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From Childhood Dreams to Soaring Realities: A Parachute Team's Impact on Education

As I reflect on the whimsical musings of my childhood days, one particular daydream always stood out - the image of a parachute team gracefully descending onto our school grounds, heralding the start of our kickball games. Little did I know that fifty years later, this childhood fantasy would transform into a remarkable reality, thanks to the unwavering support of numerous individuals and organizations.

Central to this extraordinary feat was the incredible backing of Paraclete XP, and the Children of Fallen Heroes, Parachute Team jumpers whose expertise and dedication made the impossible possible. Alongside them stood a dedicated ground crew, the aviation community, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), our diligent staff, and a legion of volunteers, each playing a vital role in bringing this dream to fruition.

The pinnacle of this adventure was our participation in the Cliffdale Elementary School, Cultural Day event, a momentous occasion that saw us tandem skydiving alongside the internationally renowned Jamaican teacher, Tiffany Smith. Beyond the adrenaline rush and the breathtaking views from above, this experience held profound significance. It provided us with a unique platform to raise awareness about our STEM Swift Robotics Program partners and advocate for education through innovative avenues like STEM+arts.

Moreover, our involvement transcended the skies as we committed ourselves to giving back to the community.

Through initiatives like donating books to the Cliffdale Elementary School Library, we sought to enrich the educational resources available to students at Cliffdale school. By nurturing a culture of learning and curiosity, we aimed to empower the next generation with the tools they need to reach for the stars, both figuratively and literally.

In hindsight, the journey from childhood dreams to soaring realities has been nothing short of miraculous. It serves as a testament to the power of collaboration, determination, and unwavering belief in the impossible.

As we continue to navigate life's adventures, let us hold onto the spirit of possibility that fuels our dreams and propels us to new heights. After all, with the right support and a dash of courage, anything is possible, even a parachute team kick-starting our kickball games.

Blue Skies,

Ken Wasley, President and Founder

Children of Fallen Heroes


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