Eight primary school pupils are preparing to reach for the stars when they visit the International Space Centre in Moscow later this month.
The children from years five and six at Ladywood Primary in Kirk Hallam will be jetting off on June 23.
Head teacher Melanie Lawson is joining the kids on the trip.
She said: “It’s going to be fantastic, it really is going to be the trip of a lifetime.
“I can’t stop smiling at the thought of it, I’m so proud of the children, the parents, staff and the wider community for raising the cash to get us there.
“People really have rallied together to make sure the children can experience this, we can’t wait.”
So far £5,000 has been raised towards the cost of the week long trip. Parents aim to get another £3,000 together to cover the £1,000 cost per pupil.
Melanie added: “The cliché is reach for the moon and you’ll fall amongst the stars, I’ve always tried to teach the children this and that anything is possible.
“But next week when we stand on Red Square they’ll see that it really is true, and so will I.”
Harry Broadhurst, 11, Harriet Scott-Edwards, ten, Braiden Clay, 11, Lucy Oliver, nine, Lewis Bennett, 11, Lauren Doran, ten, Jordan Burns, ten, have got their passports at the ready for the trip.
Since they were chosen in December they have met weekly to discuss all aspects of their visit.
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