Astronaut to Visit Children of Catholic Academy of Bridgeport

BRIDGEPORT—Leland Melvin, NASA astronaut, will be addressing 6th-8th graders from the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport school in Sacred Heart University’s Performing Arts Center on Monday, May 22nd at 9 am.

Following that, he will be visiting two of the campuses: St. Raphael’s to read to children grades 1-3 and St. Augustine’s to meet with students in 4th and 5th grades.

“We’re very grateful to Leland Melvin and the Paul and Anne-Marie Queally Family Foundation for making this exciting day possible. It will be an inspiring and motivating moment for our students and hopefully point them toward a lifetime of learning and achievement,” said Sister Joan Magnetti, rscj, executive director of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport.

Chasing Space is a memoir about overcoming obstacles, persevering and realizing his dreams. The official book launch date is May 23, 2017 so the Academy is receiving a preview of Chasing Space with Leland’s personal photographs from orbit.

Leland spent over 565 hours in space beginning in 2008 orbiting the earth aboard the 24th mission of Shuttle Atlantis and then in 2009 aboard the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station.

There is an adult version and a young reader’s edition which will motivate and inspire. Leland is an astronaut, chemist, athlete, engineer, photographer and musician who encourages Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) careers.

The event is being underwritten by the Paul and Anne-Marie Queally Family Foundation.

The Catholic Academy of Bridgeport is one school with four different campuses throughout the city: St. Augustine Academy, St. Raphael Academy, St. Ann Academy and St. Andrew Academy. For information visit the web: