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Challenger Center makes announcement about securing the center’s future

Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Thursday night proved to be a historic one for the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky.

Officials called it the biggest in the organization’s history.

“The Challenger Center announced a public campaign this evening,” Director Tom Cravens said. “We’ve set a goal to raise 2.25 million dollars and we need the public to help us do that.”

The campaign was announced in front of a large crowd in hopes that the center will continue to educate and amaze for decades to come.

“We feel like that that will sustain the Challenger Center over the long run and have us here for another 150,000 students,” Cravens said.

Officials also took the opportunity to show off new exhibits.

“The place is so different from the way it was,” former student Jody Caudill said. “We have some really cool things set up in the Moon, Mars and Beyond Museum and the mission control looks amazing. The space shuttle has been fully updated, it’s so cool.”

They also taught those in attendance how to make “astronaut ice cream” using baking ingredients and liquid nitrogen.

“That gets it really cold really quickly and it takes the time to make ice cream down from like over an hour to a few minutes,” Caudill said.

It is the thought of putting more smiles on the faces of the kids, however, that has Cravens excited for the future.

“It takes more bells than whistles to get a kid’s attention these days and we’ve added those here at the Challenger Center so we’re really excited about that,” Cravens said.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, it was announced that officials have already raised $1,950,000 during the silent fundraising period.

Original Story

Officials with the Challenger Learning Center will make an important announcement on Thursday night about the future of the program.

WYMT will have live coverage on our Facebook page.

You can also watch the announcement below. Among the speakers will also be former Governor Paul E. Patton.

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