,000 students nationwide.  Southwest Airlines developed the program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Education and the Smithsonian Institution of National Air and Space Museum. National leaders such as Gen. Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, and First Lady Laura Bush have recognized the excellence that the Adopt-A-Pilot program offers students.

Copyright Photo: Michael Carter.

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