Flight 93 to Launch New Junior Ranger Program
Contact: Adam Shaffer, (814) 893-6322
SHANKSVILLE, PA: Flight 93 National Memorial is releasing their new Junior Ranger Program for its youngest visitors this Saturday, June 28 by holding a "Junior Ranger Day." The Junior Ranger Program is a national program offered at National Parks across the country. The program activities and illustrations at Flight 93 are the collaborative work of an academic team from the University of Pittsburgh and Flight 93 ranger staff. Rangers also partnered with experts from Highmark Caring Place and The Fred Rogers Company to provide a concise, child-friendly story of Flight 93 and the events of September 11, 2001.
The Junior Ranger Program provides activities that connect Flight 93 to the larger National Park System, but also explores three themed sections that introduce children to the memorial as "A Place of Reflection," "A Place of Honor," and "A Call to Action." Flight 93 Superintendent Jeff Reinbold said, "The academic team from the University of Pittsburgh was instrumental in helping our rangers adapt the memorial's key themes into child-readable and child-friendly activities." Each Flight 93-themed section of the booklet contains three activities that progress in difficulty.
The University of Pittsburgh academic team includes a specialist in art therapy, as well as School of Education alumni, graduate students, and professors.Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, the team director, said, "This partnership's many conversations, reflecting multiple disciplines and perspectives were professionally enriching for our team and led to a field tested and carefully thought out booklet that provides a resource for children to better understand Flight 93 National Memorial."
Participants who complete the Flight 93 Junior Ranger Program are asked to take the Junior Ranger Pledge and then receive a signed certificate and an official Junior Ranger badge. The Junior Ranger Program at Flight 93 was designed specifically for children ages 6 to 12, although people of all ages can participate.
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