Zorn and battlefield park officials highlight funding for new education center in state budget

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LANSING, Michigan – Senator Dale Zorn, Representative Joe Bellino and officials at the River Raisin Battlefield National Park presented the learning center on Friday, which will be completed with funding included in the state budget for fiscal year 2022.

“As a long-time supporter of applied learning, I worked hard for four years to secure funding for this integration center,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “When completed, the center will transform this national battlefield facility, help us preserve our history, and attract tourists to our region.

“Michigan State University predicts that the new education center will attract more than 600,000 visitors and serve more than 100,000 K-12 students each year once it opens.”

The new state budget includes $ 2 million to create 15,000 square feet of exhibits and the facility modifications needed to open the River Raisin Great Lakes History and STEM Education Center, which was designed in partnership with educators from Michigan.

“The National Park Service is grateful for the incredible partnership we have with the State of Michigan and for all the work and support the state continues to provide under the leadership of Senator Zorn, Representative Bellino and many others. ‘others,’ said Scott Bentley. , Superintendent of the Raisin River Battlefield National Park. “The funding provided by this credit will advance the educational partnerships that the battlefield has with Michigan schools by bringing to life the interactive exhibit concepts that teachers have developed over the past eight years.”

Doug Chaffin, President of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation, highlighted the foundation’s commitment to the park and its missions of historical preservation and education.

The center’s goal is to engage students and unveil the complex history that led to the Great Lakes War of 1812, the formation of Michigan as a state, and the influence of battles on the American politics.

“It’s a big day for Monroe, and I can’t wait to see the center fully open and serve the public,” Zorn said.

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Photo caption: Senator Dale Zorn, R-Ida, presents the River Raisin Great Lakes STEM History and Education Center to be completed with $ 2 million in funding included in the state budget for fiscal year 2022 The funds will cover 15,000 square feet of exhibits and modifications to the facilities needed to open the Integrative Learning Center, which was designed in partnership with educators in Michigan.

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