SAN JOSE -- At a bilingual charter school in Southeast San Jose, teacher Victoria Ramirez is working to better the odds for her first-graders -- to set them not only on the path to college, but also toward her alma mater, UC Berkeley and, among her first-generation American students, to light the fire of interest in math and science, specifically space technology.
To help do that, the second-year teacher has invited retired NASA astronaut José Hernandez to speak next month. She talked Hernandez into lowering his speaking fee from $15,000 to $2,500 and to visit on a Saturday so families could attend.
She's still short of her goal but is not giving up.
How to contribute
To contribute to the astronaut speaker fund: go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-jose-hernandez-to-1st-grade