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Operation #InspireTheFuture Delivers Free Airshow Tickets to 3,600 Rancho Cordova Students and Their Parents

Post Date:09/01/2017 11:15 AM
A surprise Mitchell Middle and Williamson Elementary School assembly at Dave Roberts Community Park on Thursday morning, August 24th, kicked off an exhilarating morning organized by the City of Rancho Cordova in partnership with the California Capital Airshow. After listening to inspiring speeches by their school principals, Airshow Operations Manager Angela Terry, City of Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge, Congressman Ami Bera, and Superintendent Dr. Sarah Koligian, students were still unaware of what was in store for them. 
That’s when California Army National Guard pilots landed a Blackhawk helicopter in the middle of the park and military teams from the California Army National Guard and California Air National Guard carried in “Top Secret” boxes, which contained backpacks filled with free exclusive “Operation #InspireTheFuture” tickets.  Valued at nearly $175,000, these tickets to the September 9-10 California Capital Airshow were distributed to 3,600 Rancho Cordova students and their parents. 
The City held its first Operation #InspireTheFuture events last year to give Rancho Cordova students’ the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight at the Airshow cost-free, learn about Rancho Cordova’s military history, as well as the exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities in the military and beyond.
After the surprise assembly at Dave Roberts Community Park, 13 more Rancho Cordova elementary, middle, and high schools received special visits from Rancho Cordova City Council members, military squadrons from the California Air National Guard and California Army National Guard Air Force, and Airshow representatives. The military teams encouraged students to dream big and work hard in school, while sharing insights about their own jobs and passions.
Five additional Operation #InspireTheFuture deliveries are planned, giving students at each of the 20 elementary, middle and high schools in Rancho Cordova the opportunity to experience the Airshow. Each school will determine how best to distribute tickets to their students, such as awarding them to students for living school values and academic performance. 
“The City of Rancho Cordova is committed to giving our young people opportunities to engage in fun and educational activities that inspire them to accomplish great things and make a difference in our community and beyond,” said Rancho Cordova Vice Mayor Linda Budge. “Operation #InspireTheFuture was exciting. We want one of our kids to be on that first trip to Mars!” 
"Partnerships like these are what dreams are made of," said Darcy Brewer, Executive Director, California Capital Airshow. The Airshow was founded on thrilling and inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars and accomplish great things. Thanks to the City of Rancho Cordova, thousands of students will be inside the Airshow gates on Sept. 9 and 10 to enjoy an amazing and educational weekend. 

“The service people talked about how working hard and paying attention to math and science in school empowered them to be able to work on machinery and fly helicopters, and that really resonated with students throughout the day. Having both men and women military personnel also showed them that, whether you’re a boy or girl, the sky is the limit,” said W.E. Mitchell Middle School Principal Jim Huber. 

“Operation #InspireTheFuture makes attending the Airshow a reality for thousands of students from every school in our City. It is a joy to give them this truly inspirational experience,” said Cyrus Abhar, Rancho Cordova City Manager.

This year’s Airshow features mesmerizing aerobatic and precision flying performances by the dynamic Patriots Jet Team, US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, US Air Force A-10 and P-38, and Kent Pietsch Interstate Cadet, plus amazing jumping performances by the Patriot Parachute Team, thrilling exotic car experiences with Precision Exotics, and so much more! From supersonic-speed jets to gravity-defying aerobatics to parachutists, and a host of on-the-ground displays and activities, a day at the Airshow is a fantastic and memorable experience for the entire family! For show details, tickets and volunteer opportunities visit Hard copy tickets are only available at the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce office located in City Hall at 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Suite 117. 
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