Sally Ride died recently. She was the first woman in space. I was very saddened by her untimely death at 61 years.
One day, about 10 years ago, while teaching school, I asked my students to write letters to her about the space program. A week later, our class got back so many wonderful space souvenirs plus new and very educational and motivational tapes about living in a spaceship. These tapes showed many fun types of creative experiments for my students. Since then, my students and I wrote to Sally many times and she always had time to answer our letters.
Sally was an astronaut, teacher and author. But just as important, a wonderful person who cared about people. Thank you, Sally, for making my students lives more full, significant and interesting.
Sally, you are in heaven now riding among the stars.
Michael David Wojcio