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Where We Live: Depew


The sky’s more of a destination than a limit for one group of Depew students and their teacher.

Aaron Nolan, a technology instructor at Depew Middle School, will chaperone three girls and three boys as they head to U.S. Space Camp from July 27 to Aug. 2 in Huntsville, Ala.

The Depew Board of Education this week approved the trip sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corp., which has offices in Amherst.

Nolan has participated in the defense giant’s science and technology programs for several years, earning $600 over the past two years for supplies for his classroom. This year, he asked company representatives about the space program and was given the opportunity to participate with six students who have expressed an interest in space exploration and engineering.

The largest benefit of the trip will be the chance for students to see real-world applications of what they are learning in class, Nolan said, adding that they will be given a glimpse at what some would consider a dream career.

“Who hasn’t thought about being an astronaut?” he asked.

Also this week:

• The Depew Union Free School District Board of Education is introducing a Recognition Award program in order to “honor students, staff, community members and parents who exhibit extraordinary performance that exemplifies excellence in education.” For more information, visit the school’s website at:

• The Depew High School’s “Mr. Depew” event is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the 5201 S. Transit Road high school’s auditorium.

• The public hearing on the 2013-14 proposed budget will be held Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Depew High School Cafeteria, 5201 S. Prior to the public hearing, the community is invited to a “meet the candidates” forum at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. The six candidates for the Board of Education are Gabrielle Miller, Steven Brady, Patrick Law, Nancy Fumerelle, John Spencer, Nicole Simon.