It’s a bird, it’s a plane - no, it’s an air ambulance.

But no need to panic, it’s not an emergency, it is a memory in the making.

At 8:30 a.m. Thursday a helicopter with Texas LifeStar will hover above the Central Elementary campus as a crew member snaps a photo of students who will wave to the bird above while spelling out the numerals 09 on the school’s front lawn.

The school’s Parent Teacher Organization came up with the idea and presented it to Principal Judy Walker.

“They wanted to do something different for the cover of the yearbook,” Walker said.

Cliff Montemayor, spokesman for LifeStar, said the company agreed to provide the equipment and crew, and also offered to make a touchdown to allow students a glimpse inside the helicopter.

“After taking the photo, the helicopter will sit down on the west side of the school near the cafeteria,” Montemayor said.  

The company sees the event as a great way to educate children about the important role of air ambulances and those who man the flights. And with a simple start up cost of $400 in fuel alone, the price of education is not cheap.

To ensure public safety, Stephenville police and fire crews will be on site.

Texas LifeStar has Air Evac Lifeteams in Glen Rose, Brownwood, Abilene and many other Texas cities.