Contact: MaryEllen Snyder-National Park Service, 724-329-8131
Contact: Brooke Neel-Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, 814-893-6552
SHANKSVILLE, Pa. –Fourth-grade students from the Baldwin-Whitehall School District in Allegheny County will visit Flight 93National Memorial over four days in May to launch a new educational program geared to encourage awareness and visitation to the Memorial.
The special pilot program is part of the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative created by the National Park Foundation and coincides with the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service.
The visits by Baldwin-Whitehall students are made by possible a generous donation from UPMC, which is covering transportation, meals, water bottles, and National Park Service interpretive staffing for all four hundred attendees.
"Fourth graders have been chosen as the focus of this pilot program so that we can start to educate the next generation of young Americans and introduce them to an important national memorial right here in Western Pennsylvania," said Henry Scully, Executive Director of the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. "Our goal is to make this program available to school districts throughout Allegheny County and the entire region."
The Baldwin-Whitehall visit on May 24 will be open to the media.
Students, teachers and chaperones will be greeted by National Park Service interpreters once they arrive at the memorial in Somerset County.They will learn the story of the heroes of Flight 93 as they experience the memorial walkway and visit the "Wall of Names," which marks the flight path leading to the crash site. They also will participate in programming in the Memorial's new Learning Center and Visitor Center.
"The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial want to ensure that the inspiring story of Flight 93 continues to resonate with our young people well into the future," Scully said."Introducing the memorial to these fourth grade students will be a great start."
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Last updated: May 22, 2016