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One Hundred Telescope Project

2680 West County Road 476
Bushnell, Florida  33513

Press Release

From:  Colleen Strickland, Coordinator 6-12 Curriculum

Date:  December 10, 2019

Subject:  One Hundred Telescope Project


Sumter students are aiming for the stars, and Phil Rosenberg is passionate about inspiring students to rise even higher!  Mr. Rosenberg, of Weirsdale, is donating telescopes for students to use through his “One Hundred Telescopes Project.” He donated his 17th telescope on Monday to Wildwood Elementary School, making it his second donation in Sumter County.  Each telescope is given a name, and the one donated to Wildwood Elementary is named The Stephen Hawking Telescope, endowed by Elly and Tim Carroll.    “The idea is to create an environment where every child gets to say ‘Wow,” Rosenberg told School Board Member Sally Moss and Coordinator of 6-12 Curriculum Colleen Strickland.   During the school presentation, he demonstrated how to use the Celestron Nexstar 4SE Maksutov telescope and showed the students the photos he took with his telescope from his own observatory, which he invited teachers and their students to visit.   Superintendent Richard A. Shirley said, “We are so thankful for the Rosenberg family for the donation and Mrs. Moss for helping coordinate this wonderful gift. Mr. Rosenberg’s enthusiasm reminds me of my first interest in astronomy, which was cultivated as a student (and fellow teacher) by Mr. Danny McCoy. The students will probably be forever interested in astronomy because of this gift.” To show appreciation, the students of Wildwood Elementary wrote 100 thank you cards and posted them to the wall to share the excitement.  The ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting and confetti!

 As the students and teachers learned what they can do with the new instrument-such as look at the sun with a special solar filter or look at the moon during daylight-he encouraged them to utilize the telescope to inspire others.    This is the first telescope the school has received, and the science teachers will share it to teach lessons with their students.   Two books authored by Mr. Rosenberg were also donated to the school media center.   “The main idea is to inspire kids to learn something we’re forgetting in our culture, which is how to dream and use your imagination,” he said.  Mr. Rosenberg plans to include more of Sumter schools in his One Hundred Telescope Project with South Sumter Middle School next on the list.   

01-	Phil Rosenberg with the telescope  

Phil Rosenberg with the telescope

02-	WWE students listening to presentation

WWE students listening to presentation

03-	Telescope


Telescope Ribbon Cutting

Telescope Ribbon Cutting- John Temple, principal; Phil Rosenberg, donor; Sally Moss, School Board Member; Jah’favian Ruffin, student; Colleen Strickland Curriculum

Thank you wall

Thank you wall