Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SCOTT ALTMAN ON HAND AT BUST UNVEILING AT ALTMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Story by (TCM)
Photos by Ed Emmons
Former Commander and Astronaut Scott Altman came back to Pekin Friday afternoon to help unveil the bronze bust of him at the school named in honor of him, the Scott Altman Elementary School. The school was formerly known as the Sunset Hills School.
The bust had been moved in March from the Tazewell County Museum to the school on a 3 year loan program, so students could get a first hand view of who the school is named after.
Altman spoke to the approximately 200 students and staff Friday afternoon in the gymnasium. He spoke around 15 minutes and then took questions from the K-3 students. Afterwards, students filed by the bust of Altman in the foyer of the school to greet him and get photos taken with him. Also on hand for the unveiling were the sculptor of the bust Morgan Elser, Museum Director Christal Dagit, District 108 officials, Tazewell County Board Member John Ackerman, Altman's parents and wife, and others who had a hand in making the bust a reality.
Right: Museum Director Christal Dagit speaks to students about how the bust came to be, including the fund raising behind the scenes. She introduced sculptor Morgan Elser, and Alice Cakora who did the fundraising for the bust.
Left: Altman speaks to students
The bronze bust of Altman has been at the Tazewell County Museum since being finished.