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A Dream in the Making

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All across the country each year, Southwest Airlines Pilots volunteer their time to participate in the Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot Program.  The program educates fifth-grade students through aviation-themed activities related to science, geography, math, writing, and other core subjects.  Nine years ago, I was one of those students sitting in the classroom.  At that... read more

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Adopt-A-Pilot Program: Helping Fifth Graders Reach New Heights

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What draws me to Adopt-A-Pilot is the excitement and curiosity of all my students.  Their faces light up whenever I visit the classroom.  Their parents write to me and pull me aside to tell me what an impact our program has made on their children’s lives. The children’s grades improve; they are more excited to learn; they realize that their dreams are within reach.  I... read more

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a … Helicopter in the School Yard!

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For the past nine years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as an Adopt-A-Pilot.  I visit three fifth-grade classrooms each month at Desert Shadows Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. We talk about everything from the history and future of aviation to science, math, and geography.  By telling these students about my career, I encourage them to start... read more

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Giving Wings to Young Minds

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For almost 15 years now, I’ve had the sincere privilege of being a Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot.  I cannot begin to capture the flood of memories I have from working with these amazing kids over the years.  It is one of the few things in life I get to do that never gets old. The Southwest Adopt-a-Pilot (AAP) program is heading into its 17th year, and, to date, it has... read more

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Pencils, Paper, and Paper Planes

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School supplies have taken over store aisles and yellow buses are returning to the roadways—it’s officially back to school season! As the school bell is ringing for children across the nation, our Pilots are also thinking about returning to the classroom with Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program.  With program registration opening for Pilots this week, Southwest and... read more

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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE for Southwest’s Video—Our Pilots Take Kids’ Dreams to 30,000 Feet!

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Emily Kasinger never imagined that a Southwest Airlines Pilot would play a huge role in taking her dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet.  Helping kids dream big dreams—that’s the mission of First Officer Gary Hooyman who volunteers for Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program.This video highlights the amazing things that happen because of our unique Adopt-A-Pilot... read more

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Adopt-A-Pilot Reaches More Than 400,000 Kids

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For me, it’s important that we invest in the future of our country by giving from the heart and devoting time to the future generations.  Through Southwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot Program, we Pilots have the opportunity to go into classrooms all across America and help shape impressionable minds.  Helping kids dream big dreams—this is why I volunteer for Southwest’s... read more

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It Always Comes From the Heart

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We may be an airline, but we do some of our best work on the ground.  That’s the theme of the new Southwest ad campaign that will debut in primetime during NFL starting Sunday, Dec. 16!  The new spots celebrate Southwest Employees and highlight how we give back and make a positive difference in the communities we serve.   Southwest Airlines is dedicated... read more

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Why I Help Kids Dream Big Dreams

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Recently, you learned about one of my Adopt-A-Pilot students, 12-year-old Emily from Trenton, MO, and the opportunity I had to take her big dream on the dance floor to 30,000 feet.  After you watch the world premiere of Southwest’s short film, “The Voyage of a Dream,” I hope you’ll agree with me that’s it’s so important to help kids dream big dreams, because... read more

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Capt. Joe and the Flying Fifth Graders

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Over 800 Southwest Airlines Pilots are Adopt-a-Pilots for more than 1,200 fifth-grade classes all over the United States.  These Pilots volunteer their time, and often travel and rent cars to get to their Adopt-a-Pilot classes. In fact, one Adopt-a-Pilot I have known for years in Chicago hit it off so well with his teacher that they eventually married!  After all, we... read more

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