The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, is proud to award Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park a 2012 Impact Grant to support the launch of “Learning in Action: Bringing Students to the Park,” a project that will provide funding assistance to Title 1 schools in order to bring students to the Park and participate in curriculum-based education programs. The grant is part of the National Park Foundation’s Impact Grant program which gives parks the critical financial support needed to transform innovative, yet underfunded ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives
Today’s youth spend little time participating in outdoor activities, yet their time using electronic media outlets ever increases. The resulting disconnect from utilizing parks as outdoor classrooms helps to contribute to the lack of historical understanding of sites and the sense of isolation from civic responsibilities.
This project allows Title 1 teachers to apply for transportation funding assistance ($212 per bus) in order to bring students to the Park and learn about this important historic site first hand. Teachers completing the standard reservation form on the Park website (www.nps.gov/chch/forteachers) will need to check the additional transportation funding box to be considered for assistance. Currently, this funding will be available for teachers through September 30, 2012.
“With these strategic grants, we have been able to positively impact hundreds of national parks across the country,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “This unique program helps the parks enhance the visitor experience, engaging more people, and ultimately building a stronger community of park enthusiasts who share an appreciation and commitment to protecting America’s Best Idea, their national parks.”
The National Park Foundation, in partnership with ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation, The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and The HISTORY Channel, awarded Impact Grant grants to 62 national parks across the country totaling more than $500,000.
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