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Christa McAuliffe commemorative coin act heads to president’s desk to be signed into law

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Concord, N.H., September 20, 2019 | By Mike Cronin

A bipartisan bill that would create a $1 coin honoring the Concord teacher who died aboard the space shuttle Challenger is one step away from becoming law.

The U.S. House passed the "Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act" on Thursday. The bill already passed the U.S. Senate and now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

The 37-year-old teacher was one of seven crew members who died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.

“I’m proud that this coin will help cement Christa’s place in American history for generations to come,” Rep. Annie Kuster, D-New Hampshire, said.

McAuliffe, whose name continues to show children how to make a difference, dedicated her life to teaching and to inspiring children to reach higher.

“She was smart. She was charming. She was a kind teacher who left her mark on countless students through her willingness to do whatever it took to help them succeed,” Kuster said.

The coin would be available in 2020, with proceeds from it benefiting FIRST Robotics, a New Hampshire-based program that gets students involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Earlier this year, FIRST Robotics founder and inventor Dean Kamen said the coin would be a huge win for all the teams and for the whole country.

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan said the coin would help foster a new generation of leaders through STEM education.