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DAYTON AVIATION HERITAGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
RECOGNIZES EDISON SCHOOL STUDENTS' EXHIBIT PROJECT

Dayton, OH, – Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park congratulates the Edison School students and teachers who developed the "Who Am I" exhibit, which will be commemorated at a school assembly on Friday, May 20, 2011 at the school. The project is part of the National Park Foundation's America's Best Idea grants, a nationwide program in 33 national parks which seeks to connect youth and other underserved audiences to parks.

This exhibit project documents the Edison School students' experiences and presents their knowledge of the lives and legacies of famous Daytonians, Wilbur and Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, who played pivotal roles in American history. The student-designed exhibits will educate and inform other students, teachers, and visitors.

"Connecting the park to our neighborhood school and providing programming to young people in a segment of the community that is underserved by traditional National Park Service programs are important goals for the park here in Dayton and for the National Park Service nationwide, " said Park Superintendent Dean Alexander. "This project enables the students at the Edison School to connect with the geniuses who grew up and worked in their neighborhood and will hopefully inspire the students along their own paths of success. This project also will help connect the park to the youth of the community and help the students recognize that our National Parks are a legacy of all Americans."

Inspired by the epic Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the National Park Foundation, in partnership with Unilever, has awarded America's Best Idea Grants totaling roughly half a million dollars, to 33 national parks across the country.

Additional support for the America's Best Idea Grants is generously given by The Ahmanson Foundation and other donors to the National Park Foundation.

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park commemorates the lives and legacies of the Wright brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Wright brothers' story is based on science and technology with their invention of the airplane and Dunbar's story is based on literary achievements as an African American poet in a racially segregated America. All three achieved success through hard work, diligence and perseverance.

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Did You Know?

Replica catapult device at Huffman Prairie Flying Field.

On September 7, 1904, the Wright brothers use a catapult launching device for the first time at Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Dayton, Ohio.