PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia public school had a very special visitor on Wednesday, who brought an unusual message to motivate students. The Kearney School, in Northern Liberties, hosted the first African-American woman in space.
Dr. Mae Jemison is the prize in a contest called “Win a Day with Mae, ” sponsored by Bayer, to encourage science in schools. Kearney, with its arts-infused curriculum, might seem an unlikely winner but the astronaut’s message made clear why it was the perfect choice.
“I wanted to be a dancer, I wanted to be an astronaut, I wanted to be an artist, I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to be an architect, I wanted to do a restaurant…” Jemison explained to the students.
It wasn’t about picking a career in science.
“I’m going to tell you: Choose the kind of person you intend to be. Find those qualities that you want to be and work on those, ” Jemison said.
Principal Daniel Kurtz hoped the visit would be inspiring.
“This is, for so many of the students in there, a moment that is going to make a difference for them, ” Kurtz said.