Southwest Pilot Eve Lapierre teaches eager students at Hidden Lakes Elementary in Keller, TX as part of the Adopt-A-Pilot program.Teaching Life SkillsThe lessons of Adopt-A-Pilot also go beyond traditional lesson plans. Adopt-A-Pilot seeks to instill students with what we call our FLIGHT values: fearlessness, leadership, imagination, gratitude, honesty, and tenacity. “While Pilots are teaching curriculum through aviation, what they’re really doing is teaching values—like being a good person and doing the right thing,” says Sally. “They’re trying to inspire kids to reach for whatever they want to tackle in the future.”Additional Partnerships and ActivitiesSouthwest’s Adopt-A-Pilot program is just one of the many ways that we are working to inspire and equip the next generation. Our Campus ReachTeam identifies and engages future Southwest Employees at an early age by:• Partnering with the Dallas Independent School District in our hometown to inspire student interest in STEM careers and aviation.• Hosting Aviation Days to provide 3rd – 8th grade students with a day-long camp that aims to educate and inspire them about the aviation industry.• Offering high school internships that expose students to a variety of careers in aviation and emphasize the importance of education and opportunities beyond a diploma or degree.• Facilitating Southwest Summer Campto expose high-school-age children of Southwest Employees to the world of work at Southwest, hopefully inspiring them to join the Southwest Family as an intern or full-time Employee.• Supporting STEM education through unique partnerships. In late 2017, we provided a team of students with round trip airfare to watch their nationally-recognized science experiment rocketed into space.Part of Southwest’s CultureAs we look forward to the next decade of Adopt-A-Pilot, we recognize Frank Jackson, who has been with the program since its inception in 1997, for embodying our commitment to youth. While Frank retired from Southwest in 2016, he still volunteers as an Adopt-A-Pilot in his hometown of Los Angeles, teaching in the inner city where he feels he can have the biggest impact. Frank is committed to spending time at the school to support the kids and their teachers. “I have a chance to help these kids to step up just a little bit. Just study a little bit harder,” says Frank. In doing so, Frank is helping pass the torch to the next generation.