Browning Elementary took to the sky on Halloween to help raise funds for their
Approximately 500 environmentally-friendly balloons were launched from the
school play area with cards attached from Browning students.
When the balloons land, the person finding the balloon is encouraged to
contact the school and let them know its final destination.
This is the seventh year that the Browning PTA has sponsored the balloon
The balloon launch allows students to learn more about the region's geography
and answers such scientific questions as - what happens to a balloon when it
gets caught in the jet stream?
The students use a map to track where the balloons have landed. The balloons
typically make it to Ohio, the east coast and even parts of Canada.
"It depends on the wind," explained sixth-grader Nita DeJesus.
DeJesus said she looks forward to the annual event, held this year as part of
the school's Halloween activities.
"I like launching the balloon," she said. "It's fun."
The balloon launch is environmental friendly, using biodegradable balloons
and paper. Strings are also not used on the balloons or cards.
Families are encouraged to donate for the balloon launch. The Browning PTA
will use funds from the balloon launch to provide such activities as on/off site
education, supplemental learning supplies, and playground enhancement.