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Aims Hosts “Great Aardvark Embark” Hot Air Balloon Launch at Greeley Campus

GREELEY – September 11, 2017 – Aims Community College hosted the “Great Aardvark Embark” hot air balloon launch this past Saturday morning. Approximately 400 members of the community enjoyed a beautiful morning and learned how pilots set up, inflate and launch hot air balloons at the field near the Cornerstone building on the Greeley campus. Four balloons launched by the Colorado Balloon Club representing each of Aims’ campuses in Greeley, Fort Lupton, Windsor and Loveland, and the banners of the balloons said, “Aim High.”

Pilots from the Colorado Balloon Club arrived at Aims around 6:15 a.m. where they determined weather conditions and their plan of action for the day. They unloaded their gear, laid out the balloons, completed their safety checks and shared stories of ballooning with community members.

“Aims Community College was thrilled to host a hot air balloon launch to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said Aims President, Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. “Aims was known for many years to host hot air balloon club launches so we wanted to honor our history with the Great Aardvark Embark! I appreciated seeing the community enjoy themselves on our beautiful campus. Our purpose at Aims is to build a stronger community, and this event definitely brought the community together.”

The first 200 attendees were treated to breakfast burritos and coffee was available for all. After much anticipation and learning, the pilots boarded their balloons and embarked on their voyage over Greeley.

Hot air balloons launch for Aims campus

Hot Air Balloons inflate and launch from the Aims campus in Greeley on the morning of September 9.

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On January 24, 1967, the voters in 11 of Weld County’s 12 public school districts approved the creation of the Community College District. Since then, Aims has welcomed anyone who want to earn, a quality education at an affordable price in order to be employed in a high-demand, high-wage career. 

There are still some great events where the community can celebrate Aims Community College’s 50th anniversary. On October 6, Aims will be hosting Aardvarks in the Dark, Concert Under the Stars featuring Sean Curtis and the Divide, as well as Emma Marie. For more information and stories about other upcoming events and Aims’ 50th anniversary celebration, visit Use #Aims50.

Greeley Tribune