By Crystal Faldalen
Ten-year-old Tessa Nystrom of Havre will be one of 16 kids in the United States attending space camp in Florida thanks to her "hometown proud" vision.
Nystrom entered IGA's Explore the Store contest with an essay that described how she would use the space program to help her hometown.
Nystrom's essay focused on becoming a NASA technical writer. She wrote that as a technical writer, she would be sure to keep the Havre community updated on what is going on in space.
"For example, my grandpa sells tractors to farmers," Nystrom wrote. "If NASA created a new crop out in space, then I would write about how it grows and how to plant it. The farmers around Havre, Montana, would read this information and they might start to grow the crop."
Space campers are housed in a model futuristic space station with private bunks and lockers. Schedules include trainings, labs, hands-on learning activities and experiments. The camp lasts five days.
Because IGA only covers camp tuition, and not travel costs, the Nystrom family will be holding a fund-raiser on Aug. 19 at the VFW Club, beginning at 3 p.m. Live music and games will be provided and a freewill donation will be taken for a barbecue supper. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held as well. Everyone is welcome.
Send donations to Nystrom Space Camp Fund, 1494 31st Ave. N.E., Havre, MT 59501.