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Aviation Education Outreach

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Our mission is to provide educational and development programs in support of expanding aviation experiences and opportunities for our community and surrounding areas. The Aviation Education Outreach (AEO) is a program within the Community Foundation of East Alabama, a 501(c)(3) organization led by an advisory committee of community volunteers. The program is funded by donations from private and corporate donors as well grants made possible through the generous support of the Cities of Auburn and Opelika, along with the Lee County Commission. The AEO is working to build an endowment that will ensure long-term goals are successful.

The AEO is building from the achievements of the inaugural Auburn-Opelika Air Show in 2013 to bring additional aviation themed events to the area.

Themed events will be a series of immersive, aviation themed experiences for young and old alike. These may include structured, full-time activities, such as elementary, high school and post secondary aviation programs or one-time events like the Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour, Young Aviator Days and the Auburn-Opelika Airshow. AEO events educate and entertain attendees and participants, showcasing the relevance of aviation to our local community, state and the rest of the country.

Our fly-in event, held May 16, 2015, is being hosted by our partner, the Auburn University Regional Airport. Another key partner with the fly-in is the Auburn University Aviation Center. This event supports and promotes one of the Aviation Center's key goal of outreach.

The AEO aims to expose audiences to the wonders of aviation and open young minds to the possibility of a wide range of future aviation-related career opportunities through history, math and science.

As a local center for philanthropy, the Community Foundation of East Alabama works with individuals, families, corporations, private foundations and non-profit organizations to help them carry out their charitable objectives and address emerging community issues. Their area of reach includes the five county region of Lee, and parts of Chambers, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties.

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