Re "Alpine District closes popular space center for now" (Tribune, Oct. 25):
I spent my fifth and sixth grade years in The Christa McAuliffe Space Education Center. It was one of the most influential periods in my life. My time there shaped the way I look at the world, and developed the skills that I use every day.
It wasn't just the fun of the place, it was the sense of belonging. Regardless how weird, nerdy or strange I was, there was a place where I was accepted. I don't think that I could have made it through secondary school without the skills I learned there. Skills vital to future life like thinking on your feet and teamwork but which are not always emphasized in a traditional classroom.