STONEWALL — Stonewall School hosted a unique presentation that combine science, career education, and character education using a top fuel dragster as a focal point. Sam Parton’s Team Thunder, based out of Grove, Oklahoma, delivered motivational talks to first through twelfth graders about the importance of education in real life. Parton emphasized the need for hard work in school by telling stories from his own life while growing up in Weleetka.

Students surrounded Parton’s 30-foot long dragster to learn about the science of drag racing. They learned that the car burns a mixture of nitro and methane and can reach a speed of 100 miles an hour in eight-tenths of a second. The car also attracted the attention of several community members who stopped by to take a look and visit with Parton.

The after-school program got a special treat when Parton taught students to make and launch straw rockets down the hall of the elementary school. For a spectacular ending to a science-filled day, students launched larger air-powered rockets across the playground.