The teachers at the Russian-American Community Center of Florida prepared a special class for their students on April 9, 2011. The children, ages 5-9, learned about Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. The class comes as part of a month long celebration of Russian speaking heritage, sponsored by the Community Center, as April 12, 2011 will mark the 50th anniversary of the epic launch that started the space race back in 1961.
Russian speaking students from multiple cities will travel to Kennedy Space Center on April 10, 2011 for a special program that demonstrates the history of space exploration. “Many of our students are from Russian-American families and it’s a positive influence on them to see how their heritage is intertwined as both Americans and Russians journeyed into space. With the 50th anniversary we want them to see how important this event was and how today Russians and Americans continue that journey as partners.”, said Elena Barruelo, PhD, RACCF’s teacher for children’s classes.”
Visit RussianAmericanCenter.org to learn about other programs happening in April, including a special movie night, childrens art competition and Picnic.