Diane McKee will receive a Lifetime MOSI Membership and celebrate real heroes — teachers — at the start of MOSI’s Superhero Festival
Tampa, FL — A group of middle school students will gather at MOSI on Tuesday, March 22, at 10:15 a.m. expecting a small ceremony to honor their favorite teacher. But they’re in for a high-flying surprise.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No — it’s Mrs. McKee!
Their beloved teacher, Hillsborough County and Florida Teacher of the Year Diane McKee, will soar in from 50 feet overhead on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Zip Line.
She’ll be wearing a cape like a superhero to remind everyone of the real heroes — teachers — who save the day, every day, in classrooms all across our community.
The students’ reactions will go from surprised to excited as McKee receives a Lifetime MOSI Membership to honor her dedication to Florida’s children.
The Lifetime MOSI Membership will be dramatically presented up, up, and away — 15 feet above the ground, in a ceremony on the Sky Trail® Ropes Course. McKee will then come down to ground level to visit with the students.
The students set to witness this first-of-its-kind ceremony come from Tampa’s Williams Middle Magnet School, where McKee teaches English.
March 22 will be McKee’s final full day as Hillsborough County’s Teacher of the Year; the banquet naming a new honoree takes place on March 23. This past July, McKee was also named the statewide Florida Department of Education-Macy’s Teacher of the Year, and she will continue in that role as an ambassador for teaching until July 2016.
McKee’s heroic flight comes just before MOSI’s month-long Superhero Festival, which begins with Opening Weekend of the new film Batman v Superman in the Florida Hospital IMAX DOME Theatre March 24, and ends with Crime Fighters Weekend April 16 and 17, when police, fire, and EMS workers get free admission to MOSI and all guests can see and touch real crime fighting vehicles and technology.
Other Superhero Festival events, all included with MOSI admission:
- Comic Book Swap – Saturday, March 26 – Buy, sell, or trade awesome comics as stores from across Tampa gather at MOSI.
- Science of Superheroes – every day – Hands-on demonstrations, led by MOSI’s STEAMpunks, show you the science behind some of your favorite superheroes’ powers.
- Classic Superman Cartoons – check daily schedules – Get into the superhero spirit as MOSI shows the classic 1940’s Superman cartoons.
MOSI members can also join Member Date Night on April 15. For $30, couples get two tickets to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, popcorn to share, and free child care from MOSI’s educators.
Media are invited to attend the surprise superhero flight and ceremony. Please help us maintain the surprise by arriving by 10:15 on March 22. Diane McKee will be wearing a GoPro on her helmet and MOSI’s staff will record the flight from several angles; we will make all of that video available for download shortly after the event.
Grayson Kamm, MOSI Communications Director – 727-430-2247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya Arja, Hillsborough County Public Schools Communications Manager – 813-272-4060 or email@example.com