Plane talk raises $10K for Nevada Union classrooms |

Plane talk raises $10K for Nevada Union classrooms

A fundraiser featuring a Vietnam pilot who survived a fiery crash in Vietnam – and went on to fly the world’s fastest plane – netted $10,000 for Nevada Union High School classrooms.

Teachers will be able to use the money to buy basic classroom supplies, such as dry erase markers, paper and printer cartridges.

Pilot and professional photographer Brian Shul shared tales of his Cold War-era missions flying the SR-71 Blackbird, including his exclusive collection of photos from the cockpit.

About 400 people showed up to the event last Saturday at Twin Cities Church. Organizer Dan Castles, who is a Nevada Union parent and president of local high-tech company Telestream, said attendance was about half the number he had hoped for.

He was disappointed that few Nevada Union teachers attended, he added.

“People just loved it,” Castles said. “But they told me, ‘I saw the kids, but where are the teachers?'”

“It was more about scheduling than anything else,” said Lynn McDaniel, a Nevada Union teacher who helped organize the fundraiser. “It’s not a case of teachers not appreciating it.”

Teachers are nervous about budget cuts, especially with layoff notices scheduled to arrive no later than Monday, she added.

It was Castles’ first time planning a fundraiser at such a scale, and he organized the event in a matter of weeks.

“I thought it was amazing that he stepped out and took it and ran with it,” McDaniel said.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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