Buzz Aldrin is an American hero. But he was a kid once. Before he went to the Moon, he went to middle school. On Friday, the former astronaut returned home to Montclair, New Jersey. The town honored him.
From 1941 to 1944, Buzz Aldrin attended Mount Hebron Middle School. Now officials changed its name. Officials renamed it the Buzz Aldrin Middle School. The famous explorer spoke to its 660 students.
“You’re building your future here,” said Aldrin. He said he began to love math and science during middle school. And that prepared him for his career. He talked about fighting in the Korean War. He also described being the lunar module pilot in July 1969.
The students honored Dr. Aldrin. A chorus sang “Dancing in the Moonlight.” Other students performed a dance. Drummers drummed outside on the street. A 12-year-old named Christian Uva handed Aldrin a sweatshirt with the new school’s logo. The 7th-grader called it “awesome.”
Dr. Jill Sack is the principal of Buzz Aldrin School. She said Aldrin teaches an important lesson. “He walked these halls. Then he walked on the Moon,” she said. “The students are walking these same halls. They can do these great things too!”
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to step on its surface. But he said this is just the start. “We’re going to Mars,” Aldrin said. And he called for the kids to help. “You can be a part of that.”
Updated September 19, 2016, 5:01 P.M. (ET)
By Russell Kahn (Russ)
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