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A Mid-south camp is taking flight

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The odds of an inner city child being exposed to an airplane, nevertheless to the world of aviation, is often slim to none.

Wooddale High School senior Darrell Shavers says after telling his mom about the camp she wasn't keen on it but even as a small child he wanted to fly.

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Shavers says, "When I registered for it and got accepted that's when I told my mom, so I wouldn't be so he wouldn't be mad, so mad really."

Shavers along with almost a hundred other students this summer are participating in  a camp through the Black Aerospace Professionals and Fedex Express to expose students to various careers in aviation. Fedex pilot Anthony Glenn graduated from the program in 1992.  

He says, "They're getting the opportunity to actually talk to people who are in the profession, who want to mentor them, who really want to really see them achieve and move forward in life."

Glenn also says, "The camp showed me all about the different jobs that were available in aviation and it really game me an opportunity to see just what a pilot did and how much time he spent away, the facilities at Fedex , also to get in an airplane and fly."

For many of the students the program is vital to knowing, seeing and understanding.. they can do anything. Camelia Barkley, now a dispatchers at American Airlines, went through the program back in 2002.

Barkley says,"Knowing that it's not just flying, but if you have air traffic controller, you have dispatchers, you have maintenance people and how they're all one family, one big family. "

The program also teaches students with passion, drive, dedication and training...even the sky is not the limit.

Shavers says, "Everyone I hang around, they always tell me, that my dreams will come true, thanks to these guys, they're making my dreams come true."

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