The award winning Adopt-A-Pilot program was introduced in 1997 as a supplementary way to educate students through aviation-themed activities related to Science, Geography, Math, Writing, and other core subjects with aviation-related activities.
As part of the Adopt-A-Pilot program, students discovered careers and further developed life skills, while the importance of staying in school was reinforced. It stressed that future goals are possible through planning, hard work, and determination.
The program ended when every student had the opportunity to be a test pilot! They saw first-hand the four forces of flight at work, as well as use the Adopt-A-Pilot F.L.I.G.H.T. Values (Fearlessness, Leadership, Imagination, Gratitude, Honesty, Tenacity) when they competed in a paper airplane contest.
Each student received a certificate of completion and enjoyed snacks from various countries provided by the Loida Family. Southwest Airlines offered this program at no cost to Valle.