Second year of Flying Challenge to begin for Brooks students

About 70 Brooks Middle School students are set to begin a second year of a mentoring program that is designed to encourage at-risk students in an aviation career.

The students will start the school year Flying Challenge program Friday during a tour of Exploration Place. They will meet their mentors, who are Airbus employees and Wichita State University engineering students.

Airbus Corporate Foundation provides a grant to the United Way of the Plains to run the program, which includes field trips and weekly mentoring meetings at the school. Toward the end of the year, the students will have an opportunity to fly around Wichita, United Way spokesman Delane Butler said.

Flying Challenge started with 71 students last year and grew to 84.