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Mesa honors Volunteer of the Month


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  • Lynda Jordan/Mesa Public Schools

Mesa Volunteer Brad Nelson

Mesa Public Schools officials recognized Brad Nelson of Red Mountain Ranch Elementary at the district’s April 22 school board meeting.

Tribute to Brad Nelson

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Brad Nelson accepts his Volunteer of the Month prizes from Superintendent Mike Cowan. Mesa Public Schools and the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence provide gifts to show their heartfelt appreciation. Photo courtesy Mesa Public Schools

Brad Nelson, also known as “Rocket Man” at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary, has coached fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders in the FIRST LEGO League Club for three years.

Students learn to program robots, solve real-world problems and boost team-building skills in the spirit of friendly competition. Brad also takes club members to tournaments and to district SciTech Expos.

Brad is a rocket systems engineer for Orbital Science Corp. He specializes in propulsion components and mechanical systems.

Mountain Ranch is extremely grateful to Brad for devoting many of his precious hours to the FIRST LEGO League Club and for increasing the children’s interests and abilities in science and technology.

Brad, thank you for your time and your continued support of academic excellence and enrichment at Red Mountain Ranch Elementary School.

Volunteer of the Month prizes

Superintendent Mike Cowan presented Nelson a certificate, a copy of the tribute, a tumbler, a candy bouquet and a coaster from Mesa Public Schools. Cowan also awarded Chapin a $50 gift card and a book titled “Because of You: Celebrating the Difference You Make” from the Mesa Foundation for Educational Excellence.