The Friends of Arlington’s Planetarium
Outlook improves for Arlington, Va., schools planetarium

April 30, 2010


Michael Alison Chandler writes in the Washington Post: "The stars will shine in the David M. Brown Planetarium next year, after the Arlington County School Board unanimously approved a new budget Thursday night."

The article contains this early mention of our organization:

"School administrators recommended closing the aging planetarium this year, citing its outdated equipment and questionable educational value.

"But parents and community members rallied to save the facility, which was named for a graduate of Arlington's Yorktown High School who was killed in the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster. More than 900 people signed an online petition, and more than 3,000 joined an online Save the Arlington Planetarium Facebook page. Some residents formed a Friends of the Arlington Planetarium group, which has pledged to raise money to update the 1960s-era technology."

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