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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Release Date: April 22, 2016
Contact:Kelly Carroll, Lead Park Ranger
War in the Pacific National Historical Park is Proud to Showcase Jose Rios Middle School in the Ticket to Ride Student Art Exhibit
In celebration of the National Park Service's Centennial Celebration, War in the Pacific National Historical Park and partner, Pacific Historic Parks is proud to showcase artwork from Jose Rios Middle School in the Ticket to Ride Student Art Exhibit.
The students at Jose Rios Middle School were provided the opportunity to join park rangers and discover War in the Pacific National Historical Park, its natural and cultural resources, and to learn about the park's story, and how this relates to Pacific Islanders heritage. Through this experience, educators were motivated to utilize the park as an outdoor classroom as well as inspire students to take ownership of their national park and become the next generation of park stewards.
Sponsored by Disney and the National Park Foundation, this nationwide program recognizes one of the greatest barriers preventing our youth from experiencing the national parks around them is transportation. The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation which has supported over 300,000 students to visit our national parks. Once in the parks, a world of learning begins as young people discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage, participate in volunteer and service-learning activities, enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks.
This project was made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of DISNEY. The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.
Winning artworks from Jose Rios Middle School students in grades 6th through 8th were presented awards by park rangers at a school assembly.The students' artwork was displayed during National Park Week (April 16 –April 22, 2016) at the Agana Shopping Center and the winning artwork can be viewed throughout the month of April and May at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center and anytime at the park's Facebook site at www.facebook.com/WarInThePacificNHP.
For more information about War in the Pacific's Youth Programs visit our website at www.nps.gov/wapa.