FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2021
FIRST BLACK MAN TO FLY SOLO AROUND THE WORLD TO BRING VIRTUAL FLYING CLASSROOM TO BROOKLYN CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Academy in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will take a virtual journey around the world thanks to a “Flying Classroom” STEM class tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 10 a.m., as part of their celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
The “Flying Classroom” lesson will be led by Captain Barrington Irving, who in 2007 became the first Black man and youngest person ever to fly solo around the world. Captain Irving traveled 30,000 miles over 97 days in a single-engine plane known as “Inspiration.”
Launched in 2014, the “Flying Classroom” is a K-8 STEM+ digital curriculum that challenges students to design innovative solutions to the problems he investigates. The lessons will be incorporated into the Diocesan school and academy curriculum as a component of the 2021 Year of Renewal for Catholic Education.
The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Members of the media can request the Zoom link by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org