Archive for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blackhawk fly-in will be Friday

October 28, 2009, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: October 28, 2009, 1:43 p.m.

Tonya Phillips experienced a Blackhawk helicopter fly-in when she worked in the Royal Valley School District, north of Topeka.

When she started working for the Tonganoxie School District this year as educational programs coordinator, she thought it would be a great idea to bring the experience to Tonganoxie.

At 1 p.m. Friday, that idea becomes a reality.

The event is a partnership with the Kansas National Guard as part of its Counterdrug/Drug Demand Reduction Program and is part of Red Ribbon Week in Tonganoxie. A Blackhawk helicopter, which Tonganoxie High School graduate and Tonganoxie resident Tim Brundage will fly, will land at Beatty Field on the THS campus, 404 E. U.S. Highway 24-40. Brundage is in the National Guard and has served in Iraq.

“That’s neat that we have a local guy and Tonganoxie graduate flying us in,” Phillips said.

Other events planned for the afternoon program: Tonganoxie VFW posting of the colors, singing of patriotic songs, speeches carrying a drug-free message, a marching band concert and a pep rally with high school cheerleaders and the THS football team.

Phillips said the landing was free of charge to the district. The Tonganoxie School District partnered with the Basehor-Linwood School District for the event, as the helicopter will land Friday morning in Basehor.

Tonganoxie School District faculty members will be on the helicopter for the fly-in.

Phillips said the event is open to the public. Standing room will be available near the west seating area. If people want to be seated for the fly-in, Phillips said they should sit in the visitor section, or the stands on the east side of the field, as the home section will be filled with district students.

The fly-over originally was scheduled for Thursday, but because of anticipated less-than-ideal weather Thursday, the event has been moved to Friday.

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