Diane Konrady's husband spotted an unusual sight on their farm in Calais on Saturday, April 20th.
"My husband was looking out to make sure there weren't any predators coming to get the farm animals and said there is something in the driveway but it's floating. What is it? It looks like a balloon," she said.
They retrieved the balloon, which had landed in a tree, and noticed that it had print markings on it. "After we found it, we went online cause he could make out enough of the name to put in a search and do a search and find it, and find out is was a preschool in Watkinsville, Georgia.
Konrady contacted Oconee Preschool Academy and found out that the little balloon made a remarkable journey.
Back on Friday April 19th more than 100 balloons were launched by some preschool students in Watkinsville, Georgia. Now on that particular day there were strong southerly winds in the upper levels, so one of the balloons was actually caught in the jet stream and landed about 1,000 miles to the north -- in Calais, Vermont -- the very next day.
The director of the pre-school, Nikki Wright, said the launch of the balloons helped raise awareness for early childhood education. "It's the week that the National Association of Young Children -- which is NAEYC. It celebrates the week of the young child -- a week that across the country, the United States, we really want to bring the importance of early childhood education to young children," she said.
The students at the preschool thought the balloon's journey was pretty neat -- and so did Konrady's husband. "He thought it was very cool -- very, very cool -- not like his usual sightings of bears and fisher cats," she said.
The next time you see a balloon rising in the sky, perhaps you'll take a moment to wonder where it could end up.
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