Good News for Fourth Graders: They Can Keep Their Park Passes, for Now
FOURTH GRADERS RECEIVED THEIR EVERY KID IN A PARK PASSES DURING A SPECIAL CANOEMOBILE EVENT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HOSTED BY WILDERNESS INQUIRY AND NATIONAL PARK TRUST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NORTH FACE, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, AND THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE TO CELEBRATE THE EVERY KID IN A PARK PROGRAM AND KICK OFF OAK’S ANNUAL GATHERING. | PHOTO COURTESY OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS
After considerable public pressure, the Department of the Interior just announced that it would grant a year’s extension to Every Kid in a Park, an Obama-era program that provides all fourth graders with a free pass to the nation’s public lands.
“Today’s decision is a victory for kids across the U.S,” said Jackie Ostfeld, director of Sierra Club Outdoors and chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, in a press release. “Ending this program would have been a big mistake, and we’re glad to see that the Department of Interior will continue to support Every Kid in a Park.” Continue reading
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“Villages preserve culture: dress, food and dance are a few examples. As villages grow in population and turn into towns, local cafes make way for large American chains. Handmade leather sandals are discarded for a pair of Western sneakers.
Due to its small size, a village fosters a tight-knit sense of community. Justpeace.org explains the meaning of the African proverb, “It takes a village,” by stating that a sense of community is critical to maintaining a healthy society.
Village members hold a wealth of information regarding their heritage: they know about the ancient traditions, methods of production and the resources of the land. When villages become dispersed or exterminated in times of war, this anthropological knowledge disappears.
Large cities are not as conducive to growing and producing foods such as fruits and vegetables. Villages, on the other hand, usually have ample amounts of land and other resources necessary for growing conditions.” The Importance of Villages by Catherine Capozzi
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