MOONACHIE, N.J. — Robert L. Craig School Middle School science teacher Valerie Kenny and her students are tweeting at and Facebook messaging astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in hopes he will #TakeMsKennyToFormal.
While Kenny and her youngsters got a jump on inundating Tyson's social media platforms last month to make sure the cosmologist will be free come May 11, they recently discovered he'll be on the West Coast the week of formal.
Still, Kenny is determined to introduce Tyson to her students.
"He's the kind of scientist that can explain anything to anyone and they'll get it," Kenny said. "He can explain black holes to kindergarteners and they’ll understand. That's what I try to do in my job."
Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City's American Museum of Natural History. He founded the museum's Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.
Kenny shaved her head in June after losing a fundraising bet with her students. Based on their Tweets and Facebook posts, it seems like the students have their teacher's back this time around.
"Isn't [your] life long dream to take @MsKennyscience to the formal? Now's your chance," one student wrote on Twitter.
"Please take my science teacher Ms.Kenny to the eighth grade formal," another student wrote. "Please she will be so happy."
"You are an eloquent speaker, a smooth talker," Kenny wrote on Tyson's Facebook page. "And I can only assume a fantastic dancer."
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