Carter Elementary celebrating 20th anniversary

Staff reportFebruary 26, 2014 

Carter Elementary School is having a 20th anniversary celebration Thursday.

The observance will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the school, located at 5910 Zebulon Road. The public is invited.

The school is named for Manley Lanier “Sonny” Carter Jr., who died in a plane crash on the way to Brunswick in 1991.

Carter was a doctor, a professional soccer player, a “top gun” pilot and an astronaut.

He graduated from Lanier High School in Macon in 1965 and went on to Emory University, where he earned his medical degree.

While at Emory he became a professional soccer player for the Atlanta Chiefs. After completing his degree, he joined the Navy to become a flight surgeon and pilot.

He was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 1984, and he was on the first night launch aboard the shuttle Discovery.

Carter Elementary opened its doors in January 1994, almost three years after Carter’s death.

Former administrators, staff members and students will join in the 20th anniversary celebration. The event will be held in conjunction with math and science activities.

For more information, contact Carter Elementary School at (478) 779-3350

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