Indiana elementary school making space station call

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — Students at a northern Indiana elementary school will be making a very long distance call to the International Space Station later this summer.

The conversation between students at Miami County’s Maconaquah Elementary School and a space station crew member will take place sometime in August.

Fifth grade teacher Cassandra Knolinski applied for the program that she calls a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the students. She tells the Kokomo Tribune she hopes the event will inspire students to dream big.

School officials say a $4,000 grant from Purdue University will buy equipment needed to make proper contact with the station. A live feed of the event will be shown at each Maconaquah district school building, as well as online. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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